ALL ABOUT VIKINGS SLOT
There are two big TV-show slots expected in later 2018 from NetEnt. The first is this awesome historical-themed game, Vikings, and the second is the drug-war gangster game, Narcos.
Vikings is a superb-looking slot, taking lots of imagery and photos from the TV series to create an epic atmosphere. There are plenty of exciting moments, including stacked and cluster symbols, and an expanding reel-set that opens up 78,125 ways to win in the bonus round.
Vikings will probably go down as one of the highlights of NetEnt’s release schedule for 2018 when it hits the casinos on 22ndNovember.
Vikings Game Set-Up
So, we start with a 243-ways-to-win, 5 reel and 3 row slot in the base game. That means there are payouts for identical symbols on adjacent reels, regardless of the position. Of course, the reels open up to 7 by 5 in the bonus round to offer much higher win potential with each spin. The variance comes in a medium-high, with fairly regular wins, but all the big stuff saved for the free spins.
Vikings Game Symbols
NetEnt have done a great job of bringing the TV series to life on the reels, using images of the actors for symbols. The lower value symbols are the cards, 10 through to Ace. The premium ones are the Viking characters from the show, Floki, Bjorn, Lagertha and Ragnar Lothbrok. Look out as well for the ‘V’ from the game – this pays out 7x for seven on a payline.
The Vikings also appear stacked for the Hotspot feature.
Vikings Slot Features
To trigger this, you need to land a fully stacked Viking on reel three in a Hotspot position. When this happens, any other instance of a Viking on the reel will turn into the one that landed on the Hotspot. This creates more opportunities for premium wins where symbols don’t even have to be on adjacent reels to create a win.
This feature appears in both the base game and the free spins round. When it triggers, a cluster of Mystery Symbols land in Shield Wall area of 3×2 or 5×2 on the reels. They then transform into one randomly-chosen premium symbol, creating more chances of wins.
Free Spins Bonus Round
To earn yourself 3 free spins you will need to land 3 or more scatters anywhere on reels 3, 4 and 5. At this point the reels will expand to 7×5, creating a set on which there are 78,125 ways to win. The free plays are called Raid Spins here, and whilst they don’t come with re-triggers, they still do have big win potential – up to 10,000x. This is thanks to the Hotspot feature that is still active in the bonus round.
The Slot Buzz Verdict
Vikings will go down as one of the best releases of 2018 from NetEnt. The production values are high and the gameplay is excellent. The variance isn’t too high to preclude decent wins in the base game, and the Hotspot and Shields features are good value. What’s more, NetEnt have joined the current trend for expanding reels to create huge potential in the Raid Spins round – and it’s here that you’ll get the most joy in this game.
Like Viking slots? We also recommend the awesome Vikings Go To Hell from Yggdrasil.