Published: 07/01/2013

The animated introduction to Playtech’s new Vikingmania slot is almost as much fun as the game its self. Watch as one Viking plays a prank on another before using him for target practice. The graphics and audio are top notch and certainly set the scene for the excitement to come when the reels begin to spin.

Vikingmania features a 5-reel, 20-payline format. The amount of the wager per line may be adjusted using the +/- toggles beneath the second reel from €0.20 to €500. Using the “Bet Max” beneath the fourth reel will maximize the number of lines bet, but does not affect the size of the wager per line, which must be set manually by the player. Also, there is no Autoplay function in this game.

The basic symbols on the reels are Playtech’s standard card symbols, Nines through Aces. They pay out multipliers of 5X to 125X whenever three or more matching symbols appear on an active payline. Higher awards are paid the Ale Horn, Boar, Redheaded Maiden and Red-bearded Viking symbols, from 5X up to an exciting 10000X.

All winning symbols animate during the payouts. The Redheaded Maiden winks, leans forward to reveal her ample cleavage and blows the player a kiss, while the Red-bearded Viking takes a drink from his ale horn, causing his helmet to spin and steam to shoot out from his ears.

The Blonde-bearded Viking is the wild symbol in this game, appearing only or reels 2, 3 and 4. It substitutes for all symbols except the Map scatter and Hammer bonus symbols. When a wild symbol is part of any winning combination, the Blonde-bearded Viking animates, giving the player a “thumbs up” sign.

The Map scatter symbol lights up as it falls into any position on the first three reels. Catching 2, 3, 4 or 5 Map scatters pays a multiplier of 1X, 5X, 25X or 100X times the total wager, respectively. Whenever three or more Map scatters appear anywhere on the five reels, the Free Games round is initiated, with 10 free spins at triple values. Although the Hammer bonus symbol does not appear on the reels during the free spins, the Maps do and they can retrigger Free Games indefinitely. Also, the Blonde-bearded Viking becomes an expanding wild, filling all three positions on the reel to create winning combinations.

Perhaps the most fun of all when playing Vikingmania comes about when the Viking Playtime Bonus is activated. That requires collecting stone carvings of the letters B, O, N, U and S beneath the five reels. A letter is collected whenever the Hammer symbol appears in the center position of a reel, but only one letter can be collected per reel until all five are in place.

Once the Viking Playtime Bonus begins, a new screen appears with the Blonde-bearded Viking strapped to a circular wooden target. The player then has the opportunity to throw weapons at the helpless Viking—a total of ten throws in all. The weapons include a tomato, a hammer, a double-bladed cleaver, a clay vessel, an egg and a chicken.

Weapons are thrown by clicking on the one selected. When they hit the target, a payout of 1X, 2X or 3X is awarded times the total amount wagered, according to the section of the target that is hit. Misses count as zero, but at least 7 of the ten throws are guaranteed to be hits. After ten throws, the accumulated bonus is paid and the slot game resumes with the bonus letters beneath the reels erased.

Published on: 07/01/2013

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