New Slot: Viking Runecraft (Play'n GO) Review

Today we review Viking Runecraft the new online slot machine from Play'n Go. Earlier this year the provider explored the Asian culture with the very successful Matsuri online slot. Now Play'n Go takes us into the Scandinavian landscape where myth and reality mix together. The entire pantheon of Norse Gods are present on the game. The new Viking Runecraft slot has an uncommon design and numerous unique features which we will analyse on this article. The slot game was released on 27.04.2017 and players can find it on LeoVegas as well as most other major online casinos.

 

Slot Description

The Viking Runecraft slot machine has a very unique reels set. The slot game plays out on a 7×7 grid. This means that there are 7 reels and 7 rows. The min and max bets players can lay – range from 0.10 to 100, depending on the currency played. The coin size ranges from 0.01 to 0.1. The game has a Nordic theme with Thor, Odin, Heimdall and Freya as the main characters. Each of the characters appear on the different levels of the casino game. On each new level a different wild pattern will appear on the reels. There are also 2 meter bars on the left hand corner of the screen. The bars are part of 2 different features.

 

Paylines & Symbols

The online slot game does not have any fixed paylines. To get a win the player needs to get 5 or more matching symbols in a row. The symbols can be horizontally or vertically to each other. Winning symbols are removed and new symbols will drop down. The same thing will continue until there are no more winning combinations. The high value symbols on the reels all relate to the theme. The symbols feature an axe, a helmet, a hammer and a medallion. The low value symbols show Nordic letters engraved in different colored stones. The game has no scatter symbol. The wild symbols come as golden symbols and they appear differently, depending on which God stands on the right hand corner of the screen. Each Got gives wilds in different forms. The wilds can substitute for all other symbols.

 

Gift of the Gods Feature

The slot game has different levels. On each level a new God will appear on the left hand side of the screen. You can reach a new level by clearing the patterns highlighted on the reels. Each level has a different pattern. The patterns are made by different frames. Every time a symbol, that sits on a frame, is part of a winning combo the frame the symbol sits upon will be highlighted. To clear a level you need to highlight all the frames that make the pattern. On each level the gods will randomly award wilds after a non winning spin.

  • Thor - 5 to 9 random symbols become wild.
  • Odin - 4 wild symbols form in 2 pairs where the wilds in each pair are vertically next to each other.
  • Freya - Wild symbols will form in 4 different clusters in a random position on the inner 5×5 area.
  • Heimdall  - 1 wild will appear on each row, for a total of 7 wilds

 

Charge of Destruction Feature

Every consecutive win will charge the circular meter to the side of the reel set. When the meter gets full, 1 of 4 bonus features will trigger. The features are:

  • Fury of Fenrir - Slashes 4 diagonal lines of symbols. Then 2 lines will be removed and the other 2 lines of symbols will be the same symbol.
  • Judgement of Jörmungand - A pattern will appear from one end of the grid to another. The symbols on the path will transform into the same random symbol.
  • Scorching of Surtr - 3 symbols will be on fire and the fire will spread on other symbols nearby. The symbols on fire will all transform to the same symbol.
  • Lure of Loki - The game will randomly choose 2 symbols. All symbols similar to the first choses will disappear and all symbols similar to the second will transform to another symbol.

After 1 of the 4 Charge of Destruction features plays out, the charge meter go back to normal and players can recharge it again.

 

Ragnarök Feature

This slot feature can trigger after playing 1 of the Charge of Destruction Features. Players can trigger the Ragnarök by recharging the charge meter during the Charge of Destruction Feature. In the Ragnarök feature, the Charge of Destruction transforms into the End of the World Bonus meter. On a new background 1 free spin will be awarded. During the free spin each of the 4 Charge of Destruction Features will activate consecutively one after the other. Moreover the total win will be subjected to a multiplier depending on number of symbols that are part of a win.

  • 20 symbols =  2x multiplier
  • 40 symbols = 3x multiplier
  • 60 symbols =5x multiplier
  • 80 symbols = 15x multiplier

 

Runes of Valhalla Bonus Feature

Finally there is one last feature on the Viking Runecraft slot machine. This feature relates to the second meter bar on the left upper corner of the screen. The bar shows all the low value symbols. And each win with a low value symbol will highlight that symbol on the bar. On the bottom of the bar there is a cash amount that grows with 12% of every winning combo. When you clear a pattern and have at least 1 symbol on the bar highlighted, the feature will trigger. A wheel of fortune will appear on screen. The more symbols on the bar highlighted the better the chances to win on the wheel will be. Players will spin a wheel where if the arrow lands on an active and lit symbol the player will win the corresponding bonus amount.

 

Conclusion

Viking Runecraft is a very high volatility slot machine with an RTP of 96.7%. The max win possible on a spin goes up to 5000x the stake. The slot might seem complicated at first, due to the many features it includes. However, once you start playing, it becomes pretty easy and fun to play. Plus the potential for huge wins is extremely big. When it comes to the design and graphics the slot is top notch, and the gameplay is excellent as well. All in all an amazing slot game that will keep you engaged.

Experience Viking Runecraft for yourselves at LeoVegas and check out the official promo on the video below:


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