If last year was the year Microgaming spread its wings to welcome independent gaming studios into its voluminous folds, this year looks set to continue the love-in. Yet again, a team up between Microgaming and an independent gaming studio results in an epic new slot. This time round, the Valkyries are getting the attention they deserve. Move over Thor and the other Asgardians, we’re celebrating the female warriors in all their ice cool demeanour.

Freezing Up On The Reels

Crazy Tooth Studio (we do wonder what the people who work there look like) and Microgaming bring us Arctic Valor, a six reel slot with 4,096 Ways to Win. We have a range of warrior women ready for battle across a frozen landscape. If it sounds reminiscent of NextGen’s Renegades slot, it is, but does plenty differently. With each spin, the women strike impressive poses, ready to strike down and vanquish their enemies, while using the paylines to help us claim the wins.

Huge icicles grow at the top of the screen, eventually falling down and crashing at the bottom. When this happens the Icicle Feature launches in full effect, giving us Wild Transformations and instant wins. This goes to the next level when the Arctic Valor Bonus Free Spins are triggered. The music, the action, the simple-to-understand free spins round – it’s got everything we need. And it’s got some gorgeous, powerful warriors, too.

Spinning With The Valkyries

It’s good to see Valkyries taking front and centre on a slot and in Arctic Valor they get the full cinema effect. Crisp graphics, smooth gameplay and easy to use features make this much more than just a fun slot to play. The fact that the characters look just as good as the rest of the graphics would give any warrior plenty of heart as they burst into battle.