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Viking Wilds is a newbie game from those brainiacs at Iron Dog Studios, so far so good, but strewth is it just me or are there a load of muscular Vikings coming out of the woodwork? Enjoy a trio of Wilds and a set of expanding reels that can make you a brain-fizzing 3,125 ways to win. That’s even more wild action than the Arcane Reel Chaos slot, and that’s saying something.
This wombat loves a bit of Ragnarök and a drinking horn so why not start my day by going epic?
Look and Feel
For this lover of warmer climes this icy themed epic had me chucking on my best coat and horned helmet. This slot took me to the far North for Viking escapades, far away from my natural stomping ground!
This game is played out in an icy scene with Viking longboats behind the reels. Overseeing your gaming is an obscenely muscular vision of Viking health, a blondie warrior or maybe a god, standing next to the reels to guide your gaming. It’s a long way from the likes of the Wild Weather slot which, despite it’s name, it a more low key affair.
The winning action all takes place on some seriously fancy Nordic reels made in the shape of a sail. To the left of these are three boxes with locks; this is where you measure the number of special bonus keys you collect. It’s the kind of challenge that the tomb raider in the Lara Croft slot (Temples and Tombs) would relish.
The music will have you ripping off your shirt or dress and preparing for battle, it’s movie style choral stuff with soaring tunes and stirring tones.
Those ornate reels are set in a four row, 5 reel and totally bonkers 1,024 ways to win. What will have you steadying yourself to the next shocker is that during the game the ways to win can hit the mega load of 3,125 thanks to randomly expanding reels! I needed a quick sarnie to be ready to that kind of big cash potential.
The Vikings were great warriors and it’s a clutch of their weapons that fill the reels as well as battle standards.
You’ll spot a traditional battle axe, a shield, a helmet and a worryingly big war hammer (the Viking weapon of choice). The three standards come in different colours and each have a strange Nordic icon which is a key on them. The red standard gives you x 5 your wager win, if you land five on an active pay-line.
The lower value icons are the dolled up Ace through Jack of the card deck.
This game comes with three different Wilds, I’m sure you’d noticed the clue’s in the slot’s name. Each of the Wilds brings a Norse key with them which can trigger the bonus games.
First up there’s a regular Wild in a blue shield which will land on reels 2-5. The Expanding Wild comes on a red shield and arrives on reels 2-5 also and when it arrives it usefully expands to cover a whole reel.
Now focus, there are also Sticky Wild in a golden shield with a “w” in red and only land on the middle reel.
A word for wombat fans on this game’s clever mechanics. When you make a win, the winning icons will “tumble” down the reels to reveal new icons beneath. You can see why this is a nice little earner, there’s a two win potential from a single win. Tasty stuff.
The big news flash around here is that the reels can expand at random during play, making you a much bigger winning reel format and boosting your free spins.
The free spins game is launched if you manage to land one of each of the different kinds of Wilds on a single spin. Now the Keys which come with the Wilds will fill the key metre on the left of the spins and the free games can start.
There are 12 free spins to start you off and there’s also a x 1 multiplier initially in play. If you’ve been lucky enough to gain expanded reels you’re multipliers and spins will be boosted.
One, three or five expanded reels reward you with 14, 16 or 18 free games and these come with x2, x3, or x4 multipliers respectively too. Crazy good.
And if you weren’t down with the Viking vibe yet, you will be when you discover that any Sticky or Expanding Wilds that land in this mode stay around and push up the multiplier by x1 each time one arrives.
Dust down your war hammer and leap athletically onto the reels with this wombat to take on and best Viking Wilds. The expanding reels mechanic is heaven sent and the tumbling reels are a nice touch. This old times epic packs an RTP of 96% making this a medium volatility slot. I’ll be back to make those Wild times work for this wombat.