As the last game of 2020, players were sent to the lush slopes of Midgard to join some Norse characters. Players embraced a fantasy place to stay at this time of the year while enjoying original features. The Riches of Midgard™ slot is the first from NetEnt that offers players the Buy Feature and a gameplay based around Hot Spot Reels, which are on either side of the reels.
What makes the Riches of Midgard™ slot so special!
With an original gameplay and features, the Riches of Midgard™ slot is a one of a kind slot. Besides offering a Buy feature, allowing you to skip the main game to go directly to the Free Spins feature at a certain cost, the layout changes throughout the game as well. The main feature the game revolves around is the Hot Spot Reels feature. You find the Hot Spot Reels on either side of the reels. It’s just one symbol on each Hot Spot Reel, but they have an important effect on the outcome of a spin.
The Hot Spot Reel feature makes the game worth playing and is available in both the main game and during the Free Spins feature. These two simple symbols on each side of the 3×3 reels in the main game are very important. While they do not participate in any winning combinations, they can be responsible for the activation of Re-spins. How this special feature works exactly, you find out further on in this slot review.
It’s not the first NetEnt slot with Norse characters as we’ve seen some in the Hall of Gods™ slot the Vikings™ slot. However, it’s certainly a game you want to try for its unique character.
While used to different levels and coin values in older NetEnt slots, times have changed and betting options simplified. There’s still a minimum and a maximum of 0.10 and 200.00, but it seems NetEnt ditched the levels forever. Therefore, you can click the pile of coins to find a pop-up with almost 50 different betting options to choose from. So all you have to do is to click the amount you want to play with. Besides the minimum bet of 0.10 and maximum bet of 200.00, there are another 47 amounts to pick.
Riches of Midgard™ slot features
With 3×3 reels, the Riches of Midgard™ slot isn’t like any other modern video slot. The layout is rather classic, but the video slot features makes it a modern game. The Hot Spot reels make an innovative game while Free Spins definitely belong to the modern versions of the game. Besides, the 3×3 reels won’t stay like it as reels are likely to expand during the Free Spins feature. How this all works?
Hot Spot reels
It all starts with the main game during which you have 3×3 reels available and two Hot Spot Reels, one on each side in the form of a single symbol. During each spin, the 3 reels spin, as well as the two Hot Spot reels. When symbols are the same as on one or two Hot Reels, they don’t participate in the winning combination. But they do activate a Re-spin in both the main game and during Free Spins.
Matching symbols landing on both Hot Spot reels and two or more regular reels activate a Re-Spin. All symbols activating the Re-Spin now expand to cover the entire reel to stay there during the Re-spin. During the Free Spins feature they get locked even.
Riches of Midgard™ Free Spins
When three or more Scatters appear on the reels in the main game of the Riches of Midgard™ slot, you’ll enter the Free Spins feature. You receive 8 Free Spins to start with, but each Scatter appearing on the reels award an extra 2 Free Spins. That same Scatter also awards an extra row with up to 7 rows available in total.
There’s also Wild symbols in Free Spins! A Wild symbol that matches all other symbols may appear on the left Hot Spot reel.
The Riches of Midgard™ slot promises to be the first NetEnt slot with the opportunity to buy the bonus feature. It’s becoming a new trend in iGaming which gives you the opportunity to skip the main game and go straight to the Free spins feature. Be aware of the high costs that can be involved in this feature. You activate the Free Spins feature by paying 80 times your bet.