BetSoft have just released a new Viking-themed slot entitled Viking Voyage. This is a game all based on the preparations for voyage, preparations which include gathering all the essential equipment and personnel together.
Once those preparations have been made, it is time for battle, and that means free spins galore in Viking Voyage.
Annamaria Anastasi, Betsoft’s marketing director, said: “Viking Voyage offers players a deeper, more meaningful experience to other games with similar themes.
“”From the artwork to the gameplay mechanics, every aspect of Viking Voyage is steeped in Scandinavian lore and supported by the standard of cinematic gameplay that is unique to the best games in Betsoft’s Slots3 series.”
He went on:
“Every symbol tells a story, and both the free spins and stacked wild respin features are tied closely to the narrative of the game. We are confident that Viking fans and seasoned slots players will all find this voyage an exciting one to undertake.”
So, with that being said, today we bring to you a review of the new Viking Voyage slot. Also, we have compared it against some of the most popular Viking-themed slots ever created. So buckle up.
Viking Voyage Slot
- Software: BetSoft
- Reel structure: 5×3
- RTP: 96.13%
- Paylines: 10
- Features: Free spins, sticky wilds, Buy Feature, Double Up
Scandinavian war music and sharp graphics bring Viking Voyage to life. It is a slot with a standard 5×3 reel structure and a very reasonable RTP of 96.12%.
The reels are prominent and spin against a backdrop of Viking ships, which are ready to go out to battle.
The symbols you will find on the reels include the lower-paying 10, J, Q, K, A symbols, the mid value symbols of a gold cup, horned helmet and battle axe, and the high value symbols of the two brave fighters, the wise elder and the dangerous shieldman.
The Viking Warrior King is the wild symbol and substitutes for all other symbols to form winning combinations except for the bonus symbol. If you stack three Warrior Kings on a reel, you will trigger a full reel Warrior King, which remains fixed as the other reels hit a free re-spin.
The scatter symbol is the Raven. If you manage to land five of the scatter symbols, you will be rewarded with 40x your bet. Also, note that scatters and wilds can work together, which is relatively unusual.
The bonus symbol is the Viking Long Ship, and can only land on reels 1 and 5. The bonus symbol is needed to trigger the Free Spins feature.
If you manage to land a Long Ship bonus symbol on reels 1 and 5, the Free Spins feature will activate.
You will be rewarded with 15 free spins as the Vikings head into battle. If you want to head into the Free Spins feature, you also have the option of the Buy Feature. This costs 70.00 and will give you 12 free spins to play with.
Also, each coin that appears on the reels will reduce the cost of the Buy Feature. When it is reduced to zero, free spins are automatically triggered.
The Double Up game allows you to potentially increase your winnings after every standard win, through betting all or half your winnings. A coin is flipped, and you choose heads or tails. If you are successful, your winning pot will increase.
So, with that being said, let’s move onto three of our favourite Viking-themed slots ever created, and see how they compare to Viking Voyage.
Vikings Go Bezerk
- Software: Yggdrasil Gaming
- Reel Structure: 5×4
- Paylines: 25
- RTP: 96.1%
Vikings Go Berzerk is the second in Yggdrasil’s Vikings series of slots. It is a slot boasting stunning visuals, exceptional gameplay and a whole host of features.
Vikings Go Berzerk is eerie and might be slightly unnerving for some. The game is set on a Viking ship as the Vikings go out to battle.
There are a number of features for players to enjoy including:
- Rage. Fill the rage meter up through hitting winning combinations with the Viking Symbol as the Vikings go berzerk
- Treasure Chest. If you land a standard chest symbol on reel 4, a multiplier of up to 1,000x you’re your line bet could be yours. Otherwise the free spins mode will activate
- Golden Chest. If this symbol lands on reel 5, you could be rewarded with a multiplier up to 10,000x your line bet. The other possible options are the activation of the free spins or a 25% addition to the Rage meter
As for the free spins, they also come with a bunch of features for players to enjoy. To begin with, 3 scatter symbols = 7 free spins, 4 scatter symbols = 14 free spins and 5 scatter symbols = 21 free spins.
As well as the free spins, a certain feature will be randomly attached to them from one of the following:
- All Vikings are Bezerk
- Sticky wild placed in random position
- Sticky wild placed on random reel
- Up to 3 extra free spins
- 5 extra Treasure Chest/Golden Chest symbols added to the reels
Also, if the Vikings manage to fight off the siren, the Viking symbols become sticky wilds. In Berzerk mode, this is guaranteed to happen.
- Software: Play’n GO
- Reel Structure: 7×7
- Paylines: 7
- RTP: 96.7%
Another game rich in features, Viking Runecraft is a fine choice for any slot spinner. This is a game created by Play’n GO, set in the mountain landscape of a Nordic country.
It is played out on a 7×7 reel structure and is a truly exceptional Viking-themed slot.
The levelling up feature is one of the hallmarks of the game. When the entire pattern behind the grid is filled yellow (through winning combinations), you move up a level.
The Gift of the Gods feature is randomly activated during the gameplay, where you will meet one of the following Gods who bestows a gift on you.
- God of Thunder. 5-9 random symbols become wild
- God of Wisdom. 4 wild symbols become two pairs where the wilds in each pair sit vertically next to each other
- God of Beauty. Wild symbols form in 4 different clusters in a random position within the inner 5×5 area
- God of Guarding. 7 wilds are created, with a wild appearing on each row
Also, if you manage to clear a pattern and collect at least one Rune Stone combination, you will have the chance to play the Runes of Valhalla bonus game.
In this Wheel of Fortune style game, you will win a cash prize if you land on a rune.
If you form a winning combination with at least 20 symbols in a single spin, you can enjoy one of the following features in the Charge of Destruction feature.
- Fury of Fenrir. Two diagonal lines are removed from a selection of four, and the remaining ones are transformed into matching symbols
- Judgement of Jormungandir. A snake moves across the reels, removing symbols and transforming some into matching symbols
- Scorching of Surtr. Three different symbols are picked, and those surrounding them are transformed to match them
- Lure of Loki. Two random symbols are selected and one is removed from the grid. The other symbol transforms to a different symbol
In the Ragnarok feature you have the chance to receive up to a 15x multiplier. Charge of Destruction features come into play to help you in your endeavour, and the feature only ends when all of the Charge of Destruction features have been played out.
- Software: Big Time Gaming
- Reel Structure: 5×4
- Paylines: 40
- RTP: 96%
Viking Quest is a different type of slot with a much more genial and friendly feel with cartoonish characters. It is powered by Big Time Gaming and again, has a bunch of features for players to enjoy.
Symbols can appear as Mega Icons on the reels, and can cover 2×2, 3×3 and 4×4 symbol positions. This can contribute to some seriously big wins.
The Free Spins feature is activated every time you land a Free Spin symbol. One symbol gives one free spins, two symbols gives two and so on. You can receive up to sixteen free spins through this feature.
During the spins, reels two to five only feature Mega Icons, so some big wins are possible here.
The Chest of Fortune feature is triggered by landing at least one of the treasure chest symbols. You pick one of the chests to receive a multiplier up to 20,000x your line stake.
The Gone Fishing bonus is triggered by landing at least one of the salmon scatter symbols. Your aim is to catch some fish, and the number of symbols you landed is the number of attempts you have at catching one. A multiplier up to a maximum of 40,000x your line stake is up for grabs when you catch the deeper fish.
Which Is the Best Game?
Viking Voyage is a relatively basic game in comparison to the aforementioned three. Whilst it offers some entertaining gameplay and the chance to win big, it doesn’t come close to the features players can enjoy in Vikings Go Berzerk, Viking Runecraft and Viking Quest.
All games offer players something different. Vikings Go Berzerk and Viking Runecraft are very rich in features and the former particularly offers some truly breathtaking visuals.
If you are looking for something a bit more light-hearted but still packed with features, Viking Quest is a great option.
As for Viking Voyage, it is certainly worth trying out and is certainly an entertaining offering. However, we suspect it won’t have quite the same pull as many other Viking-themed games, including the ones we have discussed in this article.