As soon as you open the gaming screen you will realise that Viking Runecraft is not just another ordinary slot game. This epic tale plays out on a 7 x 7 grid packed with Nordic symbols and a Viking warrior stands to the right of the board, poised for action. To the left of the reels you will see a curious looking circular symbol, whose purpose we will explain below. The cost of a spin starts out at a minimum of 50p and rise all the way up to £100 for those with deep pockets.
Viking Runecraft is far from a traditional 5 or 3 reel slot game. Instead you score wins via the cluster pays method, meaning that you must find groups of at least 5 of the same symbols connected horizontally or vertically. This game also uses the cascading symbols feature, so that any symbols that form a winning cluster will disappear, and new blocks drop from above. If you have played a game like Gonzo’s Quest or Jungle Jim you will know that this means you can go on winning sequences to boost your profits.
In total there are nine base symbols populating the reels. These are made up of five different coloured carved stones, and then the higher value images are the amulet, axe, Viking helmet and hammer. If you manage to find 15 or more of those hammers then you will be rewarded with 1500 times your bet. It is possible to form more than one cluster of symbols on the same spin, and of course as new symbols cascade down from above further consecutive wins are possible. As you get your wins you will notice that the circle on the left of the screen begins to charge, so let’s jump into the many features available from this game to see what that means.
That mysterious circular dial is a meter, and it becomes charged when you make winning combinations, and it fills up when 20 winning symbols are uncovered.
If your winning streak continues to 40 symbols then you enter Ragnarok mode, which is a bonus game. Every time you make a spin without a winning cluster one of the four features will be unleashed on the board. This continues until all four features have been used. It’s a lot to take in, but the special features of this awesome game aren’t done just yet!
When you first begin this game your Viking warrior – remember the one standing to the right of the reels? – begins as a level one ‘Journeyman’. He is watched over by the God of Thunder, who can strike lightning onto the grid at any time, turning all the symbols that are struck into golden wilds. Behind the symbols you will notice blue glowing squares which form a pattern. Every time a winning cluster uses one of the symbols on a blue square, the square will turn gold. When the entire pattern becomes gold – which only requires patience as the symbols don’t change back for as long as you keep playing – then you will move to the next level. The Journeyman becomes a Clansman with a new god – the God of Wisdom assisting with a new random bonus. There are four levels with four different gods, with the God of Beauty and God of Guarding awaiting those players who persevere on the reels.
Is it possible for a slot game to have too many features? Not if you ask the Casino Gorilla! The final feature in this action-packed game involves the five low value symbols. Form winning combos with these and you will see the symbol light up on the top left of the screen. When at least one has been discovered and you clear the pattern to move to the next level, you will activate the Runes of Valhalla bonus feature. Here you spin a wheel and if you hit any of the active base symbols you win a bonus amount. The more symbols you have lit up, the better your chances of winning that bonus.