If there’s one TV show that really sums up the word ‘epic’, it’s got to be Vikings. It tells the tale of Ragnar Lothbrok, his sons and their rampaging adventures and gives us an insight into the history of Vikings. When we’re not shouting “Shield Wall!” we’re praying that Vikings will be made into a slot. And NetEnt answers our prayers in true NetEnt style with this Vikings Slot, bringing the legends to life.

Gameplay

Vikings Slot is a five reel game with 243 Ways to Win, but we have the chance to drive a sword in the wound and wedge these reels open to seven reels and 78,125 Ways to Win (we told you this slot is epic!). Based on the ever popular TV show, we get to join the warriors from the moment this slot loads up. We see the Oracle in his hut, displaying the game’s features to us. When we’re ready to proceed, the drapes open and we zoom forward towards the picturesque Kattegat, where most of the TV series takes place. All of our favourite Kattegat residents make an appearance as high paying symbols, including Ragnar, Lagertha, Floki and Bjorn.

As this Vikings Slot is based on the show (with full licence rights), we get to see the warriors in glorious HD graphics. And it’s even better when they appear as part of the Hotspot feature, fully stacking their symbols. An example of this – if Ragnar lands in the Hotspot, all other Viking character symbols transfer into Ragnar, which means the wins come rolling in like we’ve joined them on a successful raid.

Bonuses

The Hotspot feature is essentially the slot’s Wild but Vikings are known for being unique, strong and worthy crusaders… so an ordinary Wild wouldn’t do them justice. The V symbol is also important to watch out for. When it appears seven times across a payline, we score seven times our stake. These are pretty good base bonuses, but it gets even better with the Shield Wall and Raid Spins bonuses.  When three Raid Spins symbols appear on the reels, the reel set expands to seven reels, five rows and 78,125 Ways to Win.

We get seven spins, three Hotspots on reels three, four and five and things get crazy. Stacked symbols and Shield Walls, which appear as mystery symbols, can transform other symbols, so when all of this comes into play we could win up to 10,000 times our stake on each Raid Spin. Now that’s a raid the like of which any red-blooded Viking warrior would be proud.

Summary

Slots based on TV shows can be hit and miss, especially when they don’t feature any of the main cast. That’s not the case on Vikings which gives us another chance to enjoy the team of Ragnar and crew as we join them on epic raids in search of epic wins. And we can shout “Shield Wall” each time it activates with full Viking gusto, frothing at the lips with our war faces on.