In Wild Hammer Megaways, players must travel to Asgard with Thor, the God of Thunder, searching for “Heavenly Wins” in this latest Megaways game with the usual 117,649 ways to win and cascading reels and, of course, rising win multipliers! Officially released on the 4th of August 2021.
The visual design is stunning, with the reels jam-packed with Nordic lore, characters such as Odin, Loki, Freya, the wolf Fenrir, and Thor’s Hammer Mjolnir (Hammer of the Thunder God) slamming down across the screen, signalling the start of a bonus round.
The additional feature used on this Megaways slot is a form of Wild Replication that initially debuted in the Dragon Match Megaways slot.
The Wild Hammer Match feature works the same way, with two matching symbols across the horizontal top reel set triggering this feature. These symbols are then converted into wilds and will also convert any matching symbols of the same kind in the main reels directly below them.
With maximum wins of up to 50,000 x stake, thanks to a mix of Rising Multipliers and these Added Wilds, it is fair to say that this is a very high variance and volatile Megaways slot.
Wild Hammer Megaways – Base Gameplay
In Wild Hammer Megaways, you have an almost vanilla “mechanics-wise” Megaways slot machine with the regular up to 117,649 ways to win.
The usual cascading wins for winning combinations and wild symbols are only added to the reels via the Wild Hammer Match feature, which activates on the upper horizontal reel set above the main reels.
There is a Bonus Buy feature in countries where it is still allowed, which costs a premium of 75 x the current bet to activate.
4 different free spins options are on offer with varying numbers of starting spins and starting multipliers along with a Mystery Choice option that acts as a gamble where you could get an even more potent starting bonus round i,e the combination of the Maximum number of starting free spins and the Highest starting Multiplier.
More on this later, as we gave this bonus gamble feature a good playtesting to see how it worked and the results from all 4 available options!
Game Features Summary
Megaways – 6 Reels 117,649 ways
4 Scatters in the base game triggers the Free Spins Bonus Round
4 Free Spins option to choose from
Wild Hammer Match feature adds Wild symbols
No full re-triggers but Extra Spins can be gained during the bonus round
Gameplay and Special Features
Wild Hammer Megaways – Desktop Gameplay
Wild Hammer Megaways – Mobile Gameplay
Wild Hammer Megaways Slot - Technical Summary
Re-Trigger Bonus Round
Wild Hammer Match
Multiple Free Spins Options
RTP (Return To Player)
Standard Play: 95.78%
Wild Hammer Bet: 96.71%
Free Spins and Bonus Features
Free Spins feature
Landing 4 of the Bonus symbols anywhere on the reels will trigger Free Spins. There are no additional scatters here. 4 is the maximum and requirement for triggering the main bonus feature.
At the start of the Free Spins, an options screen will be presented. You get to choose between:
10 Free Spins with x1 starting multiplier
8 Free Spins with x3 starting multiplier
5 Free Spins with x5 starting multiplier
Mystery Choice can award either 5, 8 or 10 Free Spins with an x1, x3 or x5 Multiplier.
Being awarded the best Mystery Choice bonus round results in 10 Free Spins with a 5x Multiplier!
Any Bonus symbol landing on the main reels will add an extra Free Spin +1 during the bonus round.
Wild Hammer Bet (Bonus Buy Option)
The Wild Hammer Bet costs 75 x Total Bet ( 1,500 coins) and acts as a Bonus Buy feature.
A Wild Hammer Bet spin is guaranteed to trigger the Wild Hammer Free Spins.
The Bonus Buy option is not available for players in the UK due to regulations of the Gambling Commission. For players where it is still an allowed feature, it will cost 75 x your current stake total to immediately trigger the free spins feature.
An unlimited win multiplier is active during Free Spins. With every cascading win during Free Spins, the multiplier will increase by 1x each time, and this value is persistent during the bonus round.
On this slot, in particular, the cascading wins did seem very streaky (more than average), in that once a chain of wins lines up, this can lead to many subsequent wins after that on the same spin, causing the win multiplier to rise in value quickly as a result.
The downside of this streakiness is that you can expect a few completely dead spins as the trade-off.
Wild Match feature
This wild match feature triggers when two or more matching symbols have landed on the upper reel line.
The lightning bolts hitting the reels turn all these identical symbols and any instances of the same symbol type directly under them into wild symbols.
If any symbols that have been converted into wild symbols do not form part of any winning combination (generally on the reels to the right-hand side), then they will remain on the reels until all cascading wins have been completed.
Wild Hammer Match Feature
The paytable displayed below shows the premium win symbol payouts based on a €4 stake size, factor in that no multipliers are being applied to these amounts in the paytable.
You can quickly see how multipliers that reach over 20x can produce huge wins on this slot.
Wild Hammer Megaways – The Bonus Buy Playtest
We playtested the Wild Hammer Megaways slot using the bonus buy feature exclusively to fully test the variety of free spins options available on this machine and to see how effective the Mystery Choice free spins option could be, given that you can win the highest number of starting free spins and highest multiplier combined when selecting this option.
Whilst it standard play the RTP is stated as 95.78% when using the Wild Hammer Bet exclusively then the RTP is listed at 96.71%.
Whilst 20 bonus buys are nowhere near enough bonus rounds to give you a full indication of the slots true potential, it is hopefully a fair reflection of the highs and lows you might encounter in a slot session.
If the aim were to test the validity of the stated RTP, then we would be looking at millions of bonus rounds to test it fully!
5 bonuses were played at each of the 4 different free spins options.
20 Bonus Buys Playtest Results
Stake size was €4 making the Bonus Buy cost €300 (75x Stake)
Notable points from the playtest were that the range and perceived volatility of the free spins options had little effect on the final wins from our bonus round test.
Also, some of the results from this bonus round were BRUTAL with several under 10x stake. It was really only the one huge win that saved the day in this playtest!
Whilst this is a tiny sample size, the winning potential on this machine is related way more to things such as scoring multiple cascading wins in a row and landing several extra spins as opposed to the starting multiplier.
The Wild Hammer Match feature was the key to the huge win I managed on 1 of the bonus rounds.
The biggest win we had actually came from a 10 free spins bonus round with a 1x starting multiplier, thanks to a chain of 10 cascading wins quickly raising the multiplier value followed by a great Hammer Match feature!
In fact, the one Mystery Choice bonus where we managed to get the equivalent of Max/Max in terms of free spins and the starting 5x multiplier resulted in one of the poorest bonus round wins.
However, the range of free spins options isn’t that vast in terms of potential starting differences to make opting for the Mystery Choice too much of a risk.
Obviously, if you do land a 5 free spins bonus with a 1x multiplier, you arent going to be very pleased, though!
The maximum win for the Wild Hammer Megaways Slot is stated as 50,000 x Stake. It should also be noted that the maximum total win in a single game is capped at 1,000,000 coins.
Any wins shown and played in the background after applying the win cap on a single game will not be awarded.
Wild Hammer Megaways Slot
Final Opinions on Wild Hammer Megaways
The Wild Hammer Megaways slot is a visually superb slot release from iSoftBet. They continue to impress us with some of the most graphically impressive slots released in terms of design. If you are a fan of Vikings, Norse mythology or just big hammers, they have you covered!
Gameplay-wise there isn’t much new added here. The Wild Hammer Match is a feature that has been used before on Megaways slots, it has been implemented effectively, but if you are seeking something completely new mechanics-wise, you won’t find it on this slot.
If you are looking for a very volatile Megaways slot, though, then you will definitely find it here. With the option to gamble the bonus round thanks to Mystery Choice and a max win cap of 50,000x, high variance/ high volatility is definitely on the agenda here.
Be prepared for some savage and brutal bonus features, though!
Overall it’s well worth a play if you enjoy Megaways slots. Just know that you are taking on a big-hitting monster of a slot, though!
Looking for more Viking themed slots? Then be sure to check out the Volatile Vikings slot from Relax Gaming too!