Vikings have fascinated us for an incredibly long time, because this civilization lasted for a very long time, and also did some pretty amazing things. Of course, the common perception of the Vikings is that they were ruthless pillagers who did nothing but steal, rape and kill the populations of Europe and beyond.
But in actuality this isn’t strictly true at all; the Vikings actually had a very complex mythology, for example, and their seafaring skills were once the best in the world by far. Everybody knows the image of a Norse longboat with hundreds of Vikings rowing in unison, don’t they? Well, these people got to the American continent well over a hundred years before Columbus did, and they are also said to have reached the Far East by sea way before anyone else did. The Vikings, therefore, aren’t simply the ruthless warriors that they are often painted as, in fact they are so much more…
It is this fact that makes this historic civilization such good cannon fodder for the online slots world, and there have been countless games using this theme over the years. Just consider one of the standout online slots of the 21st Century Thunderstruck, for instance, a game that wowed audiences with its use of Norse mythology. More recently the Scandinavian developer Yggdrasil have found great success with Vikings Go Wild, a slot game that puts a slightly crazy spin on the classic Viking theme. Online slot gamblers loved the game so much that Yggdrasil have made a sequel – Vikings Go Berzerk. Now, this title sounds like an even more thrilling game than Vikings Go Wild, and after playing it you realise it definitely is. Read ahead for our comprehensive breakdown on this wacky slot from renowned developers Yggdrasil.
Online slot gamblers that enjoyed the original Vikings Go Wild will be happy to know that Vikings Go Berzerks continues exactly where this online slot left off, aesthetically speaking at least. The whimsical Viking characters return here, ensuring that there is a wonderful degree of comedy in this slot. As for the background, the game itself takes place on a traditional Viking longboat, with an impressive looking metal dragon being the figurehead. All of the command buttons are also placed on a wooden plank on the bottom of the screen, and we really liked the fact that even these things were made to look as one with the theme.
The symbols in Vikings Go Berzerk are all pretty reminiscent from Vikings Go Wild, however there are also a few new additions too. First off are the low paying symbols that all come in the shape of various coloured coins, mainly bronze, silver and gold. It is definitely worth commending Yggdrasil here too, as they have avoided the temptation of using the standard playing card symbols to designate the low paying icons. Moving up the pay scale we have an assortment of Viking characters that you may recognise from Vikings Go Wild, these can give a maximum of 250 credits each time, so you will be certainly happy to see them on the reels. There is also a wild symbol and a siren that makes up Vikings Go Berzerk’s scatter icon, ensuring that this is one well rounded online slot.
Yggdrasil have opted to use the standard game mechanic during Vikings Go Berzerk, with a 5 reel and 25 fixed pay line setup welcoming us into the action. This is a good thing for both beginners and advanced players, as it is by far the most easily understood game mechanic in the online slot world, mainly because it is the most frequently used. There is also a max bet function for people feeling particularly confident, and this can result in some pretty huge wins indeed.
Vikings Go Berzerk also has an auto spin mode, meaning that you can spin its reels whilst doing something else entirely like cooking dinner. Who said you cannot multi-task whilst playing online slots, eh?
With a name like Vikings Go Berzek you would be expecting this slot to be packed with exciting bonus features, and the truth is that Yggdrasil have well and truly got to town to ensure that this is very much the case. The wild symbol during Vikings Go Berzerk can swap with all other symbols other than the scatter to make winning combinations, in much the same way as it acts in other online slot games available these days. The scatter during Vikings Go Berzek is made up of the siren icon, and this can give up to 21 free spins if you are lucky enough to encounter them on the reels. There is more as well: because before each free spin mode you are also given a random selection of other bonuses, these can range from extra free spins all the way through to wild reels and more.
So far this all sounds pretty standard, but are favourite bonus feature during Vikings Go Berzerk is the rage mode. Each time you make a winning combination out of the Viking characters the rage meter gets more and more full, and when it hits capacity you will enter rage mode. 7 free spins are immediately awarded, and as the Vikings are now berserk they can defeat the sirens and make way for a load of new prizes, one of which is 10,000 coins – nice!
Yggdrasil was started by a former CEO of the renowned company NetEnt, so it should come as no surprise that they immediately started churning out classic online slots after their formation in 2015. Yggdrasil slots are characterised by bonkers themes, insanely good graphics and wonderful bonus features, just try some of these out if you don’t believe us:
· The Royal Family
· Valley Of The Gods
· Penguin City
· Easter Island
It is not often you find an online slot this good, hats off to Yggdrasil!
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