Vikings is a video slot created by NetEnt based on the popular TV show of the same title. The story of Ragnar and his children unfolds before you as you spin the reels and hit some wins. So, join this capable band of raiders and conquerors on their journey and you will see yourself richly rewarded. The prizes include special features like reel expansion, free spins, transforming symbols with Scatter pays and Mystery icons.
As you’d expect from this developer, the graphics are top-notch. Not all games receive the same treatment, but it’s clear Vikings was built to be a blockbuster. Just about every part of the background image has some kind of minor animation. You also get a gorgeous intro video the first time you launch the slot, as well. Hands down, one of the best looking NetEnt releases we have seen in a while.
This game belongs in a very elite club that even the best slots have a hard time reaching. Namely, they’re a rare release where we actually like the playing card royals. Going for a silver, bloodstained design makes them look superb, even if immersion isn’t great. Other symbols include Ragnar, Floki, Bjorn and Lagertha as well as a golden V icon.
How to Play
Vikings is played on a 5x3 board with 243 ways to win. The playing field can expand to a 7x5 size and the number of ways to win jumps to a staggering 78125. The layout is the same as all other NetEnt releases, with minor visual changes to make the UI blend in.
The Spin button sits in the middle, with Autoplay to its left and Max Bet to the right. Clicking the Autoplay button allows you to set the number of spins to be played, as well as additional restrictions. Meanwhile, players can change their total bet by adjusting their coin value and bet level. This allows for wagers between $0.20 up to $100 per spin.
Three or more identical symbols in adjacent positions from left to right grants a win. The game uses the Ways to Win system, so any winning combination is valid, so long as it follows the above-mentioned rules. During Hotspot, Viking icons will ignore this rule, and pay like Scatters.
Strategy & Tips
The third reel during normal gameplay is a Hotspot. It only activates when a fully stacked Viking symbol lands within it. All other Viking icons are transformed into the stacked Viking and are then subject to Scatter pays. On top of that, they have a separate paytable that only applies during Scatter pays.
During normal gameplay and free spins, there is a chance the Shield Wall bonus will trigger. A number of shields will obscure part of the playing field, acting like mystery symbols. When the shields drop, all icons beneath will be the same icon, almost guaranteeing a win.
Collect three Scatters in the third, fourth and fifth reel to win 7 free spins. While this special feature is active, the playing field expands to a 7x5 size, with 78,125 ways to win. It also has three Hotspots instead of one, now located on the third, fourth and fifth reel.
The experience is superb, whether you play on mobile or desktop. It’s only a matter of personal preference, as graphics, animations and gameplay are identical across all platforms.