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Winterberries comes from the Swedish game developer Yggdrasil and the theme is very Nordic – Scandivanian berries in a wintery landscape. The music playing in the background is a Finnish tune named Ievan Polkka. Examples of berries that can show up are blueberries, lingonberries, common sea buckthorn, and cloudberries.
Winterberries is a high variance slot, which means that a small bankroll can dry up quickly since you can’t expect to be sustained by numerous small wins during a gaming session. For those who love high variance games, Winterberries is great. If low or medium variance is your cup of tea, you will probably grow frustrated quickly when playing Winterberries.
Winterberries lacks common features such as wild symbol, scatter symbol, bonus symbol, free spins mode, and bonus round. Instead, focus is on the base game and on the innovative freezing feature with re-spins.
If three identical berry symbols appear on a payline they will freeze in place, while the other symbols spin again, giving you a new chance of forming winning combinations without making a new wager.
Example: Three lingonberry symbols appear on payline #2. They freeze in place there and all other symbols spin again.
In this case, any new lingonberry symbol that appears after the re-spin will freeze in place to, and an new re-spin will take place. This will happen even if the new lingonberry symbol didn’t produce any win. (This is unusual in the slot world. Typically, a win is required for a new respin to take place.)
More and more of the same berry symbol being frozen on the screen will of course make it easier to form winning combinations.
If both reel #1 and #2 gets covered in identical berry symbols, you will be awarded a 2x win multiplier.
If the third reel gets covered in the same symbol as reel 1 and 2, the win mulitplier will increase to 3x.
If the fourth reel gets covered in the same symbol as reel 1, 2 and 3, the win mulitplier will increase to 4x.
If the fifth reel gets covered in the same symbol as the other reels, the win mulitplier will increase to 5x.