Most Viking slots are based on Norse mythology and feature gods and goddesses. But Bork represents a real group of pre-medieval Norse warriors who fought as if in a trance. Our Bork is a modern Nordic Berserker who is trying to save the love of his life (captured in a bikini) from the fiendish designs of the evil sorcerer. The sorcerer has monsters to carry out his nefarious plans, but Bork has only you to help him ‘Thunderkick’ the pants off the sorcerer.
Bork the Berzerker: Hack ‘n’ Slash is a revamp of an earlier Thunderkick release that was taken off the market. The tag Hack ‘n’ Slash is one of the changes, and probably meant to re-emphasize the blood and gore narrative. However, the violence is not depicted in graphic terms, but in cartoons that seem to be drawn by amateurs. The only time we see blood is when Bork fights the monsters across entire reels filled with red during the bonus rounds.
The sorcerer has deployed three demons to guard the lover. These are slithering snakes, a mermen, and a three-eyed ogre. And even though Nordic sagas are not complete without letter symbols, we are thankful that some Norse games, including this one, use theme-specific Nordic runes instead of the card game royals. Bork is the game’s wild, who eliminates all other symbols and fiends to help create winning combinations for you.
In the base game, Bork will only land on the center reel, but it’s during the free spins that he really goes berserk and this is when you get your rewards for helping in the fight. Help Bork find the sorcerer on three reels and he’ll award you free spins as the villain is the scatter of the game. In the base game, Bork will only land on the center reel, but it’s during the free spins that he really goes berserk, hacking ‘n’ slashing his enemies and rewarding you for your help.
This Hack ‘n’ Slash version of Bork the Berzerker plays out across 5 reels and 3 rows with 20 paylines. Though there are no bonus features in the game apart from the standard free spins and expanded wilds, this version of Bork the Bezerker has an above average return to player rate of 97.34%. However, this is a high volatility slot, so expect some frustrating spins between significant wins.
The minimum bet is $0.10, which can go up to $100.00 across all paylines. You will be paid according to your total bet across the paylines. Winning combinations are made when identical symbols land on at least three adjacent reels starting from left to right. The Norse runes are the least valuable icons and pay 3, 3.5, and 4 times your stake for landing on 3, 4, and 5 reels.
The monsters constitute the premium symbols, since you have to see them to kill them. The three-eyed ogre is worth 10 times your stake if you catch him on 5 reels. The corresponding multipliers for the deadly serpents and the mermen are 15 and 25. But you want Bork to catch the sight of his beloved on all 5 reels as frequently as possible. He will multiply your bet by 50 times.
Since, this is a pretty high variance game, which can have some dry spells, be ready to hack ‘n’ slash your stakes when things are not going your way and increase them when things start looking more positive. The maximum win potential of Bork the Berzerker: Hack ‘n’ Slash is 2,100 times your stake, which is not to be sniffed at, but can seem disappointing, given its volatility.
As mentioned Bork the wild berserker will only appear on the center reel in the base game. But when he does, he’ll expand to fill the entire reel. He will replace other symbols just like a card game joker to help create winning combinations. Since he covers the entire third reel, identical symbols on all rows become win recipes, giving multiple payouts across all paylines.
The evil sorcerer is the scatter of this game. Get him on 3, 4, and 5 reels and Bork will reward you with 10, 15, and 20 free spins respectively. This is the time Bork gets truly feral. He can simultaneously appear across all the 3 middle reels with his spiked mace and creates leaves a gory trail of blood as he slaughters all the villains who seek to imprison his beloved.
The action can only get thicker while playing this game on the move. To be sure, Thunderkick released the Hack ‘n’ Slash edition especially as a mobile-first game. The game’s HTML coding is compatible with mobile operating systems like Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Blackberry, etc.
Bork the Berzerker can be played on all smartphones and tablets that run on these platforms. You’ll be playing online and we suggest you play the game in landscape mode given the horizontal layout of the grid. Also, you will need stable internet connectivity lest you get thrown out of the arena.
Here, we have a refreshing theme with a cultural and historical narrative rather than a mythological one, which has been used incessantly. Though the violence could not have been depicted more graphically, we feel the design of the symbols and the grid as a whole could have been made more sophisticated to cater to modern tastes.