After the announcement of the Vikings slot in January 2018, we have been expecting a spectacular creation from NetEnt that would do justice the immense popularity and success of the TV-series. And the studio did indeed just that. The fearless warriors of Valhalla have returned, and they are more determined than ever to conquer the reels on Vikings. All existing and soon-to-be fans of Ragnar Lothbrok, Floki, Bjorn and Lagertha can now spin the reels on the slot to score wins of up to a staggering 10,000 times their bet. For that, the game window will expand from the usual 5×3 format to a huge 7×5 reel set with 78,125 ways.
Vikings is a video slot with five reels and 243 ways-to-win, featuring hot spot areas, scatter pays, a random Shield Wall feature as well as Raid Free Spins with an expanded game window. The RTP of this high variance game is set at 96.05% with a maximum win potential in a single spin of 200,000 coins or 10,000x the initial stake, while bet sizes range from 0.20 to 200 coins. The game is in HTML5 format, making it available for play on any desktop, mobile and tablet device.
Bringing the popular TV heroes to live on a set of five reels is no easy feat, but it seems Netent’s creativity has managed to produce something extraordinary. In the base game, the background is a seashore where the Vikings just landed with their ship. A battle standard on the left of the game window indicates that they made landfall at dawn. A suspenseful soundtrack coupled with battle noises and cries from the warriors is adding to the drama unfolding on the reels. During the Raid Spins, the scene changes to a burned field in the aftermath of a battle. The Viking banner on the left window indicates they have won the fight and are now off to raid the conquered land.
The Norse theme is continuing with the pay symbols, which can appear stacked in the base game and Raid Spins. At the low end are 10s to As, continuing with reel-tall icons of Ragnar Lothbrok, Bjorn, Floki and Lagertha on the medium level. The top-paying symbol is the Gold V symbol. Wins for a single five of a kind range from 0.5 to 2.5x bet while in free spins a single seven-of-a-kind will pay between 1x to 3.5x the bet. Scatters are a battle shield in blue and red colours underlined with the words Raid Spins.
Hot Spot and Scattered Pay Features
In the base game, the middle reel on the Vikings slot is the designated Hot Spot area. During the Raid Spins feature, the area will widen to cover the three middle positions on reel three, four and five. The feature is triggered when one of the four character symbols lands fully stacked inside the Hot Spot area.
All other character symbols in view will transform into the triggering character and a scatter pay is awarded based on how many symbols are on the reels. In the base game, the pays start at 3x the bet for three symbols and peak at 243x the bet for 15 symbols. The payout will increase in the Raid Free Spins to up to 10,000x the bet for 27 symbols.
The Random Shield Wall Feature
The feature triggers randomly on any spin in the base game or in the Raid Spins. In the base game, the Shield Wall appears in 3×2 or 5×2 sizes, while in the Raid Spins it increased to 4×2, 5×2 and 5×3 sizes. It will be placed on a random position on the reels and will reveal one common character symbol or the Gold V symbol. Wins are evaluated after the common symbol is revealed. The feature cannot be triggered on the same spin where the Hot Spot feature or Raid Spins are activated.
The Raid Spins Feature
Scatters on reel three, four and five in one spin will trigger seven Raid Spins, which cannot be re-triggered. The game window increases to a 5×7 format with 78,125 ways-to-win, while the Hot Spot area increases to cover the three middle positions of reels three, four and five. This increases the chance to trigger the scatter pay feature. Up to 27 character symbols can land on any free spin, which would pay the maximum win of 10,000 times the stake when the Hot Spot feature is triggered on the same spin.
The random Shield Wall feature can also be triggered, either after a win from the current spin is paid or after a losing spin, but not when the Hot Spot feature is awarded.
It is evident that Netent has dug deep into their creative chests to produce something spectacular, plus they gave it high volatility, which has been a rare feat on the latest slots. The game can be a drainer if the features do not hit regularly but it has massive win potential in the Raid Spins. We have no doubts that Vikings will be a hit with slot players from around the world.