Finally, here it is, this year’s perhaps the most awaited slot machine Vikings. Of course, this is NetEnt’s Viking machine we are thinking about. The vending machine is licensed and of course builds on the TV series of the same name, ie the series success with Ragnar, Lagertha, Bjørn and Floki as main characters. Of course, this is not NetEnt’s first licensed slot machine, but it won’t matter to us whether it will be the most popular of them all. Another popular vending machine developed, for example, is Guns’n Roses which was the most popular of the three vending machines in the NetEnt Rocks trilogy of 2016.
So let’s take you back to the Vikings’ heyday and the then mythological Ragnar Loðbrók should have lived, sometime around 700-800’s.
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About Vikings and its background.
It’s not so much you really know about the character Ragnar Loðbrók, but the series creators have certainly filled in all the black holes with lots of excitement. The series is quite dark and so has of course become the slot machine. But it is only the design and the design that is dark, for it is nonetheless bursting with excitement.
How to play Vikings.
The slot machine is played over the traditional five reels and three rows and it offers 243 paylines. But before you start spinning, you must adjust the bet level to one that suits you. In Vikings it means that you can adjust your bet from 10 cents or 1 kroner and up to 100 € or 1000 kroner if you play with Norwegian kroner. The payback percentage of the machine, or RTP, is at 96% and says something about how much of the total effort from the player mass goes back to the player mass over a given period of time. The variance of the slot machine, as most NetEnt slot machines do, is around medium. This means you get appropriately large winnings at appropriate intervals.
Slot Machine Viking symbols.
The Vikings have five high-value symbols and of these the most valuable is the symbol that carries the game’s logo, a V. The other four symbols are Viking symbols and are adorned by the series’ main characters. These can appear as regular symbols that fill a symbol space, but they can also act as stacks that fill an entire wheel. Here you will find Ragnar Lothbrok over red background, Lagertha over yellow background, here is Bjørn over blue background and Floki who has purple background.
In addition to these we of course find the good old symbols from the deck, ie A, K, Q, J and 10. These are as usual the symbols that pay the lower premiums. You will also find that the slot machine offers a few other symbols as well, this being the Raid Spins symbol which is what triggers the Vikings bonus game.
Shield Wall feature.
The Shield Wall Shield Wall can appear at any time and that is exactly what it sounds like, the typical wall or wall of shields used in battle to protect against enemy weapons. In this way, they could break into enemy areas during combat, and arrive relatively unscathed into a new position.
The feature is triggered randomly during the main game, but also during the Raid Spins (which we’ll look at a little further down). However, the feature is triggered only in spins that have not gained or activated a special feature.
Behind the shield wall, random mystery symbols are hidden and the shield wall can appear anywhere on your wheels. You will be notified that you will have a shield wall before you will hear the shout “Shield Wall” and a shield wall will land somewhere on the reels. The shape of the shield wall is also random. It has two versions where one consists of 5 symbols in the form of 3×2 symbols and the other consists of 10 symbols in the form of 5×2 symbols.
The shields, which are mystery symbols, will then reveal the symbol behind it. This will always be a simple symbol and it will always be one of the Vikings.
Raid Spin, the slot machine’s free spins round.
To fortify their place as one of the best slot machines out there, Vikings has a free spin or bonus game, of course. Therefore in the heat of the battle, surrounded by fire and blood, the free spins round appears in Vikings. Raid Spins are activated when you get 3 Raid Spin symbols on your reels. These can appear on reels 3, 4 and 5 and you will then be rewarded with 7 free spins.
Activating the Free Spins Round Raid Spins will activate another dimension in the game. The schedule will change and you will suddenly get 7 reels and 5 rows. But the best part is that you have now received 78 125 paylines. In addition, you have received several hotspon zones, which have now become three instead of the usual one. The zones are on wheels 3, 4 and 5.
The hotspots will work the same way in the bonus game as they do in the main game. Thus, if a stacked symbol lands on a hotspot then the rest of the Viking symbols will be transformed into the same symbol as the land on the hotspot.
This has to be one of NetEnt’s best games so far. Both graphics, music and effects together make a great package for wonderful functions and fantastic game mechanics. It is certainly a slot machine we recommend our readers to try. Visit one of the casinos on the list of Norwegian casinos.