Himalayas Roof of the World is powered by Barcrest and comes with 5 reels, 10 rows and 100 paylines. Playable from 10p to £500 a spin on all devices, it comes with a Snow Slide Bonus feature where wilds randomly after left in the wake of an avalanche. There’s also a Free Spins Bonus feature where you can get random snow wilds as well as expanding Wild Icicle symbols. Finally, there’s also a Big Bet feature.
Himalayas Roof of the World is based on the mountain range in Asia which separates the Indian subcontinent from the Tibetan plateau – you see the world’s highest mountain, Mount Everest, form the backdrop. With a Tibetan feel to the reels, symbols include hearts, spade, clubs and diamonds as well as tents, pickaxes, tigers and eagles.
You’ll also see Tibetan ladies and Tibetan monks which appear 3 symbols high – the monk is the highest value symbol giving you 50 times your stake for 5 across a payline. There’s also an ice wild symbol which substitutes for all symbols except the lady, monk and bonus symbols. When playing at £2 or less per spin, the return to player % is 94% – if played more than £2, it increases to 96%.
When it comes to bonus features, you have the Snow Slide Bonus feature which is triggered randomly during the base game – an avalanche occurs with snow sweeping over the reels. As a result, it scatters wild symbols over the reels which can result in a nice win.
Then you have the Free Spins Bonus feature which is played when you get 3, 4 or 5 Himalayas bonus symbols – this will reward you with 8, 12 or 20 free spins respectively. Now, the Snow Slide Bonus feature can randomly trigger at any time during the free spins for wilds on the reels. Furthermore, and more importantly, the reels contain double-height Wild Icicle symbols that expand to fill the entire reel!
Look out for the compass symbol on reel 5 as this increases the chances of retriggering the Free Spins Bonus feature – each compass appearing on the reels will increase the winning segment of the Mystery Free Spins compass by 1/5th. The needle then spins to determine if you will win more free spins – you will be taken to the Himalayas map which contains 4 trails. Each of them contains a random number of free spins which are then added to your total.
Being a Barcrest slot, Himalayas Roof of the World comes with a Big Bet feature where you play a series of 5 linked spins – you can choose from a £20, £30 and £50 option. The £20 option requires you to get 2 or more bonus symbols in order to trigger the Free Spins Bonus feature – 2, 3, 4 or 5 bonus symbols will give you 8, 12, 20 or 50 free spins.
The same applies in the £30 option but all low value symbols are removed from the reels. In the £50 option, you get all the above as well as 1 reel being fully wild throughout. Finally, the RTP% increases to 97.75%.
Visually, Himalayas Roof of the World is beautiful and has stunning artwork – in terms of bonus features, I like the Snow Slide Bonus feature which can result in lots of wilds being added to the reels. It gets better in the Free Spins Bonus feature as you have double-height Icicle wilds that expand to give you fully wild reels. Variance wise it’s in the middle with maximum wins of 500 times your stake on each spin. I also recommend you try other Barcrest slots with Hercules High & Mighty a good choice.