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Volatile Vikings (Relax Gaming) – Demo Mode
Volatile Vikings Slot Review
Casumo Casinohas added the latest cartoon styled Volatile Vikings slot from Relax Gaming to their casino, the game launched into action on the 21st of September 2021.
This Ragnarok inspired slot uses a theme of Fire and Ice to break p the gameplay, Viking ships and Runestones to set the scene as you embark on a journey in search of epic loots up to 20,000x stake!
There’s certainly no questioning of how this slot got its name. Volatile Vikings is a highly volatile release that includes multipliers in the range of 2x right up to 100x. When you factor in that these multiplier values remain persistent in the bonus round, you can expect that the 5/5 volatility and game title will match your expectations.
Volatile Vikings Base Gameplay
The Viking theme on this slot has two distinct themes, the frozen ice theme for the base gameplay, which gets set alight during the bonus feature with a deep red background and animated fire around the Viking ships.
The gameplay in Volatile Vikings takes place on a 6×5 grid layout with symbols dropping in from the top of the reels like a regular slot. However, there are no paylines as such here, and no “cluster pays” either, which on first play can be very confusing working out just how you are scoring wins!
Instead, you are simply looking for a specific number of matching symbols on the reels to create wins. The minimum number required is eight, with additional amounts leading to bigger payouts. The game does refer to them as clusters, but in reality, they need to be visible on the reels in any position.
However, these wins are pretty small. Even with the highest paying symbol only paying out 50x bet with a maximum “cluster”, thankfully, you have the addition of Multipliers which can boost these values to epic proportions.
Multiplier Reveal Symbols Feature
In the base game, these special multipliers can appear in values of 1x right up to 100x and appear on the reels with an extra number attached to them. This number reflects the number of successive wins required before this multiplier is unlocked, collected, and added to any base game wins.
So for example, a 3x/3 Multiplier reveal symbol means that 3 successive cascades are required before the 3x multiplier is activated and added to any wins.
There are 2 Multiplier Reveal symbols added on every spin. The Multipliers are colour coded in bronze, silver and gold outlines making it easy to identify the most significant and potent multipliers this multiplier reveal feature can produce.
This feature is relatively easy to grasp and keep track of if you already understand the cascading style of wins slots.
This slot’s “Volatile” naming is because of these Multipliers being persistent during the bonus feature. Massive base game hits are also possible with 100x multipliers on offer, but the bonus round is where this slot bursts into fire, and the variance can go crazy!
Relax Gaming has, however, limited the maximum win on this machine to 20,000x, which is plenty.
You will see how volatile this machine can be very quickly after a few bonus rounds, and I thoroughly recommend testing this machine in demo mode first!
Aside from the special Multiplier symbols, we covered earlier, the main symbol in the base game to watch for is the Bonus Scatter Symbol.
Landing 3 or more of these symbols in any spin or after cascading wins will trigger the free spins bonus round. The default triggers of 3 Scatter’s award six free spins with additional Bonus symbols awarding an extra +1 starting free spins.
Volatile Vikings Bonus Scatter Symbol
The critical difference between regular base gameplay and the free spins round is that any Multipliers that are unlocked from the cascading wins once awarded are persistent for the entire duration of the bonus round.
This means that this multiplier value can grow to a tremendous amount if multiple Multipliers have been collected. If you are fortunate and get a say, a 50x or 100x Multiplier (which are super rare!)
Whilst no full bonus re-trigger is available, you can earn several extra free spins, each time a Scatter symbol lands in the bonus game, you will get +1 extra free spins.
There is a bonus buy option in countries where it is still permitted, allowing you to bypass the base game and proceed straight into the Free Spins Bonus round.
The cost of the bonus buy is 100x the current bet. The theoretical RTP is stated an increased 97% for this specific feature.
The game was a stated hit frequency of 26.98% or just over 1 in every 4 spins which is quite low, but also consider this slot has cascading wins so there may be multiple wins once a winning spin occurs.
The Volatile Vikings slot has the following listed hit frequencies during regular play, with different win animations assigned for specific win levels! (worth comparing to Money Cart 2 and Dead Man’s Trail to see the differences)
The theoretical maximum win for the Volatile Vikings Slot is 20,000x bet, This value is a hard-capped win limit, if achieved,
If the sum of all wins achieved in free spins reaches 20,000x bet or higher, the player is awarded 20,000x bet for the whole round.
Volatile Vikings Slot Review
Volatile Vikings Slot Final Opinions
Volatile Vikings is another excellent slot from Relax Gaming, hot on the heels of Dead Man’s Trail. This machine offers an entirely different slot experience. It proves they can produce engaging slots that don’t just rely on the Money Train/ Money Cart style of bonus rounds.
Whilst this is a super high variance and volatile machine, without the multipliers, it can feel like a weak low hitting machine, the multipliers and particularly the persistent multipliers are the absolute key to winning big of this machine, with a capped win limit of 20,000x it is going to produce bonus rounds on either end of the scale so expect some horrific bonus rounds whilst playing this slot.
Please take full advantage of the demo mode we have included in this review. With the bonus buy option, you can get a swift idea of whether this slot suits your tastes and certainly see how this bonus round can play out with just six free spins.
The lack of payline or even what we would term a proper cluster pay system is confusing. We did have to check through the paytable to understand the wins. Still, once that is out the way, the rest of the game flows nicely. The multiplier system that is linked in with cascading wins works well and is easy to track.
The rarity and tease factor of the vast 50x, and 100x multipliers are something to get excited about once you get close to revealing them, as these immense values can transform regular wins into huge sums.
In our playtests, we tested both the bonus buy features and regular base gameplay triggering. As shown in the screenshots, we had some huge wins but also many bonuses that were well under the 100x bonus buy cost to buy them. The key to good bonuses relies on the multiplier reveal symbols being added quickly into the bonus rounds and hoping that they are the larger multipliers!
The extra spins can keep the bonus round ticking over, but dead spins can be pretty common also, so with just six starting spins, the bonuses can be over in a flash!
Overall, this slot feels similar in play to an updated version of Gonzo’s Quest (NetEnt) that fits better with the current super high variance slots trend. The mechanics differ slightly, of course. Still, if you do love the cascading win style of slot machines, this could well be a modern-day replacement.