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The wombat says: Those nice NetEnt fellas – you know the seriously good designers behind the likes of the Wild Bazaar slot and Guns n Roses – have invited us to join them on their latest epic slot adventure- the Vikings slot, along with Bjorn, Floki, Lagertha, and Ragnar – a bunch of blood thirsty Norsemen and women.
For those of you not familiar with the Vikings TV series (have you been living in the bush under a rock like this wombat?) it’s the historical smash drama on HBO that follows Ragnar Lothbrok, a legendary Viking leader and his loyal band of pillagers as they go about their murderous exploits in the 13th century.
Look and Feel
There’s an awesome intro that will set the mood -so do not skip it! As you’ve come to expect from a NetEnt slot, the graphics and sound effects are top notch. The production quality will blow you away if you fire this game up after a more traditionally designed game like the Legend of the Five Ninjas slot – and that ain’t hald bad, believe me. It’s just that NetEnt have pulled out all of the stops here.
The 3D snowflakes and icy mountain backdrop will make you shiver with cold, and then there’s the black raven ominously hovering to the right of your screen adding to the sinister vibe. The soundtrack is made up of howling wind and some Wagneresque classical music to get you in the mood for battle on the reels. Overall, Vikings is a fantastic looking slot!
Vikings slot has 5 reels, 3 rows and 243 ways to win in the base game – however, the game transforms into a 7-reel game with the potential to pay out in 78,125 different ways in the bonus round. Yes, that’s right; 78, 125. That’s quite a departure from NetEnt’s pay-line games like Fruit Shop Christmas Edition – once you get stuck in, you’ll start to appreciate what that means to the game play.
Fans of the TV series will be happy to see the main characters represented on the reels as your high value symbols; Floki, Bjorn, Lagertha and Ragnar. Meanwhile, your lower value symbols are represented by the standard A, K, Q, J and 10 playing cards. The most lucrative of all the icons is the gold blood splattered ‘V’ , which will pays out 7x times your bet if you can manage to land 7 of them.
Interestingly enough there is no wild symbol in this game, but the Scatter icon is the Raid Spins symbol.
Free Spins and Bonus Features
NetEnt have been very generous indeed with Vikings slot and it comes with 3 cool bonus features:
Shield Wall Feature
Triggered at random in both the base game and free spins, this cool little extra will add clusters of 5×2 or 3×2 Shields on to your reels which will then transform into matching high-value symbols. This means lots of chances for big wins!
Hotspot and Scatter Pay Feature
You’ll set off this feature when one of the Viking icons (Floki, Bjorn, Lagertha or Ragnar) lands fully stacked on the highlighted ‘hotspot’ middle reel. When this happens, all the other Viking symbols on the reels will turn into that same triggering symbol and pay out scatter style.
We landed 5x Ragnors and scooped 640 coins! Now who said the Vikings were a cruel bunch?
Now here’s where things really heat up!
Land 3x of the Raid Spins scatters simultaneously on reels 3, 4, and 5 and you’ll set off the free spins feature. Next the the game changes its configuration and becomes a slot with 7 reels, 5 rows and a mind boggling 78,215 ways to win.
You’ll now receive 7 free spins and there will be 3 active Hotspot reels so more chances for extra chunky wins.
This is the best-looking slot we’ve seen for quite some time, but the HD movie-like graphics aren’t just a distraction, as the game play is first class too.
The features are imaginative and the pay outs can be very good, but it’s worth remembering though that this is a high variance slot, so you may have to wait a while for the wins.