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Vikings

Introduction

Fans of the TV series Vikings will undoubtedly be pleased that their favourite show reached the highest accolade one could achieve – getting their very own NetEnt title slot! For those who aren’t big fans of the show, it centres around the exploits of the legendary Viking chieftain Ragnar Lothbrok and later on, his many sons, who would go on to lead the Great Heathen Army to invade the British isles. But whether or not you’re a fan of the show, there’s plenty for you to sink your teeth into and enjoy.

The slot offers players a 5x3 playing field with 243 ways to win, with the ability to play for as little as $0.20 per spin. Players are treated to the gorgeous visuals that NetEnt brings to the table, as well as fun gameplay that offers several special features to players. One of them will at random times create a group of joint symbols that award a win. Another is the Hotspot which transforms all human symbols into itself when a full-reel Viking lands on top of it. Finally, there’s the Raid Spins, which is played on a completely different playing field with a drastically increased ways to win.

Graphics and UI

It’s no surprise that NetEnt provides for a visual feast of the eyes, given their status as the king of video slots. You’ll see the snow slowly falling in the background, one of the crow’s sitting on the perch, as the wind slowly moves the raised banner and the few leaves still clinging to the tree. The background image depicts a snowy, mountainous region, with tall grass strewn beneath the reels themselves. Symbols include playing card icons such as 10, J, Q, K and A, and are joined by some of the show’s most prominent characters – Floki, Bjorn, Lagertha and Ragnar himself.

The title uses the same user interface that NetEnt has in all of their games, with minor changes to fit better thematically. The spin button has a neat snake emblem on top of it, with runes forming a circle around it, and the whole user interface has a more prominent grey colour that fits the dark, snowy visuals that you see on the screen. Mobile devices don’t have that little bit of extra effort put in. They still use the same spin button. However, there’s no major graphical differences between the two versions, as Vikings looks stellar on both mobile and desktop.

Gameplay and Features

With three special features, it’s no surprise that gameplay focus remains on keeping players focused on them. The title offers gamblers medium to high variance gameplay because of this, with an RTP ranging from 95% up to 96.5%. Base spins reward a maximum of 607.5x your wager, while raid spins can reach numbers as high as 10000x your stake.

The game has three special features. The first is a Hotspot feature. When a Viking symbol appears fully stacked on the hotspot reel, it will transform all other Viking icons into the same Viking that is occupying the Hotspot, increasing your chances of a big win.

Another feature is the Shield Wall, which is activated randomly. It can become active both during normal gameplay and during the Raid Spins feature. Shield Wall is rather self-descriptive – it will put forward a large wall of shields, and once it drops, all symbols beneath will be the same. Any icon from the paytable can be chosen for this.

Finally, Vikings offers players Raid Spins, activated by collecting three Raid Spins symbols on the playing field in the base game. The reels change to a massive 7x5 playing field with 78,125 ways to win. Once the feature is active, you have seven raid spins, and three active hotspots instead of just one.

Summary

The game offers players medium to high volatility gameplay, which may not suit players who don’t have a lot of cash to spend, as it takes a while before features activate. Still, with massive jackpots, gorgeous visuals and being tied to the Vikings brand, there’s no way the title won’t succeed. The game will release on the 22nd of November, and we hope you try it for yourself and enjoy it as much as we have.