Would you like to come along on a journey for riches and returns? In this new slot by IGT called Nordic Heroes, you’ll play as Thora and Ragnar, and battle various creatures that inhabit the area. The more battles you win, the bigger your rewards! Besides the usual slots action, there are eight further levels to unlock. Each level reveals new surprises, such as bigger multipliers, higher payout rates and new weapons for your character (so you can win more free spins). Don’t bother reading the instructions though – just jump right in and enjoy this thrilling slot.
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|Release Date||January 2016|
|Slot type||Video Slot|
|Platform||Android App, iPhone App, Browser|
|Return to Player (RTP)||96.8%|
|Slot Reels/ Paylines||5 reels/ 30 paylines|
|Min/ Max Bets||30p – £100|
|Features||Win Multipliers, Free Spins Battle, Mini games|
|Pros||Unlimited free spins, fun mini games|
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Let’s run through the basics first. Nordic Heroes is a 5×3 slot with 30 fixed paylines. Wagers start from 30p to 100 pounds. The reels are decked out in Nordic-themed symbols – Thora, an arrow, an eagle, purple mushroos, berries, silver and bronze coins. There’s the typical Wild symbol that replaces all other symbols on the reels. It’s the circle of fire.
As I mentioned in the introduction, there are eight levels in Nordic heroes. The higher levels offer bigger multipliers, higher payout rate and extra features during the bonus round. So, how do you level up in the game? Every time you enter the free spins bonus round, you’ll accumulate 750XP. This is regardless of how much you win during the free spins round. You’ll need to accumulate a certain amount of XP points to qualify for each level.
However, it’s gets harder to progress the further along in the game you are. It takes 750XP to get onto Level 2, an additional 1500 XP to get into Level 3, 2250 XP on top of that to get into Level 4, and so on. The climb up to Level 8 takes a fair amount of time as well. I played for about an hour and got to a measly Level 3. You’ve got to be in it for the long haul. At least they feel more rewarding than collecting loyalty stamps at your local café!
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The base game is peppered with random multipliers, ranging from 2x to 20x. The size of the multipliers goes up as you progress through the levels; at level 6, you’ll get up to 25x multipliers and at level 8, you’ll get 30x! I’d say that the hit rate on these multipliers are just average – don’t count on it to bring home the bacon.
Then, there’s the Free Spins Battle Bonus round. This is triggered when you get the battle bonus symbols on reels 1, 3 and 5. You’ll love the next part: free spins are technically unlimited. You’ll get to play for as long as the battle lasts. After every spin, you’ll attack a creature and defend yourself against life-depleting hits. Destroy three creatures and you’ll get additional Victory Spins (free spins, of course). Die at the hands of these three creatures and the round ends too.
The weapons, location of battle and enemies you’ll face depends on the level you’re playing at. You’ll get all the details from the paytable, but here are few examples:
- Battle at the Forest of Fortune: You’ll get a wild on every spin and random 2x or 4x multipliers.
- Battle at the Sea of Glory: You’ll get one wild reel on the first spin and another extra wild reel in the following rounds. With a reel full of wild symbols, the opportunity for riches is amazing!
- Play as Ragnar (from Level 3 onwards) and you’ll defeat the three creatures a lot faster.
- Play as the Elven Princess, Thora and you’ll block attacks a lot better. The free spins feature then last much longer.
Nordic Heroes is a beautifully made mobile slot. Each character, creature, setting and feature is presented in intricate detail. The story was incredibly thought through as well – there are 25 paytable pages outlining all of it! It was a fully-fledged immersive experience that’s fun for players to explore. Nordic Heroes is also available on mobile, desktop and tablet devices.
The gamification concept works well for both the casino and the player. For casinos, they’re capturing players’ attention (and wallets) for longer. Players aren’t on the losing end of the stick either. Loyalty is rewarded handsomely. Every level comes with added benefits – be it multipliers or new character features during battle.
Don’t be put off by how long it takes to get to Level 8. The journey is a good mix of short- and long-term gratification. The basic Wild symbols and multipliers do a good job at entertaining you while you wait for the free spins bonus rounds. It’s also not a high-risk slot game, so you’ll be able to play for quite a while without breaking the bank. All in all, a five-star game.