Snow Leopard is a 6 reel, 40 to 80 payline slot from Barcrest that can be played from 10p to £500 a spin on all compatible devices (including laptops, iOS and Android). With a snowy theme, it benefits from wild reels on every spin, a free spins feature where you can get up to 6 wild reels and a Big Bet mode which is played on 2 reel sets.

Visually, Snow Leopard is set on a snow-capped mountain – symbols include A, K, Q, J, 10 and 9 playing cards as well as rabbits, squirrels, leopards and an arctic female warrior. The latter is the highest value symbol giving you 6 times your stake for 6 across a payline.

The snow leopard’s face is the wild symbol which substitutes for all symbols except the scatter – more importantly, at least 1 reel will always be fully wild on every base game spin to increase your winning potential. This is known as the Snow Leopard Wilds feature.

There’s also a Free Spins feature which is played when you get 3 or more paw print scatters anywhere on the reels – 3, 4 or 5 will give you 8, 20, or 50 free spins respectively. Furthermore, the wild reel from the triggering spin will remain locked in place for the duration of the feature. Additional reels may also become wild with the possibility of all 6 reels becoming fully wild.

Being a Barcrest slot, Snow Leopard benefits from the Big Bet feature which consists of 5 linked spins of the reels – you can choose from a £20, £30, £40 or £50 option. Each of the options uses the Double Play feature where you play across 2 6 reel, 40 payline reel sets giving you 80 paylines in total. Furthermore, the value of the symbols double when using the Big Bet feature meaning 6 female arctic warriors will give you 12 times your stake as opposed to 6.

You can choose from Independent Reels where wild stacks are the same on both reel sets, Matched Spins & Wilds where the reels are synchronised or Matched Wilds where reels spin independently of each other. Also, if you get 6 scatters, you will receive 100 free spins – you collect scatters in the free spins trail during the 5 linked big bet spins. Anyway, here’s what the options entail:

  • £20 option – 5 Big Bet spins with Double Play feature. 3 or more scatters will give you up to 100 free spins.
  • £30 option – 5 Big Bet Spins with Double Play feature. You can win up to 100 free spins with 2x wild stack multipliers.
  • £40 option – 5 Big Bet Spins with Double Play feature. Up to 100 free spins can be won with 2x or 3x wild stack multipliers available.
  • £50 option – 5 Big Bet Spins with Double Play feature. Again, you can win up to 100 free spins with 2x, 3x, 4x or 5x wild stack multipliers. Also, the 3 lowest value symbols (J, 10 and 9) are removed from the reels for bigger wins.

This means that you could access the Free Spins feature with 100 free spins and a 5x wild stack multiplier on each free spin technically. On top of this, the return to player % increases using the Big Bet feature to 98.2% from 94.2% playing at under £2 a spin in the base game.

Overall, Snow Leopard is a good slot from Barcrest with good potential to win in the Free Spins feature (with up to 50 free spins on offer). Where this game excels is via the Big Bet feature as you can get up to 100 free spins with a wild multiplier up to 5x and some low value symbols removed. I found it to be a medium variance title with maximum wins of 500 times your stake on each spin. If you like leopards, I recommend IGT’s Icy Wilds.