Viking Runecraft Review

Play’n GO tend to produce very exciting, innovative, and enjoyable arcade style games, and Viking Runecraft is certainly no exception. Viking Runecraft is a welcome break away from regular 5-reel video slots, instead, the game features a 7×7 grid with a cluster pays system.

The game has many inventive features, such as cascading reels, which means you can win multiple times on each spin! The game is multi-leveled and filled with superb bonus features and huge wins. The game has a Norse mythology/Viking theme and the Gods/Goddesses: Thor, Odin, Freya or Heimdall are the game’s mascots.

Highlights

  • Slot type: Video Slot
  • Reels: 7
  • Scatter: No
  • Theme: Fantasy
  • Bonus Game: yes
  • Wild Symbol: Norse Gods/Goddesses
  • Free Spins: Yes
  • Software: Play N GO

How to Play

As is the case with pretty much all video slots, you have to select your bets before you start to play.

  • The minimum bet is 10p and the maximum is £100.
  • You can choose to spin the reels manually each time, or if your prefer, there’s an autoplay option which allows you to sit back and watch the action unfold.
  • The aim of the game is to match symbols in ‘clusters’ i.e. 5 or more of the same symbol next to each other. When this happens, a payout is awarded and the cluster explodes, allowing the reels to cascade which can potentially result in more wins.

The higher value symbols are all based on Norse mythology. The highest paying is Thor’s hammer, which rewards you with 1500 coins if you land 15 in a single cluster.

Important symbols in Viking Runecraft:

♦ Wild: Norse Gods/Goddesses

♦ Scatter: N/A

♦ High value symbols:

  • Hammer
  • Helmet
  • Axe
  • Pendant

♦ Other Symbols:

  • Lavender rune stone
  • Gold rune stone
  • Blue rune stone
  • Purple rune stone
  • Green rune stone

Jackpots

Viking Runecraft is not a progressive jackpot slot but that doesn’t mean there aren’t big prizes up for grabs. You can win huge amounts in the base game alone, and the special features are especially generous. The game has a medium volatility and the RTP currently stands at 96.70%.

Special Features and Bonuses

Viking Runecraft is packed with exciting bonus features, all of which feature a different Viking God or Goddess. Behind the reels is a meter which is charged with every winning spin. When the meter is fully charged, it activates one of the 4 ‘Destruction’ modes:

  • Fury of Fenrir: 4 diagonal lines are picked at random, and two of them are removed. The remaining ones are then transformed into matching symbols resulting in a huge win.
  • Judgement of Jörmungandir: A snake slithers across the reels, removing symbols randomly and then transforming the remaining ones into matching symbols.
  • Scorching of Surtr: 3 different symbols are chosen, and all the surrounding symbols are changed to match them.
  • Lure of Loki: 2 different symbols are selected. Then, all of one type are removed from the reels and replaced by the other symbol.
  • Ragnarok Free Spins: If you charge the meter twice during the same spin, you will unlock the Ragnarok Free Spins feature which gives you 1 free spin with a 15x multiplier.

Viking Runecraft features 4 different Norse Gods; Thor, Odin, Freya, and Heimdall, and each God provides a different bonus. To activate these bonuses the pattern of each god must first be cleared. To clear a pattern you need to form wins along a specified grid positions. Each time a pattern is cleared you’ll advance to the next level and you’ll meet another Norse god, until you eventually reach the ‘Level of the Gods’. If you don’t win anything for several rounds, one of the Gods will randomly appear and grant you one of the following:

  • Thor: God of Thunder: Between 5 and 9 symbols are turned wild.
  • Odin: God of Wisdom: 2 vertically connected pairs of wilds will appear on the reels.
  • Freya: Goddess of Beauty: A cluster of 4 wilds is placed randomly on the grid.
  • Heimdall:God of Guarding: 1 wild is placed on each row.

When a pattern is cleared you will also get to play the Runes of Valhalla bonus mini- game. This bonus game contains a Wheel of Fortune which awards different cash prizes. The cash prize that you win can be increased during the gameplay if you complete winning combos which contain each of the five coloured runes.

Graphics and Sounds

The graphic display is fantastic, the reels are adorned with fearsome Viking Gods and warriors, and the animations and cascading reels are a great extra. The soundtrack is great and it really helps develop the Norse theme.

Conclusion

Viking Runecraft is a brilliant new slot. The levels and many bonus features means that something is always happening on the reels and the Norse mythology theme and an element of thrill and excitement. This slot is perfect for all slots fans who like dynamic, action-packed video slots.