Vikings Go To Valhalla
Yggdrasil has been around since 2013 and still manages to impress with all kinds of pokies. Those with a Viking touch are the ones that really stand out of the crowd and Vikings Go Berzerk is probably one of the best examples as it’s widely considered one of Yggdrasil’s most popular pokies. Vikings Go To Valhalla is a new part in the Vikings Go-series and the main question is whether it lives up to its name. Over the years we have been introduced to a delightful mix of pokies within their Vikings Go series, where the sticky wilds and Berzerk mode are some of the features that have characterised these games.
Vikings Go To Valhalla Review
Before we kick off with our complete review, we have to point out that the title of this game makes us wonder if Vikings Go To Valhalla could be the final instalment in Yggdrasil’s popular Viking series, but there might be a sequel for Valhalla. Time will tell, but either way, the 4 brave warriors from the previous Viking series go into battle this time to win eternal life. They’ll need to fight Jormungandr, the World Serpent who encircles Midgard — the word given to earth in Norse mythology. Gunnar and his crew will likely need all the help they’ve gotten from defeating The Lord of Chains and Lucifix himself in Vikings go to Hell, if they are to gain access to Odin’s massive hall of fame in Asgard. We’re happy to report that the Rage Meters are back, activating the Berzerk Respins.
It was in 2015 that Kiwis first discovered this series, where the mix of adrenaline-filled features and outstanding graphics managed to capture the attention of many players in New Zealand and other regions. Vikings Go Berzerk Reloaded was launched in 2021 and allowed players to participate in yet another epic gaming experience with potential max wins boosted to 25,000x the stake. The potential max win is also very high in Vikings Go To Valhalla as it goes up to 23,210x the stake.
Nice to know
|Launched||28 March 2022|
|Features||Additional Free Spins, Bonus Wheel, Buy Feature, Random Reward, Free Spins, Scatter Symbols, Sticky Wilds, Symbols Collection, Wild Symbol|
Vikings Go To Valhalla
Yggdrasil is a Sweden based, but globally reputed developer that keeps releasing games that are inspired by the Vikings and you can’t really go wrong with that if your headquarter is located in Stockholm. When it comes to Vikings Go To Valhalla’s gameplay, we see the grid is made up of 5 reels and 4 rows, which spin across a total of 25 fixed paylines. On these paylines you can form winning combinations, by matching 3 or more identical symbols on a reel. These must be placed from left to right on adjacent reels. In terms of features, there are plenty of them waiting to be activated in this game, such as the Viking Battles feature, Rage Meter & Berzerk Respins, free spins, and the Ragnarok Wheel.
How to Play
The Vikings Go To Valhalla pokie game by Yggdrasil uses a 5×4 pokie grid with a fixed number of 25 paylines. As in most 5×4 games, winning payouts start from the leftmost reel, and combinations start with three or more symbols. Base game payouts range from 0.2x to 10x your total stake, but there are many features to boost those wins. Here’s a quick overview of how to play the Vikings Go To Valhalla pokie demo:
- Hit the middle spin button to start the Vikings Go To Valhalla reels
- Make use of the “+” and “-“ coin value buttons to adapt your stake.
- The paytable and pokie rules can be seen via the “+” button
- Get the most out of the spin speed option and autoplay button: choose between 10, 25, 50, 75, 100, 250, 500, 750, and 1000 auto spins.
- Always make sure to set your limits before you start playing.
Despite its adventurous vikings theme, the look & feel in the Vikings Go To Valhalla pokie is actually quite dark, which is how the Viking Age was in reality. As the Vikings were seafaring people, you’ll hear Viking chants in the background as you spin the reels and make your way to the winnings. Vikings Go To Valhalla is set initially in front of icy cold mountains, but that changes to a fiery lair when the Free Spins are triggered. We have to hand out top marks when it comes to the audiovisual part of Vikings Go To Valhalla as the graphics and audio are of a very high level and make for an epic game experience overall.
On the reels of this Yggdrasil pokie, you’ll come across a range of coloured tokens which represent the lower paying symbols; red, green, purple, and yellow. The high values are, of course, the 4 Vikings that are sent to war. They are coloured as well and follow a slightly different colour scheme: blue, green, purple, and red. The red Viking is the most valuable pay symbol. The wild symbol substitutes for all symbols whilst the treasure chest symbol, which awards several prizes, only lands on reel 5.
|Symbol||Payout for 3||Payout for 4||Payout for 5|
|Green Male Viking||0.8||3||6|
|Purple Male Viking||1||4||8|
|Red Male Viking||1.2||4||10|
|Treasure Chest||1 in view awards 1 of several prizes|
|Wild||Substitutes all regular symbols|
|Free Spins Scatter||3+ triggers free spins feature|
As you are used to from Yggdrasil, there is again a whole series of bonus features that ensure that you have enough options at your disposal to have some fun and hopefully make a nice profit. The features of this game roughly boil down to the following:
Viking Battles Feature
If you land a Viking symbol during the base game, it will fight Jormungandr. If the Vikings win they become sticky wilds and if they lose they remain normal paying symbols. In Berzerk mode, the Vikings always win.
Rage Meter & Berzerk Respins Feature
Winning 3, 4 or 5 Viking symbols adds 1 to 3 points to the corresponding Rade Meter. Berzerk Respins are triggered with 16 rage points. Re-spins continue until there are no battles won or all positions are filled with sticky wilds.
With 3, 4 or 5 free spins symbols you can trigger the 7, 14 or 21 free spins respectively. Before the feature starts, you can get up to 4 extra bonuses on a special reel set. This can be Viking in Berzerk mode, up to 2 extra spins, random sticky wilds, or a wild reel and extra chests on reel 5.
Ragnarok Wheel Feature
After the free spins feature you will activate the Ragnarok wheel which comes with 6 reels with black and gold positions that spin separately. If you get gold squares on the outer reel, the next inner reel spins. Hitting gold on all 6 levels triggers Ragnarok Free Spins. If it lands on a black surface, it turns gold, increasing the odds the next spins.
Ragnarok Free Spins Feature
With this feature you get 7 free spins with an x1 multiplier. During the Ragnarok Free Spins Feature, all Vikings are in Berzerk mode, so they always win a battle and turn into sticky wilds.
Treasure Chest Feature
The treasure chest symbols land on the right reel and can give players massive payouts. When they land in the base game, a treasure chest symbol will pay between 2x and 500x the stake, which will happen anywhere between 7 and 21 Free Spins or Ragnarok Free Spins. If they land on the free spins, one treasure chest symbol can land between 2x and 500x the stake, between 2 and 4 extra free spins, and a random wild reel or an extra wild. Landing in Ragnarok Free Spins, one treasure chest symbol will award between 2x and 500x the stake, between 2 to 4 extra free spins, or give +1 to the win multiplier.
New Zealanders can take advantage of the Bonus Buy menu. It comes with 3 options:
- 7x your stake for a spin on the Ragnarok Wheel.
- 80x your stake for the regular Bonus Round (w/ Ragnarok Wheel spin at the end).
- 330x your stake for the Ragnarok Bonus Round (w/ Ragnarok Wheel spin at the end).
Vikings Go To Valhalla pokie game is played on 5 reels, 4 rows and has 25 fixed paylines. Winning combinations are formed much like many other pokies that have the same layout. Your task is to match 3 or more symbols from left to right, starting from the leftmost reel. Stakes range from $0.25 up to $50 per spin. Below the reels, you’ll see the + and – icons next to the coin value that give you the flexibility to adjust your bet according to your bankroll and preferences.
The Vikings Go To Valhalla RTP is set at 96%, which is spot on the overall online pokie average. With a hit frequency of 21.73%, just over a fifth of all spins will result in a win — on average over a large number of spins. Ideally, we would’ve liked to see the hit frequency percentage value a bit higher at let’s say a quarter as this Yggdrasil pokie is very volatile, but we’ve definitely seen worse. The maximum win is set at 23,634 x your stake, which is a solid number despite being less than Vikings Go Berzerk Reloaded, but way better than the 4000x available on the original Vikings Go Berzerk pokie.
Vikings Go To Valhalla is certainly in line with what we hoped for, especially for a game that is part of a highly successful series and it’s harder every time to exceed or meet expectations. We particularly love the brand new Berzerk Respins feature as it still offers a decent break from the grind of the base game. We’re also happy to see that the Rage Meters are back in this part, as they sort of motivate us to keep going. If we take a closer look at the feature pricing, you’ll need around 47 Ragnarok Wheel attempts before you get to the actual feature, which makes it a bit challenging to get there organically. However, this is where the game really makes the difference, so you’ll almost have to if you want your Viking Go To Valhalla session to make a lasting impression. The regular bonus round does disappoint if we compare this to what you get in the Ragnarok Wheel feature. You should therefore try to rely on these features if possible. All in all, we think it’s a worthy end to the popular Norwegian saga, if Valhalla indeed turns out to be the final station.