ALL ABOUT BARBARIAN FURY SLOT
NoLimit City have wasted no time in making their mark in the first months of 2020. Through games like the brilliant Punk Rocker, and now this high-risk epic, the Swedish studio have positioned themselves firmly in the pack of high variance slots specialists who are not afraid to push the volatility to the max, mixing clever gameplay and arresting themes to great effect. This one uses nudges, stacked wild symbols with multipliers, re-spins and free spins in combination to create some awesome win potential.
GAME SET-UP, SYMBOLS AND GRAPHICS
Barbarian Fury is set in a world of many thousands of years ago, a dark time where Barbarian warriors in bear skins fought man and beast for survival – the moodiness of the design and the soundtrack to this game reflects that. The backdrop to the reels is a frozen, wintry forest, that in the free spins round turns into a cavernous space bathed in a deep, blood-red light, with skulls and interweaving vines adorning the edges. There are five reels, each consisting of four rows of symbols, and 25 fixed paylines to win on. A winning combination is formed by landing three identical symbols from left to right.
The low value symbols are the cards 9 through to Ace. The premium symbols all come in 4 high stacks and are represented by barbarian tribe people in blue, green and red. The red warrior is the highest paying of the lot at 10x for five on a payline.
Look out as well for the bear symbol that represents the wild – it’s a roaring beast that is critical to driving big wins as it comes with a multiplier that can combine with others, and it will always nudge to show its full 4 high stack. There is also a Wolf Scatter that is required to trigger the free spins round.
The RTP of Barbarian Fury is 96.06% which is reasonable, but remember this is a very volatile slot so it’s never going to be generous in its pay distribution – you will more than likely experience some very frustrating sessions, but equally when the win sequences come they will be blockbusters. That is the nature of the beast – so be ready for it, or try elsewhere.
GAMEPLAY AND FEATURES
NoLimit City have done a great job of introducing auto-nudges as a feature of their games. Here, they come into play whenever three of the premium Barbarian symbols land simultaneously after a spin. Then, each will nudge down until its full stack is revealed on its reel. Then they lock into place and a re-spin is triggered. This feature, which can produce some decent wins, can drop in both the base game and the free spins round.
xNudge Roaring Wild
The roaring bear that is the 4×1 wild stack can appear anywhere on reels 2, 3 and 4 during the base game and bonus round. Just like the high value barbarians, when it lands, it will automatically nudge down so that it effectively expands to show the whole reel. The wild is enhanced by a multiplier of 1x initially, and it increases by 1x with each nudge required to show the full stack – up to a maximum of 4x. And. … should you land more than one wild stack on a spin then the multipliers combine before being applied to the total win value.
It doesn’t take a veteran slots player to see that this Roaring Wild has the potential to drive some very nice wins. It is particularly useful when it combines with the free spins that come next.
Like all good high variance slots, Barbarian Fury really gets going once you enter the free spins round, here called Fury Spins. It’s not easy to unlock, requiring three Wolf Scatters to do so. When this happens, once again a nudge event plays an important role. Each scatter is nudged down one row at a time until it disappears off its reel. For each nudge, one spins is added to your total for the bonus round. So, if it takes 10 nudges to move the scatters off, then 10 spins are awarded.
Once the Fury Spins begin there are plenty of opportunities to enhance the basic wins – the Barbarian Re-Spins are still in effect and the Roaring Wild feature is available. This time, your Wild Multiplier will not re-set after each spin but instead works with as a progressive total throughout the bonus round.
Furthermore, you can add Fury Spins by landing more Wolf Scatters – the number of spins is calculated in the same way, with each nudge required to move the scatters off the reels adding another spin to the total.
Barbarian Fury is an excellent high-risk slot that has the potential to become a real cult classic amongst high variance fans. NoLimit City are really flexing their muscles now and will be giving their rivals something to think about. The theme, artwork and soundtrack are really strong, and it’s clear that a lot of thought has gone into creating features that will produce thrilling wins when they combine. All great high variance games do this – making you wait for thousands of plays before unleashing a torrent of coins as multipliers, free spins, re-spins and stacked premiums all interweave to sweet affect. Here, the stacked high value symbols and the clever nudge play are neat tricks to drive the action and we expect to see some epic big wins across the streamer feeds in the coming months.
Of course, as always we add that you should be aware that Barbarian Fury is a beast of a high variance slot and one that should be approached with care too – it will churn through your budget in no time. Good luck, and play responsibly.