Niagara Falls is the first title to emerge from Yggdrasil’s studio collaboration project YGS Masters, and it is powered by Yggdrasil and produced by independent studio Northern Lights Gaming. Northern Lights Gaming, with offices in Stockholm and Manchester, was founded in 2017 by ex-Barcrest and WMS executives, including people responsible for games like Rainbow Riches. Previous experiences have shown that cooperative initiatives like Microgaming have not been particularly fruitful.
One way to think of Niagara Falls is as a contemporary take on traditional coin slots. It has 5 reels, 3 rows, and 20 paylines and may be played for 20 cents to 400 Euros across all platforms. Set in the roaring twenties, this slot machine offers three bonus games with features like coin wilds that leave a trail of wilds and multipliers of up to five times your bet during respins.
The visual design can look simplistic at first, but if you spend some time to enjoy the degree of detail and tiny differences, you’ll quickly find it’s very artful. We have to give props to Northern Lights for doing a fantastic job of recreating the mood of the time before World War Two. Cherry, orange, plum, bell, bar, and lucky 7 symbols spin on the reels of this slot machine with a wooden piano loop and a gorgeous art deco appearance. If you get 5 of a kind with the Niagara Falls logo, you’ll win 10 times your bet. A wild symbol is also present, with the same value as the highest paying regular symbol.
Features of Niagara Falls (by Yggdrasil Gaming)
Don’t be deceived by the shabby appearance or the bare bones of the inside. This slot machine is not as simple as it first looks. The game comes with a total of three extra features. When a gold coin lands on reel 5 during the main game, the first bonus round, the Coin Drop Bonus, is activated. A coin will then roll down the screen, creating a trail as it makes its way to one of the five bonus slots located just below the reels. If it lands in an empty slot, you’re out of luck, but if it lands in a bonus slot, you’ll get one of the following.
Replacement of the coin’s trail symbols with wilds.
Spins at No Cost – Play 5 free games with the Niagara Falls bonus round activated.
You gain one Shake, which may be used in the Cash Fall side game.
A respin with stacked symbols is granted in the form of a “stacked spin.”
The Multiplier Bonus increases your existing win by a factor of 2, 3, 4, or 5.
Niagara Falls Free Spins can also be triggered by getting whiskey barrels on reels 1, 3, and 5. Starting with 5 spins, the 5 bonus slots positioned below the reels will now only feature either empty slots or wilds. If a wild appears, the reel above it will become a completely stacked wild, and it will stay in place for the duration of the feature.
Finally, there is a random bonus feature called Cash Fall that can activate on any spin of the main game. You should expect to see coins falling and landing in either empty slots or slots with predetermined monetary amounts, just as on a traditional coin pusher arcade machine. If a coin is inserted into a slot that corresponds to a predetermined monetary amount, that amount is added to a meter and paid out at the conclusion of the feature. Super Coins are also available, increasing the slot machines’ monetary worth by a factor of two.
Conclusion: Niagara Falls (by Yggdrasil Gaming)
We realize that Niagara Falls is not for everyone, but we were pleasantly pleased by it. In terms of visual appearance, it’s performed with painstaking attention to detail and has a feelgood type of feeling to it coupled with a bundle of functionality that leaves you with a lot to explore. Niagara Falls is like a carnival packed into one game.
The modest potential, along with the slow gameplay, may be off-putting to those looking for more excitement. The free spins bonus only has a maximum win of 200 times your bet every spin, so it won’t exactly have your pulse beating. Niagara Falls has plenty of allure, but not enough to make it a financially rewarding slot machine.