The Vikings online slot has been a long time in the making and was announced months before its release in November 2018. It is based on the TV show of the same title and features a bleak landscape and the four most important characters of the show: Floki, Bjorn, Lagertha and Ragnar Lothbrok.
The slot looks fantastic. In the main game we’re looking out at the grey sea framed by fjords with snow falling. Ships can be seen in the distance and a banner off to the left. It sets the atmosphere brilliantly and definitely does the TV show justice. The dark and slow background music adds to that. There are even crows crowing every now and then.
The free spins take us to a fiery battle landscape where death reigns. It’s gruesome and epic in equal measure. Visually, the slot is very well done and even if you’ve never seen the TV show, you will enjoy it.
The four Vikings are the most valuable symbols, each paying 20 coins for a 5-of-a-kind win, though the ‘V’, the Vikings logo pays out 50 coins for such a winning combination. All the Vikings can come three stacked, which can trigger one of the most important and most worthwhile features in the base and bonus game. The playing card symbols from 10 to A are the low-value symbols here, and they do look pretty cool and not as generic as we’ve seen elsewhere.
This game comes with 243 ways to win, meaning any three matching symbols on adjacent reels from left to right will pay out. You can play this game from as little as €0.20 to as much as €100.
Even in the base game things never get boring. That’s just as well, because you’ll have to wait quite a while for the elusive free spins to make and appearance. The base game comes with two features that manage to keep you going, however.
The Shield Wall acts as a sort of mystery symbol overlay. Every so often a command of “Shields up!” will be shouted and a random number of shields will appear. When they’re lowered again, they’ll reveal a randomly picked symbol and any wins are paid out.
The Hot Spot is what you’ll be looking out for, though. The middle reel is highlighted in this game and whenever one of the four Vikings lands fully on it, all other Viking symbol, no matter who they depict, will turn into the same character and pay out as Scatter Pays, meaning you get a win no matter where those symbols are on the reels. This can be immensely worthwhile and it’s the feature that will keep you going until you hit the free spins.
Both, the Shield Wall and the Scatter Pays, are also active during the free spins.
Three “Raid” scatters anywhere on the reels will activate the Raid Spins. You’ll receive 7 spins and are taken to a new set of reels of 7 reels and 5 rows, which will give you 78,125 ways to win. The Hot Spot now covers a 3×3 area in the middle of the reels and works exactly the same as in the base game, except now there will be many more Vikings on the reels that you can turn into the same character, meaning big wins and really big wins.
The Shield Wall can also come up during the free spins, but it’s more of a side event here as you’ll be waiting for more Scatter Pays. You can win up to 10,000 your stake during the free spins. We once managed over 140x our stake, which was still pretty awesome.
The theoretical RTP (Return to Player) of Vikings is 96.05%, which is really just average. The slot, however, is by no means average and as long as you manage to hold your funds together whilst you are spinning away in the base game, you can hope for a worthwhile reward during the free spins. Those are not a frequent occurrence either. We’ve only managed to activate them twice during nearly 1,000 rounds played.
But those Scatter Pays and even the Shield Wall during the base game have kept us going. Big wins are possible here as well.
Vikings is a volatile slot, which can’t be surprising since they were a volatile people and somehow most Norse themed slots theme to be on the volatile side. But it is very well done, and the features are great and fitting to the theme. You will find a very enjoyable slot here and an adrenaline kick once you finally get to play some Raid Spins.
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