Have you seen Avengers Endgame yet? One of the biggest talking points in the movie is how Thor looks and while I am not going to spoil that particular surprise for you, it is fair to say that the Thunder God probably needs to get back into the gym, especially if he wants to be the inspiration to his Viking friends that he is destined to be.
Speaking of Viking friends, Thor's comrades in arms make an appearance in the latest new slot from Betsoft. It is called Viking Voyage and, as you can guess, it features Vikings on their long-ships at sea heading who knows where to try and take over new lands.
This 5 reel slot has just 10 pay lines on the reels and can be played from as little as 0.10 per spin, though you can increase that to 10.00 per spin if you are a higher roller. The single line jackpot is 100x, but again, you can win across multiple lines on a single spin and the game is also blessed with a number of bonus features including Free Spins, a Buy Feature option to trigger Free Spins immediately and a gamble option for any base game wins you want to try and increase the value of.
So grab your helmet and swords, strap on your armor and let's take a closer look to see if these Vikings have the right stuff to conquer slot land once and for all!
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I think the presentation of the Viking Voyage slot has been very nicely done indeed. There is a jaunty tune that plays alongside the game as you play and the backdrop of the long-ships on the sea bobbing up and down as they sail along is very nice. It is all a bit 'safe' though and not much happens which is a bit of a pity, but the slot looks and sounds very nice. The reels are in the middle of the screen with the controls at the foot. It's a pretty standard Betsoft set up to be truthful but it does make the slot easy to play and also very easy on the eye and ears.
What's on the reels?
There are essentially six different types of symbols on the reels, three different types of standard symbols, plus the Wild, the Coin symbol and the two different Bonus or Scatter symbols. These latter symbols all refer to the main bonus features which we will outline below.
The lower value symbols are the Standard symbols, and these are the playing card symbols from 10 through to the ace and these pay a range of wins from 20% of your bet up to 3x your bet. There are three Mid Value symbols, the Axe, the Helmet and the Goblet and these offer a mix of pays from 0.4x your bet up to 20x your bet.
The higher value symbols are the red, purple and green Viking symbols and these offer pays from 2x your bet to 100x your bet on the reels.
The Raven Scatter symbol appears anywhere on the reels and you do not need to land it on a line in order to win. Any three, four or five ravens landed on the reels triggers a cash prize of between 0.4 times your bet and 40x your bet. However, the Raven Scatter does not have anything to do with Free Spins in this game.
The Wild symbol on the slot is the golden colored Viking and this is Stacked on the reels. You can land one, two or all three symbols on a single reel and when you land all three, you will trigger a Free Respin of the other reels with the Wild symbols held in place. If you add more Stacked Wilds on another reel, then the re-spins continue until you do not add to the Wilds.
The Wilds don't offer any multiplier bonus and they also do not have their own pay out. They simply act as substitute symbols for those listed above.
Free Spins features
You can trigger the Free Spins bonus round in two ways. Either by playing the base game and landing the Longship Bonus Scatter symbol on the first and fifth reel, or by paying the extra coins required with the Buy Feature. While the Buy Feature is tempting, it should be used prudently as it costs a lot (70x your standard bet initially) but the value of it does decrease with every coin symbol you land in the base game. Over time you can trigger the feature by reducing the value of it to 0.00 (although this would take a lot of spins).
Once triggered you receive 12 Free Spins. In the Free Spins round, there is a 3x multiplier in effect on all wins. The same features, such as the Stacked Wilds, will appear in Free Spins as the base game. With the 3x multiplier you can land some sizeable wins during Free Spins but be aware, this is a volatile bonus and you can also trigger very small wins of just a few coins alongside those bigger value wins, which is why the Buy Feature should be used very prudently.
Other bonus features
If you are fortunate enough to land a win in the base game then you have the option to bet half or all of your winnings in the Double Up Game. This is a simple coin toss game where you pick either heads or tails to produce a result. If you win, you double the amount of money you bet. If not, you lose all that you bet.
Best feature of the Viking Voyage slot
The Free Spins bonus round is the crowning feature of the Viking Voyage slot. It can be bought for a prize, or triggered naturally as part of the base game. The Buy Feature option needs to be used very prudently as pays from Free Spins can vary massively from tiny pays of just a couple of credits to much larger ones. However, the Free Spins bonus is the best way to land the bigger wins in the slot and it is the part of the game players will want to trigger as often as they can.
What does the Viking Voyage slot lack?
I don't feel, in terms of game mechanics and content, the Viking Voyage slot lacks anything in particular. The base game rattles along nicely while the Free Spins bonus seems relatively easy to trigger although its pays can be very variable. However, the small size of the jackpot (which is just over $4,000 in cash terms) means that it is a slot that higher rollers and those that like big jackpot prizes may find a little more difficult to warm too. However, on the flip side of that, I feel it is an excellent game for mid to lower stakes players.
Viking Voyage is a cheerful, beautifully realized slot from Betsoft. It can be a real mixed experience when playing it, but that is always a good sign when playing a genuine medium variance game. The bonus features are well thought out and I like the fact a symbol reduces the cost of the Buy Feature on the reels. That's a clever touch. Wins can be hard to hit at times and it is a 'streaky' slot, but I do feel it is a game that will have long term appeal, especially for lower to medium stakes players. Higher rollers may find the somewhat low value jackpot not too appealing however.
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