Vikings were probably the most dynamic, active, and vigorous ethnic group in medieval times. To see them reduced to two-dimensional symbols in slot games with no palpable action or narrative can be a tad disappointing to most except die-hard slot fans of Norse themes and other history-inspired games. Vikings Fortune: Hold and Win neither represents the energy of the Norse plunderers or the glamour and romance associated with their cult status today.
However, the game truly holds the promise of a Viking fortune, even if only a part of it. The 25 paylines engine of this 5-reel, 3-row slot game holds enough power to explode with some highly combustible wins. The Viking warrior, his queen, the wolf and the eagle, along with the wild, scatter, and gold coins produce a soft narrative against the backdrop of a Viking harbor. Dragon-headed boats are anchored at the harbor surrounded by crags bereft of any snow you might expect.
Except for the backdrop, the slot has a minimalistic design. The multi-stepped Viking temple in the background architecturally looks a bit ahead of its time. There is also nothing remarkable about the reels themselves. The slot’s attractiveness lies in its bonus features, which include free spins, re-spins, multiple scatter wins, and three static, in-game jackpots. Viking Jackpot: Hold and Win exemplifies the old maxim that beauty is only skin deep.
Viking Fortune: Hold and Win is a medium to high volatility game, which tends to play out on the lower spectrum. This translates to the fact that the base game will sustain interest with moderate to significant wins, while the bonus games periodically pitch in with substantial prizes. The return to player rate of 95.2% does not promise a literal fortune. However, the game’s payouts will surely not disappoint players who are not looking for gigantic wins.
Betting starts at $0.25 across all 25 paylines and ends at $100.00. Players would do better to adjust their per spin wagers according to their playing fortunes. Winning combinations are made from left to right when identical symbols land on 3 to 5 reels. The card royals are the low value symbols; the wolf and eagle pay out in the mid-range, while the highest paying symbols are the Viking couple. The warrior awards 1, 4, and 20 times your bet for appearing on 3, 4, and 5 reels respectively.
A similar payout is on offer whenever wilds appear on all reels in matching combinations. Even the scatter is no squatter, and pays 5 times the bet for landing on reels 1, 3, and 5 simultaneously, besides giving you free spins. Then there are the 3 jackpots that can be won in the bonus games. The grand jackpot gives you 1,000 times your bet, over and above all the line wins, which can go up to 1,435 times your bet during the free spins rounds.
The treasure chest on the reels is the scatter symbol, which activates the free spins round. Get the chests to land on the 1st, center, and 5th reels at once and you get 8 free spins apart from the cash prize. You chances of winning big get a significant boost in this round with all the medium and high paying symbols appearing as colossal symbols.
The colossal symbols can spread across 2 rows and two reels or 3 rows and 3 reels, which can give you some good cluster wins. Any treasure chest that lands during the round offers a payout. And if land 3 of them again on reels 1, 3, and 5, you get 8 more free spins.
The bonus feature is reminiscent of some of Playson’s other titles. You will find gold coins frequently popping up on the reels in the base game. But when 5 of them land in unison, they trigger the second bonus feature of this game, which takes place on a new screen made up of just the gold coins and blank spaces. Each gold coin has a cash value attached, which is visible.
You are awarded 3 re-spins while the feature triggering gold coins become sticky. They remain in place for the duration of the re-spins. If another gold coin lands, the re-spins are set back to 3. When you run out of re-spins, you are paid the sum of all the values attached to the gold coins on the reels.
Vikings Fortune has 3 static, built-in jackpots called Mini, Major, and Grand. These jackpots can be won in the Bonus Game Feature described above. When a gold coin emblazoned with ‘Mini’ or ‘Major’ lands during this round, you win either of these jackpots with corresponding payouts of $3,000 and $10,000. The Grand Jackpot is worth $100,000 and is won when the Grand jackpot coin fills all 15 spaces of the reels.
Viking Fortune is programmed with HTML5, which makes the game’s platform compatible with all Android, iOS, Windows Phone, and Blackberry cellular devices. HTML5 auto-adjusts the game’s software to the small screen, which allows you to enjoy the game in full HD quality and original audio quality, though the game does not have much of a soundtrack. We suggest you play in landscape mode, and ensure that you always have stable internet connectivity.
For a modern video slot, Playson has introduced a reasonably attractive game for slot lovers. The popularity of Viking-themed slots is going nowhere in a hurry. With a fairly rewarding base game, two bonus games, and three jackpots, some of the Viking Fortune is bound to rub off. We just wish that developers would add action-packed narratives to themes, which deserve them.