Spin that reel – Viking Runecraft slot review
All things Viking seem to be cool at the moment and as always the online gaming sector is quick in jumping on the bandwagon. The Vikings theme got quite a boost from the hit-series Vikings that aired on History.
There are dozens of ancient Norse-themed games available online and Play’n GO decided to also try their luck with the Nordic gods. Their latest title, Viking Runecraft, ups the ante for quality themes, graphics, and gameplay. This HTML5 slot features cascading reels, immersive playability, and world class sounds and visuals throughout gameplay. But is it a game you want to play again and again?
Viking Runecraft immediately stands out because it has a 7×7 grid. You can win big prizes by matching up combinations of rune symbols. As gameplay progresses, the “Charge of Destruction” bar fills up leading to potentially huge rewards, and the Ragnarök feature offers up to 15 times multipliers. But there is much more to see and experience in this game. You can join the Nordic Gods of Thunder, Wisdom, Beauty and Guarding. There are vikings, powerful spells, multipliers and extra wilds – this slot machine is packed with surprises!
- Fury of Fenrir – four diagonal lines are picked then two are removed and the remaining ones are transformed into matching symbols.
- Judgement of Jörmungandir – a snake travels across the reels, removing symbols and transforming some of the remaining ones into matching icons.
- Scorching of Surtr – three different symbols are picked and those surrounding it are changed to match them.
- Lure of Loki – two different symbols are selected then all of one type are removed and replaced by the other symbol.
Viking Runecraft is a big release of Play ‘n Go released in April 2017. It is not just another slot with fixed paylines and occasionally a free spins bonus. Viking Runecraft is much more: it’s a true exploration through the ancient worlds of the Vikings complete with a huge amount of bonus features.
How does Viking Runecraft work?
Variance on this slot is low. This means that you can play a long time for a small deposit, especially if you know that the minimum bet is also very low. With a deposit of only 20 euro you can easily play for a couple of hours. You pay a fixed amount per spin where the minimum is € 0.10 and the maximum is € 100. Viking Runecraft is a so-called cascading slot game: the symbols fall down and disappear at winning combinations to make way for new ones. Like we know from a game like Gonzo’s Quest.
A payout occurs when 5 or more identical symbols touch each other horizontally or vertically. When you manage to get more than 15 of Thor’s Hammer symbols in a winning combination then you win 1,000 x your bet.
The bonus features of Viking Runecraft
This slot is really packed with bonus features, almost too much to mention, but we will give it a go. You can release a level by completing a certain pattern. This allows you to release additional mini features that help you through additional wilds to make more winning combinations.
With the Runes of Walhalla you save while playing for a secondary amount. At a level up you can spin the wheel to try to win this secondary amount. If you don’t win, the amount will stand until you reach a next level up.
Charge of Destruction gets activated when you have 20 or more winning symbols in one turn, 1 of the 4 extra features that will win you even more.
If you have 40 or more winning symbols in one turn, you win the Ragnarok bonus. You will win this also if you have at least 20 extra winning symbols after the Charge of Destruction. The Ragnarok bonus is the best bonus to win. You win 1 big free spin, with all 4 additional features being activated one by one with an additional 2x to 5x multiplier.
Specifications Viking Runecraft
- Developer: Play ‘n Go
- Reels: 7
- Win lines: 7
- Bid: € 0.10 – € 100
- Jackpot: Yes, € 10.000. Not progressive
- Volatility: Low
- Bonus Feature: Free Spins, multiple bonus games, Respins
- RTP: 96.7%
Play ‘n Go has delivered an epic slot with Viking Runecraft, clearly they have put a lot of time and effort in the development. The Norwegian Viking theme has been beautifully implemented in all aspects of this online slot game and there are bonus features enough to keep you busy.