The brute vikings were as hard as they come and considering the rough living conditions in Scandinavia, I don’t think they had much of a choice. Darkness and freezing temperatures most of the year will forge anyone into a proper beast or it’s sayonara, plain and simple. The survival of the fittest comes into play and even though it’s hard to agree with their methods, who can blame them for wanting to explore other parts of the world?
Pragmatic Play’s latest release might be able to wake up any lingering molecules of viking blood you may have. After all, they are known for “collecting” some of the world’s ancient treasures. Whether or not it can take you all the way to Valhalla and a seat at the table as an immortal remains to be seen.
Sharpen your swords and axes, kiss the family goodbye and let’s set sail towards the promised land and big wins!
A Volcanic Landscape Sets the Tone
Sharp details and appealing colors make Viking Forge visually pleasing. Accompanied by authentic viking tunes, it does pull you out of your funk and into a life in the North. With that said, considering the battle seems to be fought by a volcano, I’m guessing we’ve made it to Island.
Good bet limits and high volatility always make things better as well. Great first impression, Pragmatic Play!
Release Date: 2023-10-30
Bet Limits: €0.20 – €100
Paylines: Cluster Pays
Features: Free Spins, Coin Collection, Ante Bet, Buy Free Spins
Make the Most Out of the Tumble Feature
Viking Forge uses the Tumble feature, meaning that every symbol involved in a win will disappear. New symbols will fill the positions and give you another chance at increasing your win even more. As long as new wins are created, the Tumble feature will continue.
Collect Coins for Win Multipliers
Gold coins are always good to have and in this case they can give you multipliers of up to 20x your bet. If the coin is a part of a win, it will shoot up to the top and give you a boost by increasing your multiplier.
Switch on the Ante Bet and Get to the Bonus Round
One of my favorite features is the Ante Bet and whenever I get a chance to play a slot with it, I always make sure to flip the switch and activate it. You will find it on your left hand side and it will double your chances of triggering Free Spins.
Keep in mind that by activating the Ante Bet, your bet will increase by 25%.
Buy Free Spins Means Taking a Short Cut
I’ll say it again, having the option of paying for Free Spins should exist on every slot. In Viking Forge, it will cost you 100x your bet. You are guaranteed entrance to the bonus round and depending on how many scatters you land, you will receive 10, 20 or 30 Free Spins.
Free Spins the Old Classic Way
If you don’t want to spend the extra money to pay for the Free Spins, there’s always the classic way – land at least 4 scatters. I thought it would be enough with the traditional 3 but man was I wrong. It’s interesting to see how disappointing it is to score 3 scatters only to realize you need 4.
You can see in the image above that I managed to land 4 of them. However, I did go for the Buy Free Spins option since I wasn’t able to find 4 on my own. Don’t tell anyone though.
Thor Brings the Lightning Storm
As soon as you’ve triggered the bonus round, Thor works his magic and a lighting show begins on the screen. I’m not sure if he’s angry at players making it but it does seem a bit more violent than necessary, although it is a pretty cool looking effect.
More Coins and More Multipliers Await
While in the bonus round, keep collecting gold coins to build your overall multiplier. The values will accumulate all the way to the end and hopefully give you a nice payout. You will be happy to know that by hitting 3 or more scatters, you can retrigger your Free Spins and get an additional 5.
Other than the glowing backdrop, the bonus round doesn’t play much different than the base game.
Viking Forge – Pass or Play?
Pragmatic Play is one of my all time favorite providers and the majority of their games are very good and the graphics are always crisp. We’ve seen a ton of viking inspired slots over the years and while some are really good, there are a lot that I wish were never released. Viking Forge belongs in the first category thankfully and I do recommend taking it for a spin.
Is it perfect? Not at all. How are the features? They are all good but I would even welcome another one that could add even more excitement to each spin. Wow, that sounded really greedy. Having both the Ante Bet and Buy Free Spins available to you makes a world of difference.
So, if you’re looking for a new viking family to join or just something different, Viking Forge could be worth a look.
Pass or Play? Play!
Where to Play Viking Forge
Let me hear you roar in victory!