Prepare yourself for a day of pillaging, raping and raiding! Well, maybe not. But when you hear the word ‘Viking’, it does invoke imagery of tall men with long hair and beards getting themselves ready to go out conquering areas of Scandinavia and beyond. Fortunately, in Viking Mania, Playtech has chosen to go a bit of a different route. Instead of ferocious and vicious Vikings, the characters appearing in the game seem to be having a lot more fun with life.
They do maintain the characteristic look of what we’ve all seen depicted as Vikings before, but thanks to the innovative theme, everything is a lot more laid back in the game. Of course, we wouldn’t expect anything but stellar graphics from the Playtech developer, which is what Viking Mania delivers. It also contains a very quirky and whimsical soundtrack that will no doubt get you smiling if you weren’t before. All in all, the impressions that you get from the game once you load it up is that you’re going to have a lot of fun spinning its reels.
What Do Vikings Do When They’re Taking a Break?
The setup of this online slot game exists as five reels and three rows altogether. For those players who have accessed video slots before, this won’t appear as anything unfamiliar. Also, the game features 20 different pay lines to bet on. However, you can change these around if you wish to bet on fewer. Simply use the + and – buttons below the ‘Lines’ section. Additionally, there’s the possibility of changing the wager on these lines by using the second set of + and – buttons. These allow you to choose between values of 1 cent and $10. Therefore, if you have the maximum number of pay lines active, you will be playing a maximum overall wager of $200 per spin. You can reach this total instantly by using the ‘Bet Max’ button, and an ‘Auto Play’ button is also present for you to utilize.
Playtech has certainly made sure to use its very best graphics when it comes to Viking Mania. The background of the game depicts a forest clearing, with trees on either side of the reels. And speaking of the reels, this is where you will find the slot’s symbols. These start off with the playing card icons as are seen in multiple online slots. They provide you with the lowest-paying symbols, from 9 and 10 through to J, Q, K and A. After these symbols is one of a female Viking wearing a red outfit. She is followed on by an angry-looking boar and a traditional Viking horn. The final standard symbol (and the game’s highest paying standard offering) is that of the man with the red hair and beard. Five of him showing up on a winning pay line in the slot will reward you with 10,000 times your stake.
Prepare for Some Viking Fun!
The reels of this game also contain a wild symbol, which is present in the form of the Viking with the blonde hair. He can show up on reels two, three and four only, but when he does, he will substitute for all other symbols to form winning combinations. The only icons that this does not apply to are the bonus and scatter additions. The wild symbol will also show up during the slot’s freespins round, and at that point, he will also expand across the reels when he creates wins.
The scatter icon that exists in the game is present in the form of the map image. This one can appear in any position on the reels of the Viking Mania game, meaning that it can also provide pay-outs from any location, too. Five of them in view anywhere for example, will reward you with a multiplier of 100 times to your stake. Whenever three or more of them come into view, the freespins round will also activate. This provides you with a total of 10 freespins of the reels with triple multipliers also being in effect. As mentioned earlier, the wild symbol will become an expanding wild whenever this feature round is in play. You’ll also be given 10 more freespins whenever three or more scatters appear during the round.
Finally, the game’s bonus symbol is the one that has the words ‘Viking Playtime Bonus’ written on it. Whenever this one shows up in the center position of a reel, it will activate that particular column. You need this to take place on each of the five reels before the bonus round begins. However, you’ll certainly have fun once the bonus round does start up. You’re required to choose weapons to throw at your red-haired Viking friend, who has been pinned up to a rotating wheel. Once you make your choice, this will be thrown at the Viking. If it hits the board, you will win the corresponding number on that target, multiplied by your in-play stake. You get the chance to pick 10 weapons for a total of 10 throws. Some of these throws can miss, but you will always get a minimum of seven direct hits. After the 10 throws are over, your wins are totaled up and the bonus round finishes.
Viking Mania – Conclusion
The Vikings theme is one that exists in multiple slot games, but this Playtech offering takes it in a bit of a different direction. That’s what truly makes it one of the more appealing games in this genre. We love the bonus round and the freespins that are available to trigger during gameplay. Plus, the fact that there is an expanding wild during the latter of these is an even better enhancement. When you add the visually stunning graphics of Playtech and the fact that the game is such a fun one on the whole, you’ve got yourself a truly entertaining slot to access.