Enter the centre of Norse mythology on the slot from NextGen Gaming. Pillars of Asgard will see you cross Bifröst, the rainbow bridge that connects Midgard to Asgard, for a highly volatile reel encounter with the mighty ruler Odin and his guardians. The bravest spinners will be rewarded with win multipliers of up to x10 and a free spins round with the Reel Rise feature and Odin’s Blessing bonus that will lead to a game grid of up to 1 million ways and wins of up to 25,000 times your bet.
Pillars of Asgard is a video slot with six reels, four rows and 4,096 ways in default mode. It can increase to reach 10 rows and 1 million ways to win, that is 1,000,000, in the free spins feature. Wins are awarded for three to five matching symbols on adjacent reels from left to right only. We could not confirm the available bet sizes and exact RTP but will update this review as soon as we receive the details.
Loading the game will take you above the clouds where according to mythology the Norse gods are residing in an otherworldly realm. Transparent reels are flanked by two Odin statues that become fully visible once you start increasing the game grid in the free spins round. They will unite to form a floating wild when you trigger Odin’s Blessing. A multiplier wheel on top of the game window will award a random multiplier when Odin wilds land in a winning combination. An intense slotting experience awaits those brave enough to face the mighty Norse god with repeated lightning strikes and an epic soundtrack.
The pay symbols start at the low end with the card royals from 9 through to A in Norse style, followed by traditional rune stones in green, blue, purple and red colours. Odin is the wild and top-paying symbol, substituting for all regular pay symbols. An intricate icon with a golden crown ornamented with blue gems acts as the scatter.
Brace for an intense gaming experience as you are about to enter the centre of Norse mythology, and that starts right away in the base game courtesy of the Wild Multiplier feature. Any win containing at least one Odin wild will set in motion the multiplier wheel on top of the game window to award a random win multiplier, based on how many Odin wilds are in view.
While only one wild will get you an x2, x4, x5, x6, x8 or x10 multiplier, having two, three, four and five wilds in a winning combo will successively eliminate the lowest multiplier, leaving only x8 and x10 as choices when five Odin wilds landed on a spin.
The base game might have you mesmerized already, but wait for the free spins round to see the entire grandeur of Asgard, the godly realm in Norse mythology. You will need to land three or more crown scatters anywhere on the reels to trigger 20 free spins which cannot be retriggered. The game window will increase by one row for each triggering scatter, thus adding progressively more ways to win.
And that is just the start as you can further extend the game grid up to 10 rows and 1,000,000 ways to win. Yes, you read that right. Any scatter landing on a free spin will activate the Reel Rise feature, which will increase the number of rows for the specific reel by +1 for each occurrence until it reaches the maximum of 10 reel positions.
Extending a reel to the full height will trigger the Odin’s Blessing Bonus, awarding +5 free spins for each full reel and turning any scatters landing on the respective reel in the remaining free spins into wild symbols.
The free spins round will reach its climax when you manage to expand all six reels to the maximum before you run out of free spins. Not only will you benefit from playing with a staggering 1 million ways to win but you will be rewarded with the Rise of Odin Bonus. The two Odin statues flanking the reels will come alive to merge into a 10-symbol high Floating Wild. It will stay on screen for the remainder of the feature but will move to a random reel on every free spin.
Lastly, for those impatient among us, NextGen is offering two Buy Pass options as a shortcut to the free spins feature. You can outright buy an instant trigger for a fixed amount of 80x your default stake or you can risk a lower amount and take a gamble to win the free spins. You can select any amount between 10x and 70x your bet to adjust the pie-style gamble wheel with red and green areas. Increasing the staked amount will also increase the green area. Land on green and you will be rewarded with a direct entrance into the free spins.
Could this be the best slot we have seen coming to date from NextGen Gaming? They had their fair share of mediocre creations but also released some epic games such as Medusa I and II, Medusa Megaways or 300 Shields Extreme. However, none is as sophisticated and intense as Pillars of Asgard. Couple that with a maximum win potential of 25,000 times the stake and we can see this slot becoming an instant hit with players when it is released on 11th December 2019.