The Vikings

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1 Reels 5
2. Paylines 11
3. Progressive Yes
4. Maximum coins 110
5. Jackpot 80
6. Maximum jackpot in coins 8000
7. Multiplier No
8. Scatter symbol Yes
9. Free Spins Yes
10. Betting range from $0.2 up to $20
11. Coin Bet Range from $0.01 up to $0.01
12. Coins per line 10
13. Bonus Game Yes
14. Wild symbol Yes

There are a handful of games in the video slots world that are based around vikings, and almost all of them are extremely serious titles with dark, action-oriented graphics. Magnet Gaming tends to have a lighter take on things, and that's the case with The Vikings, an online slot that this company has produced with somewhat cartoony graphics and a more friendly appeal. The visuals in this game are top-notch, and it's completely jam-packed with different types of bonus features.

Game Layout

This game has a very atypical layout. Players get five reels and three rows, which is normal enough, but there are 11 paylines. We're not sure if we've ever seen a game with exactly 11 paylines before. They pay both left to right and right to left, so there are essentially 22 ways to win in this game, which is still an atypical number. However, you'll only pay for 20 coins per spin, and the coin sizes go as low as $0.01 apiece, so you can play for as little as $0.20 per spin. That's low enough that anyone can comfortably enjoy this game.

Symbols and Regular Payouts

Wild symbols show up on every reel. They substitute for anything but the bonus features, and they expand on the second and fourth reels. They do not have their own special payouts, however.

Let's start with the regular payouts. You can earn 160x for five of the hammer, the largest regular win in the game, and this is followed by 120x for five of the sword. An 80x payout is available for getting four hammers or five of the shield symbol, and this drops down to the 60x level for four swords. Five helmets is close at the 56-credit level. You'll notice that these payouts are very flat, and in typical Magnet Gaming fashion, all of the regular payouts have a high hit-rate with a balanced pay table. Don't get worried, however, because much larger wins are available in the bonus features.

To round out the bottom end of the payout table, there is a 40x win for five of the sheep symbol, and a 24x win for five of the ham can also be found. The beer and fish are the two lowest-paying symbols in The Vikings with a 16x payout for five of the beer and an 8x payout for five of the fish symbol.

Free Spins and Multipliers

One of the features that adds value to the size of the payouts while also decreasing the volatility of the game is the free spins feature. After every winning spin, you'll get an extra free spin in addition to your normal payout. Your multiplier will increase from 1x to 2x to 3x and finally to 5x if you get several wins in a row, and this is a cool way of giving players chances to run up several payouts on the same spin. This is what we meant above by the relatively flat pay table not being the entire story of how value is distributed in this game.

Bonus Features

There are a handful of different bonus features in this game that add a huge level of interactive gameplay. The first is the Gold Loot feature, and you earn this when you land the gold loot symbol on the middle spot of the third reel. You'll get a pick-a-box bonus feature with a chance to be taken to the jackpot flash feature.

Next is the dark forest. This is a maze-style feature where you're trying to guide three vikings through the forest while finding treasure. If you make it through the forest, you'll get instant wins in addition to a shot at the jackpot flash feature.

If you pick up four or more of the sea journey symbol anywhere on the reels, then you'll be taken to the Sea Journey feature. This feature consists of four mini games where you'll eventually fight off a sea monster for prizes. The graphics in these mini games are hilarious.

The jackpot flash feature is the key feature of the game, and it's how you win one of the two progressive jackpots. In the regular jackpot flash feature, you can win regular prizes of 300x, 500x or 700x if you don't win the progressive jackpot. In the super jackpot flash feature, however, those static prizes are increased to 1,200x, 1,600x and 2,400x in addition to the super jackpot, which is the largest win available in the game.

Our Thoughts

The Vikings is nothing like any other viking-themed slot we've ever seen. The level of depth in this game is up there with the absolute best in the industry, and the graphics are absolutely hilarious on several occasions. With so many different bonus features and an atypical, balanced and low-volatility payout schedule, this is a game that's extremely player-friendly while still offering chances to win huge payouts thanks to the jackpot rounds.



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