A Fantasy Themed Slot Featuring Wild Stacks and Free Spins
The name Viking Vanguard might have you thinking of a trip to the high seas, where you’ll be walking the plank in front of a bunch of one-eyed sailors. However, this slot is anything but that. Instead you’ll find yourself in a frozen fantasy setting with no sea in sight. A castle sits at the top of a slope and featuring on the reels are symbols such as wolves, dragons and crows. Yes, this is very much more ‘Game of Thrones’ than it is ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’). The two main characters are the pirates themselves. The bearded male pirate holds an ornate sword, while a blonde female pirate has her face painted, ready for the action.
Viking Vanguard is an atmospheric and almost movie-like slot, with the following array of features:
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When playing the base game of Viking Vanguard you’ll notice that one whole reel of every spin will be filled with a stacked dragon symbol. This is the wild of the game and will substitute for every other symbol apart from the bonus scatter. The dragon wilds are stacked on all of the other reels too, so there is every possibility that these wilds will line up, offering wins across many of the win-lines.
Look out for the eye-catching bonus symbol which shows an image of a tree etched into a wooden base. This scatter symbol can appear on all five reels not filled with the wild. Land three bonus scatters and you’ll win 8 free spins, while 4 bonus scatters pay 20 free spins as well as an award of 10x your total bet. The maximum five scatters award an incredible 100 free spins, as well as 15x your total bet.
During the free spins, the reel that was wild on the triggering spin will remain wild throughout the whole of the feature. In addition, at least one reel will also fill with the stacked wild too, although this could just as easily turn into 4 or 5 additional wild reels.
You can retrigger the feature at any time, with 3 or 4 scatters (with at least two wild reels, the maximum number of scatters is 4) awarding an additional 8 or 10 free spins respectively.
Viking Vanguard plays out on an unusual 6×4 reel set up, featuring a total of 60 win-lines. You’ll pay one credit for each win line, making for a total stake of just 30 credits. The standout symbol on the pay table is the male Viking, who pays 150 coins for the maximum six in a row. This character is stacked two high, making bigger wins easier. The female Viking pays 25 coins, while the wolf and the crow each pay 15 coins. The pay table is completed by a collection of stone symbols and twigs formed into symbolic arrangements.
WMS has to be commended for the excellent design of Viking Vanguard. The barren setting would be a test for any man, making for something of a haunting game. Snow falls through the scene, while orange lights shine in the windows of the castle, representing the fires inside. The range of symbols are excellently designed too, with both of the Vikings and the dragon wild particularly standing out.
The sound effects are excellent too. When the game is at rest, the wind howls, while you’ll hear the sound of the blacksmith banging metal, while the occasional howl of a wolf will send chills through you. Hit spin and a resounding soundtrack plays adding a war-like atmosphere into the mix.
Despite the name, this is a slot that will certainly appeal to those who enjoy Fantasy themes, with much imagery similar to the Game of Thrones saga. The overall design of the game is stunning, creating a story-line feel, as the Vikings go face to face with the dragons. The gameplay is equally good. With 60 win-lines and stacked wilds, this is an all-action game. Enter the free spins and you’ll feel like you’re in a real battle – although with this many winning chances, this is a battle you’ll almost certainly win.