Viking Treasures Slot
Viking Treasures is one of three new games which were launched on 5th December 2018, the first releases from Radi8, a new affiliate brand of Genesis Group. In this game, you’ll join the Vikings as they battle sea monsters on their quest to find hidden treasures in the depths of the ocean.
Viking Treasures is a 5x4 reel set, low variance slot with 50 fixed pay lines and an RTP of 97.03%. Free spins with locking wilds are the key to big wins with this slot. The demo version is in Chinese Yen so I’m not sure about European limits but you can play from as little as 0.05 up to as much as 600 CNY per spin.
Design and Symbols
Upon introducing Radi8, Genesis Group claimed that the new affiliate, “aims to stun the gaming arena with an optimized portrait gameplay tailor-made for the smartphone adapted players”. It seems, however, that whilst certainly optimizing gameplay for smartphones, they have almost completely neglected the pc players among us. If you try the game on a PC then around 80% of the screen is dead space showing a hazy, static image of Viking ships sailing out of the fjords out to sea, while the game itself only occupies a narrow strip in the center of the screen. Fair enough if you want to predominantly target mobile users, but other providers who aim at the smartphone market usually tend to make a little more effort to make their games pc friendly.
As to the design, the portrait gaming area is split into three sections – the top section shows an animation of a big bearded Viking aboard his ship speeding through the fjords, flagon in hand and axe across his back guarding a treasure chest, while the tentacle of a deep sea creature waves in his general direction. The middle section is the timber-framed reel set with the bottom part of the screen housing the buttons and controls.
The low-value symbols are wood constructed 9-A while the high-value symbols are the horn from a Viking helmet, a flagon of ale, a glamorous female Viking and the big, red-bearded Viking. The bearded Viking is the most valuable, paying 50x bet size for 5 in a row. The wild is an open treasure chest and the scatter symbol shows crossed axes behind a wooden shield. The background music is a suitably ominous Viking warrior percussive, chanting soundtrack.
There is only one special feature within the game, the locked wild free spins, but as with all other Radi8 games you will also benefit from your loyalty via their proprietary in-game player achievement engine, Rad+
Locked Wild Free Spins
10 free spins are triggered by landing 3 or more scatter symbols. During the free spins, any wilds which land on the reels will lock in place for the remainder of the round. Sadly the free spins can’t be re-triggered although having played the round numerous times it is not uncommon to hit a win of at least 100x the bet size.
On all Radi8 games, the Rad+ engine will keep a tally of your wagers and convert your loyalty to ‘Radcoins’. Radcoins can be exchanged for boosters which further a player’s chance of hitting the ultimate big win on any game of their choosing.
Our Thoughts on Viking Treasures
While I enjoyed my time playing on the Cat Kingdom, another of Radi8’s 5th December releases, I have to say I was somewhat underwhelmed by Viking Treasures. The design was fairly generic and uninspiring, and despite the free spin round paying out a decent amount, with no opportunity to re-trigger and nothing much going on in the base game I found Viking Treasures fairly boring. It isn’t the hardest feature to trigger I suppose, but I still found the distraction of the free spin round not enough to hold my interest. This is a shame because locking wild respins can be a pretty fun feature. Also, I found it quite strange that a win of ¾ x bet size (playing all lines) elicited a pop-up message claiming “Big Win”, a win of 1x bet size “Extreme Big Win”, and anything above a 2x win “Ultra Extreme Big Win”. This was a little tiresome, to say the least.
Perhaps the game might be a little more tempting if you have some Radcoins to increase the RTP. As it stands there are plenty of way better Viking themed slots to choose from. If the Viking theme appeals I would suggest either NetEnt’s Vikings or Yggdrasil’s two favourites, Vikings Go Wild and Vikings Go Berzerk.