First the Vikings went wild… this time they’re going berzerk!
The original Vikings Go Wild from Yggdrasil was one of the companies first releases, and was definitely one of the first slot machines by them to receive mainstream attention and praise.
It’s been almost two years since the original game but it still looks and sounds as good as any game released this year which is a credit to the team at Yggdrasil.
It’s not so surprising then that this sequel doesn’t deviate too much from the format of the original – the graphics and overall presentation of both games is strikingly similar.
What We Love
There’s not too much to get excited about in the base game here, all of the big wins are tied up in the games features so it was nice of Yggdrasil to include two different ways of activating the free spin modes.
First up is the “Berzerk” meter, which fills each time a Viking lands on the reels and when filled activates seven free spins with additional (and potentially sticky) wilds on the reels.
Better yet, land three or more scatter symbols to activate the Raganarok bonus round whereby all of the vikings will be upgraded into additional wild symbols, again with the possibility of activating additional sticky wilds at the same time.
It’s possible to fill the whole screen with wilds in this mode, but even a couple of lines of them should guarantee you a very decently sized win by the end of the feature.
What We Do Not Like
Although the game has yet to be released and some details have not quite been finalised, it seems likely that the maximum win from a single spin will remain at 450x your stake as it was in the version of the game we saw.
This isn’t terrible, particularly as you can possibly win this amount on several consecutive spins, but it is a little lower than we would normally like and certainly by Yggdrasil standards it is a tad disappointing.
Although the bonus features of this game are definitely an improvement on those offered in Vikings Go Wild, the graphics and symbols are extremely similar and it does come across a little lazy on the part of Yggdrasil to call this a full on “sequel” when it’s really more just an incremental update to the first game.
Whilst the original game might still have it’s fans right now I would imagine the majority of them will likely prefer to play this game upon it’s release later this month.
This game shares all it’s best parts with the original whilst making significant improvements to the bonus mode, and has greater winnings potential as well. All in all this a solid, if not hugely innovative release.