Viking Runes

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Slot Details
SoftwareYggdrasil
Year2021
Volatilityhigh
RTP96
PaylinesCluster Pays
Row9
Reels9
Bonus symbolWild
Min. Bet 0.40 demo coin
Max Bet. 40 demo coin
Available onZet Casino

Overview Viking Runes

Yggdrasil Gaming invites players to the frozen Scandinavian north, where stereotypical Vikings rule the lands with their enormous hammers, comically large horned helmets, and bare chests (even though the game is set in snow). The gameplay is based around a cluster dynamic which encourages you to match runic symbols on a 9x9 grid.

Like so many games with the cluster dynamic, Viking Runes comes with a cascade feature. This means that players can achieve multiple wins from the same spin by refilling the spaces where winning symbols just were with a new set from above. This gives the game a satisfying momentum.

In addition to the cascade feature, Yggdrasil Gaming has included ‘Lightning Wilds’, a free spins round and progressive multipliers, making gameplay not only varied but significantly more rewarding than other cluster pay games. This all takes place on a board that has been thought through and carefully designed to make sure that the symbols stand out against the cold backdrop of snow and ice.

Theme and Symbols

Norse mythology is up there with one of the most used online slot themes, as it has plenty of exciting imagery to draw upon. Yggdrasil however has more license than most to use this theme as they are a Swedish company, with genuine cultural ties to the history of the Vikings.

Viking Runes has used most of the typical Norse tropes in the decoration of Viking Runes. The most creative part of the game's visual design is the background, which is a starry night in a snowdrift, somewhere in far northern Europe. In this landscape, Yggdrasil has placed large carved heads made of wood. These sculptures one can only surmise, are the busts of famous warrior heroes in the Viking Tradition. Whatever they are, they look fantastic presiding over the game board.
Speaking of the board, it looks a little intimidating given the massive range of symbols on display, however, players soon settle into what is essentially a traditional cluster slot with multi-coloured runes for symbols.

The game contains 9 different rune symbols, three are low-paying, four are mid-paying and the two gem-encrusted symbols are the top-paying of the regular symbols. The most symbols you can match in a cluster at any one time is 42. Matching 42 low-paying symbols will pay out 100x your stake, mid-paying 200x to 300x your stake and high-paying 500x to 800x.
Standing just to the left of the board is a serious-looking Viking who gives all the right indications that he is Thor, the thunder god. He is the one who awards Lightning Wilds, zapping them on to the board by redirecting flashes of lightning.

Game Play

Viking Runes is a cluster pay mechanic game played out on a 9x9 playing grid. To score a win in this game you must create ‘clusters’ of at least 5 or more matching symbols. As you can probably guess, the more symbols that you manage to include in the cluster, the greater the consequent payout.

The betting range for Viking Runes is between 40p and £40 per spin. To change the stake levels, players can use the tool located on the bottom left-hand corner of the screen. All of the game’s customisation tools and the spin button itself are located at the bottom of the screen. These controls also include the auto spins option.

For the paytable and other information, players should click on the small plus sign just to the left of the bet level adjustor.
The return to player percentage for Viking Runes is 96.37%, which is a touch better than average. The volatility is rated in the higher end of the range. The maximum win that is achievable for this game is a massive 25,000 x your total stake from a single spin.

Features

As mentioned in the introduction, one of the most prevalent features in this game is the cascading reels feature. This is triggered every time that players create a winning cluster of 5 or more. The winning symbols are removed immediately from the playing board, to have new symbols fall into their place. This is a feature designed to maximise the efficiency of your spins. The feature will continue until a new set of symbols does not create a win.

The next feature for this game and perhaps the only unique feature to Viking Runes, is the Lightning Wilds feature. Every new cascade that is triggered adds a Lightning Wild onto the board. There is a maximum of 4 Lightning Wilds that can be added and stored to the right of the screen. Each one changes position after every winning cascade. They help to create much bigger wins. All Lightning Wilds are removed from the grid when a winless cascade is formed.
The next special feature is called the Runic Shuffle feature. It is a modifier that can be triggered on any unsuccessful spin during the base game or indeed during the free spins round. When triggered, all of the symbols on the board shuffle into a different order. This shuffle guarantees a new winning cluster.

Another modifier present for this game is the Spell of Ancestors feature. When this feature is activated, all of the low-value symbols are magically transformed into the red rune stone. Following this transformation, the player is awarded a new payout, considering the symbols in their new forms. This feature can be triggered during either the base game or the free spins round.
The last modifier is called the Viking Sorcery feature. When this feature is activated, anywhere from 3 to 9 wild symbols are randomly added to the board. The wilds will then trigger a variety of wins and payout follows. Again, this modifier is triggerable in both base and free spins game.

Finally, Viking Runes has a free spins game. To activate it, players must land 5 or more cascades consecutively. Doing so will grant players 6 free spins in a new setting. The free spins round automatically come with 4 Lightning Wilds already on the board. However, this time these special wilds come with multiplier values attached to them. For every cascade landed in the free spins round, the value of the Lighting Wilds grows. A winless cascade doesn’t reset these multipliers.

Conclusion

Great to look at, fun to play and terrifically lucrative if you are lucky with your spins, Viking Runes is a game that has a little something for everyone. The bigger wins come courtesy of the free spins round and the exciting multiplier Lighting Wilds. This game is highly volatile, however, so it might be worth remembering to be a little patient when confronted with a few rounds of dead spins.

Frequently Asked Questions Viking Runes

What is the Cluster Pays Dynamic?

Instead of matching symbols across pay lines like in traditional online slots, this game requires you to match them in vertical and horizontally aligning clusters of 5 or more to score wins.

Can I play Viking Runes for free?

Yes, there is a demo version of the game available on most casino sites, that allows you to play the game without having to stake any money.

When was Viking Runes released to the public?

Viking Runes was released on the 8th of March 2021.

What is the RTP for Viking Runes?

The return to player percentage for Viking Runes is 96.37%.

What is the volatility rating for Viking Runes?

The volatility for this game is rated up at the higher end of the spectrum, meaning that wins are perhaps a little less often but larger when they eventually do occur.

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