In the beginning of 2018, NetEnt announced to introduce Scandinavian sea-warriors to the reels thanks to a deal signed with A+E Networks®. That might not ring a bell directly, but I think they will ring when I mention the word Vikings! A+E Networks simply is the exclusive licensing agent of Vikings for gaming, gambling and experiential businesses and therefore involved in the development of the Vikings™ slot.
The popular TV series Vikings is an international Irish/Canadian co-production by TM Productions and Take 5 Productions. Vikings is produced in association with Corus Entertainment. MGM Television serves as the worldwide distributor outside of Ireland and Canada.
The TV series Vikings, which has quickly become a TV favourite, airs on HISTORY® in the US. The series first aired in 2013 and ever since a vast audience worldwide is, bringing a classic and historical theme seriously packed with action! I don’t think any TV series ever showed as many sword fights as Vikings does.
Fun fact: The word Viking means a pirate raid in the Old Norse language.
While bringing some seriously good TV entertainment, the series learns you all about one of bravest, courageous and fearless warriors in history. Watching the TV series Viking on either HISTORY® or Netflix, you’ll be treated a family saga that tells the remarkable tales of the lives and epic adventures of the raiders and explorers of a famous Norse clan from the Dark Ages as they aim to successfully invade England and France.
You’ll get introduced to the gods the Vikings believed in, although these can be found on the reels in the NetEnt jackpot game Hall of Gods™ as well. Among the many gods were Odin, the most powerful and wisest god, Thor, the god of thunder, and Loki, a cheeky mischief-maker which was able to change into many animals.
The Vikings were expert boat builders as well and for whom the series follows, Floki is the one and only boat builder around! The keels made their longboats easy to steer and made it possible to float high in the water while landing on beaches was made easy as well. The Vikings loved their boats so much that it was a great honor to be buried in one along with all their clothes, jewellery and even their animals.
Many warrior Vikings believed there was a place for them in Valhalla, the hall where the god Odin houses the dead whom he deems worthy of dwelling with him. Those not chosen by Odin upon death, found their resting place in the goddess Freyja’s field Fólkvangr.
The series, as well as the Viking™ slot, provides a great introduction to Norse Mythology and the Viking’s traditions, but it’s the journey of Ragnar Lothbrok, the first Viking to emerge from Norse legend and onto the pages of history, the Vikings series is really all about.
It’s this former farmer that rises to fame by the successful raids into England and France. With the help and support of his family and fellow warriors, Ragnar eventually becomes a Scandinavian king and therefore can be called the greatest hero of his age. Ragnars life revolves around the raids, but clearly important to him are his wife and kids.
Following the series myself while writing this review, I know how annoying spoilers can be and that’s why I prefer not to reveal too many details about Ragnar’s adventures. All I can say is that if you aren’t among the many Vikings fans yet, it’s time to become one and start watching the series. Get to know fascinating characters including Ragnar, but also his first wife Lagertha and their courageous son Bjorn, another Viking legend! I’m not surprised that boat builder Floki made it to the reels as well as this remarkable character deserves to be there.
Before you even enter the game, another pretty remarkable character is introduced as you’ll meet The Seer, the Oracle of Kattegat. This “pretty boy”, who welcomes you as the “curious visitor” is able to communicate with the gods and answers questions about the future and one’s fate in life. In daily life, not many are interested in their fate, but I’m glad to see that The Seer made it to the Vikings™ slot as well.
The 0.20 minimum bet isn’t the lowest of them all and the 100.00 is certainly not the highest bet available in a NetEnt slot, but these two bets and the endless number of bets available in between will be enough to enjoy a great branded slot. Choose your perfect bet with the help of the 10 bet levels and the 6 coin values and enjoy the raids!
Vikings™ slot features
While the Vikings series is produced by Michael Hirst, it’s NetEnt that got the task to bring Ragnar’s and Bjorn’s adventures to life on the reels! No surprise, the Swedish game developer did a great job and players can now enjoy their favourite vikings on the reels, as well as some of the best slot innovations.
The fun starts with the win lines missing, replaced by an incredible 243 ways to win. It’s this slot mechanics that makes the Vikings™ slot worth playing already, but I haven’t even mentioned the fact that 243 ways turn into 78.125 betways to win when Raid Spins are activated. But there’s more as the Vikings™ slot is also enriched with a Hotspot feature as seen before in the Joker Pro™ slot. Leaves me to mention the Shield Wall Feature, the Raid Spins symbol and the Raid Spins mode including 3 Hotspots.
It’s a great thing to see the Hotspot feature back. This slot feature is exactly what it says that it is, a video slot feature with a Hotspot. The Hotspot can be found in the middle of the 5 reels and can be easily recognised as the line around the middle reel lightens up. If a Stacked Symbol lands in a Hotspot, showing one of the vikings entirely on the reel, all other Viking symbols on the reels turn into that same symbol which results in Scatter Pays making this Hotspot feature even more attractive.
Another enjoyable slot feature is the Shield Wall feature which is available in the main game, but also during the Raid Spins. If you watch the Vikings series, you won’t be surprised that the shield wall consists of a certain number of shields held up in order to ward off the arrows of the opponent. The Shield Wall appears randomly as a cluster of shields on the reels. When the cluster of shields appears, all symbols will transform into the same symbol. This will most probably result in one or more winning combinations.
Look out for the Raid Spins symbols as three of them will activate Raid Spins. This slot feature makes the Vikings™ slot highly recommended as the game’s layout will turn to 7 reels and 5 rows, resulting in an amazing 78.125 ways to win. And if not enough yet, you’ll be treated 3 Hotspots instead of the usual one Hotspot!
And as NetEnt mentions in the game description, I also believe it’s time to join your favourite Vikings to plunder the reels for your fortune!