In my opinion, the best slot games are tied to a fantastical adventure. The game maker writes a rich story line and interweaves slot features that actually enhance this story. This new slot, Vikings Go Wild, falls into this category of good narrative slots. Here is how the story plays out: join the Vikings on a mysterious adventure across the dark blue ocean. Slay the sea monster and pocket free spins; during which the victorious Vikings will turn into Sticky Wilds!
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|Release Date||27 August 2015|
|Casino||Vera and John Casino|
|Software Provider||Yggdrasil Gaming|
|Slot type||Video Slot|
|Platform||Android App, iPhone App, Browser|
|Return to Player (RTP)||96.3%|
|Slot Reels/ Paylines||5 reels/ 25 paylines|
|Min/ Max Bets||2p – £40|
|Free Spins||Up to 24 free spins; Sticky Wilds during the Free Spins round|
|Features||Treasure Chest, Sticky Wilds, Random Wilds, Random Reel|
|Pros||Packed with exciting features|
|Cons||Not widely available in many casinos|
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Let’s lay out the key facts for Vikings Go Wild: there are five reels and 25 fixed paylines, and the game pays from left to right. The minimum wager is 1p per payline or £0.25 per spin, and the maximum wager is £1 per payline or £25 per spin. The game’s mathematical algorithm is configured to deliver slightly higher variance than usual. This means that payouts occur less frequently, albeit with larger win amounts. I’d recommend this game to players with a higher risk appetite.
Free Spins are triggered when three or more ship symbols appear on the reels. The number of free spins vary by the casino that hosts the game. This sophisticated model is termed Super Free Spins, in which the casino operator can offer an infinite number of free spins to different player groups.
I played the game at Vera and John and was offered eight free spins with three symbols, 16 free spins with four symbols and 25 free spins with five. It’s a good amount, but I would have loved an infinite amount. I suppose I wasn’t a very valued player at Vera and John then…
Of course, Yggdrasil Gaming has included all the standard features expected of a modern slot game. There is the auto-spin dashboard, which allows you to play 10 to 1000 spins without ever lifting a finger. There are also savvy controls to stop the auto-spin series when your losses or winnings increase past a certain point.
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Features a-plenty! Firstly, there are the basic Wild Symbols, which replace all other symbols and complete paylines. During the entire free-spin round, the Wild symbols become sticky — increasing your chances of winning by few multiples. I’ve had the superb luck of having few sticky wilds on my reels at the same time, which translated into three-figure wins! The CEO of Yggdrasil himself boasted that the Sticky Wilds in Vikings Go Wild are the “stickiest of sticky wilds.” Now, that’s always a good thing.
Every pirate, Viking and sea adventurer searches for the ultimate prize — the treasure chest! In this game, the Treasure Chest symbol gives out instant cash or free spins. This symbol appears on the fifth reel, either during the normal game mode or the free-spins mode. In the base game, the treasure chest unveils 8-12 free spins or 1,000 coins. If you are especially lucky and trigger the treasure chest during the free spins round, one random reel will become completely wild for the entire duration of the free spins.
The visual effects do not disappoint. Vikings Go Wild comes furnished with all the oomph and gusto. There are two dragon-shaped prows on both sides of the reels and rough seas in the background, the traditional Viking set-up. I loved the battle scenes between the Vikings and the sea monster.
Every time the Vikings complete a winning combination, their characters come alive to fight. This scene is accompanied by fight songs and thrilling graphics. There are also four Viking characters to get behind — the wise and grey-haired leader, two young males in their full-bearded prime, and a feisty blonde female Viking.
Developed by the award-winning Yggdrasil
Lest you didn’t know, Yggdrasil Gaming, the company behind Vikings Go Wild, is a formidable player in industry. Just last May, Yggdrasil won the Software Rising Star Award at the eGaming Review’s B2B awards, the most high-profile award in the betting and gaming industy. Yggdrasil’s portfolio includes Casino Zeppelin, Cyrus the Virus and Joker Millions. All of these are feature-packed heavyweights in the slots world.
Here’s the bummer: if you’re in the UK, you won’t find the real-money version of Vikings Go Wild at our mobile casinos. Yggdrasil hasn’t got a license from our Gambling Commission, and so, the game is not released in the UK. If you’re reading from elsewhere, good for you. Vikings Go Wild is packed with fun and money. Not one to be missed.