About This Slot
Hammer of Vulcan is a 6-reel 4-row slot from Quickspin with a Roman mythology theme. The guitar sound track blasts out from the first spin and flames leap at the side of the reel. We are deep inside a forge here and the action heats up as soon as you press the spin button.
There is an interesting mechanic to the gameplay, which sees the symbols drop down onto an anvil. The reels are also displayed at a tilted angle, making us feel suitably small compared with the mighty Vulcan towering above. His presence is soon felt when you land a hammer Wild, as his hammer will strike down onto the screen to turn entire reels wild.
Instead of regular paylines, the game offers 4,096 ways to win. You have to land at least 3 matching symbols on adjacent reels to achieve a payout. Although the 10p minimum bet is good news for lower rollers, the below-average RTP of 95.81% is a disappointment. On the other hand, as Hammer of Vulcan is massively volatile, you can expect huge highs and lows in the gameplay with the possibility of a 20,347x stake prize if the hammer strikes in the right place.
Symbols and Paytable
The symbols in Hammer of Vulcan include warrior-like icons with shields, swords and helmets, along with a pair of tongs, a chalice, gold golem and Vulcan’s hammer. You’ll also find high card symbols with 10 – Ace paying the lower rewards.
The picture symbols can award from 4.5x up to 12x your bet for 5 matches with the gold golem awarding the best payout in the game. Wild symbols pay the same as the gold golem and the hammer Wild is the best symbol in the game, as this can activate the Free Spins bonus with its various associated features.
Gameplay and Features
If you land a hammer symbol, Vulcan will strike his hammer and all symbols below will turn into Wilds. These Stacked Wilds can be especially useful during the Free Spins round.
‘Light the Forge’ Free Spins Bonus
Whenever you hit 3 volcano Scatter symbols, you will trigger the Light the Forge bonus game which awards a series of Free Spins. The number of Scatters you land will determine the number of Free Spins you receive with 10, 12, 15 or 20 available.
If you land more Scatters during Free Spins, you’ll get another 1 – 6 spins added to the total. Also, whenever you land a Hammer Wild during Free Spins, you’ll get a 1x Multiplier award with no limit to the Multipliers available.
If you don’t land a win during the Free Spins round, the Strike Again feature will award you another spin for free. You’ll keep getting a new spin until you hit a winning combination. You can’t say fairer than that!
The Bonus Buy feature lets you head straight into the Free Spins round for a price of 80x your bet. If you choose to take advantage of this, you’ll be given 3 to 6 Scatters on your next spin. Hammer of Vulcan is the first slot from Quickspin to offer this feature.
Hammer of Vulcan is a thunderous slot with a powerful theme. Flames whip around the reels to the sounds of driving heavy metal music, symbols thud onto the anvil and the formidable hammer can strike at any time to turn flaming symbols into Stacked Wilds. This aggressive vibe will suit fans of bold themes and sky-high volatility, but it might prove a bit much for players who prefer subtler themes or more reliable payouts. Rewards can be high here though and the main action hangs on the Free Spins bonus round, which can be activated at any time for a price. There are lots of extras during this feature and if you get plenty of Multipliers and Hammer Wilds, you could strike gold in the forge.