Review by Oggs.com
VikingMania is a new video slot from Playtech. As might be expected from the name, this slot has a Viking theme, though the emphasis is more on fun, than the more historically accurate burning and pillaging – on to the review!
What’s the game like?
As standard for a video slot, Vikingmania has 5 reels, and up to 20 paylines that can be activated per spin. Playtech seem to have upped their game recently when it comes to their graphics. Although not a ‘themed franchise’ slot like X Men or King Kong, the cartoon graphics and animations are crisply executed and are much improved compared to many of the older non-branded slots.
Free Games – 3 or more scattered map symbols activate 10 free spins. Each of the free spins has a 3x multiplier attached, the bet being the same as the spin that activated the free games in the first place. Free spins can be re-triggered indefinitely, but the
Viking Playtime Bonus (see later in the review) cannot be activated within this feature. Oh, and the wild symbol becomes an expanding wild within these spins
Wild Symbol – The blond Viking acts as the wild symbol within the game, but only appears on the middle three reels. As noted above, he becomes an expanding wild within the free games. The wild symbol substitutes for any symbol to complete a win, other than the map and hammer symbols.
Bonus Symbol – The hammer is a bonus symbol, and if it appears on the central line of a reel, that reel becomes activated. Once all five reels have been activated, you’ll start the Viking Playtime Bonus round. (Don’t worry, you can keep track of which reels are activated as the Viking smashes a stone that drops to the bottom of the reel, to spell out ‘bonus’)
‘Regular Symbols’ – most of these are relatively low scoring, however the Viking lady will score you 1,000x your line bet if you get 5 on a payline, whilst the ginger Viking will award that for just 4 symbols and a massive 10,000x line bet for all 5!
Viking Playtime Bonus
Once activated, you’ll have a choice of weapons to throw at the Viking strapped to the target. You’ll get to choose each time, for a total of 10 throws – some throws will miss, but you’re guaranteed 7 direct hits on the target per round. Wherever your weapon hits, you’ll be awarded that multiplier to your total bet. After the 10 throws are up, the bonus game exits back to the main game.
As always it’s difficult to say from just one person’s perspective, but when we played, the regular game didn’t really pay out all that much. We get the impression that the big wins in the main game are far apart, but have the potential for some big wins with the max 10,000x line bet, however, you’ll probably have to play for quite a while to activate these.
Much more within reach are the bonus rounds. With a 3x multiplier on each free spin and all sorts of multiples available in the Viking Platime bonus, there’s some good potential here, particularly if you’ve been brave enough to bet big on the round where you’ve managed to activate these! Just as an example, for the free spins, just activating the round will already award you with a 5x multiplier for your total bet – after a rather long slow play where our wallet was falling to low levels, a free games round brought us back most of the way up to where we’d started – thanks to a great double wild symbol appearance, that with expanding creating multiple lines, as well as having the standard 3x multiplier, made for a great round.
VikingMania is a great little slot. Well designed and put together, with smooth animations and crisp graphics, together with a good dose of humour, it’s well ahead of most of the older video slots. Not one for small wallets – there is the opportunity to hit some big wins, particularly via the bonus rounds. Definitely worth taking a look!
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