Over a thousand years after their conquering plight, the Viking legacy comes alive again on the slot from Iron Dog Studio. Journey through snow-capped fjords and icy Nordic waters to explore the legends of Norse mythology. Valkyrie, the winged warrior of Norse legend and the ferocious Viking Berserker are your faithful guides through the Nordic isles on the hunt for an array of wilds, free spins, and symbol tumbles. Open the gates of Valhalla in the free spins feature to be bestowed with lavish rewards worth up to 6,000 times your stake.
Vikings Wilds is a video slot with five reels, four rows and 1,024 ways to win. This can randomly increase to 5 rows and up to 3,125 ways. Wins are paid for adjacent symbols from left to right only. Your quest for the Norse treasures on mobile or desktop will cost you 0.20 to 50 credits. The RTP of this high variance game is set at 96.08%.
The Nordic theme evolves around the journey of the Vikings to Asgard. The game window is built into the sail of the longship while Valkyrie or the Berserker stand on the right. The collection meter for the bonus keys sits on the left while large icicles and snow-capped mountains surround the entire set-up. Dark clouds in the background and a heroic soundtrack add suspense to the gameplay.
Iron Dog Studios went to great length to create authentic pay symbols. The low-value card royals from J to A are covered with Norse patterns, paying 0.35x your bet for a single five of a kind. On the medium level, you will find axes, shields, helmets and Thor’s hammer with the payouts increasing to 0.5 to 2x your stake. Three Viking banners with different rune patterns in turquoise, purple and red colours are the premium symbols, awarding wins from 2.5x to 5x your bet.
Viking Wilds has three types of wild symbols, each appearing as an intricate icon with a different background colour. The three wild symbols are a standard wild with a turquoise background, a sticky wild with a beige background which will stay on the reels until the end of the spin sequence and an expanding wild with a red background that will cover the entire reel when it lands.
The standard and expanding wild can appear on reels two to five while the sticky wild can land on reel three only. Furthemore, they are awarding one key each for the bonus collection meter when they land on a spin and are substituting for all symbols.
Any winning combination landing on a spin in the base game and free spins will explode, while the remaining symbols tumble down and new ones drop from the top into the empty spaces. This continues until now new wins hit after a fresh drop. Every tumble will increase the chance for wild symbols to appear on the reels, providing better chances to score more wins. Any sticky wild appearing in a spin sequence will remain on reel three until the end of the round.
And there is more. At any point during a spin sequence, the game window can start expanding. The reels will expand in the order – reel three, reels two and four, reels one and five. The expansion can activate multiple times within one spin sequence until all reels have five rows and the ways to win reach the maximum of 3,125 ways. In the base game, the reels will revert to the default four rows and 1,024 ways at the end of a round.
Collecting all three keys by the end of a spin sequence will trigger 12 free spins with an x1 starting multiplier. This increases if during the triggering spin the game window has expanded. One, three and five expanded reels will award 14, 16 and 18 free spins with an x2, x3 and x4 starting multiplier respectively. Any expanded reel is carried over to the free spins round.
During the feature, the multiplier will increase by x1 for each sticky or expanding wild landing on a free spin and for each reel that expands during the round. Contrary to the base game, expanded reels will not reset after a losing tumble and will stay locked until the end of the feature. The free spins cannot be retriggered.
Viking Wilds is the first foray from Iron Dog Studios into expanding game windows and multi-way slots. The result is quite remarkable. Although we have seen similar features on other games, we have not seen them combined into one slot. Time will tell if this game will elevate the relatively young developer into the Tier 1 of game providers.