What is already a rather popular TV show around the world has just turned into an exciting slot gameplay. Featuring the main characters, providing players with a piece of the Viking action, and ultimately rewarding them with a piece of the prophetic loot, you are safe to assume it is yet another of NetEnt’s branded slot releases, following Jumanji slot. With official authorization and a massively creative and talented team of developers, it is everything a loyal Vikings’ fan could ask. Welcome to the Vikings video slot game.
By the Crow’s Nest
The theme of the Vikings’ series dominates across the entire slot title, allowing you to immerse yourself into the gameplay. As if the moor-like backdrop is not enough, the theme is made ever more poignant with the constant looming presence of a crow, restlessly out of its nest on the right side of the slot screen.
While the sound effects do wonders to emphasize the Vikings theme, there is nothing like a straightforward depiction of the main characters to boost players’ enthusiasm. Thus, the reels of this slot feature four main characters – Ragnar Lothbrok, his wife Lagertha, and his friend Floki, as well as Bjorn, Ragnar’s son. These make up the high-value symbols on the reels, especially rewarding due to their capacity to turn into stacked symbols occupying a whole reel, across all three tiles. Additionally, the V symbol marking the TV show is said to be the highest rewarding of the symbols, with a payout of 7x the stake for 7 across an active payline.
The lower-value symbols may not hold as much payout potential, but they still contribute to the whole gameplay. They consist of 10 to A card suits, designed in the bloody style of the Vikings, just as the scatter symbol – the Shield. Without a Wild or multiplier, the slot still features a number of special gameplay elements.
Vikings Slot Gameplay
Vikings has still retained the standard gameplay features of being a NetEnt release, even though developers have put in a lot of effort to stay true to the theme. The base game features a 5×3 reel grid with 243 paylines, while the bonus round provides players with up to 78,125 ways to win across an expanded 7×5 grid. The RTP of Vikings slot gameplay ranges within the medium, from 95% to 96.5%. As for the maximum win potential, players can hit a payout of about 608x their stake in the base game, and up to a massive 10,000x their stake in the bonus free spins round.
Rewards Fit for Vikings
One of the special features you will encounter throughout the gameplay of the slot is the Hotspot. In the base game, it covers the middle reel, while during the bonus round, the Hotspot spreads across reels 3, 4 and 5. Its function is to have a whole stacked high-value symbol (one of the Vikings characters) land on its surface – it automatically changes all the rest high-value symbols into this one. After the shift, all winning combinations are calculated to the payout which is tuned to Scatter style amount.
Another feature to look out for during the Vikings slot gameplay is the Shield Wall. It appears both in the main game and bonus round, like the Hotspot, only in the form of a random cluster of mystery symbols at random fields on the reels. The cluster takes the format of 3×2 or 5×2 symbol clusters, increasing the players’ winning potential. Yet, they can only appear when neither Hotspot or Raid Spins wins have been triggered.
Saving the best for last, these Raid Spins are in fact the Vikings slot free spin bonus round. It is triggered by the Raid Spins Shield symbols on reels 3, 4 and 5 during the main game. They transform the grid into its 7×5 format, with the accompanying features, and award players with 7 free Raid Spins and 3 Hotspots across all three middle reels. This way, if a stacked high-value character symbol lands on each of the three reels, it triggers the Hotspot feature. However, considering more than one of these symbols lands fully stacked on multiple Hotspots, the one most to the left will be the triggering one.
Closing Thoughts – Vikings on the Go
On account of all these rewarding features, it is rather easy to conclude that Vikings slot by NetEnt will be a rewarding venture, but it is also a convenient one. The slot is compatible with all desktop, laptop and mobile devices, and can be run on all major OSs. If you love this mythology, you can also read our thoughts on Play’n Go’s Viking Runecraft.