Valkyrie Legends Slot Game
Nordic gods including Odin, Thor and Freya feature in this colorful and dramatic live slot machine from Incredible Technologies. On first view of the Valkyrie Legends slot machine is the slight curve of the reels (more narrow in the center than the edges) made me wonder if this was a unique reel configuration. It is in fact a rectangle grid, only with 6 reels by 4 rows. With the ‘all ways’ system in use, this creates a huge 4096 ways to win from left to right.
In addition to the potential for a lot of regular wins, there is a free spins bonus round which has an extra game where you collect symbols to reach some ‘super reels’. Overall the music (Ride of the Valkyries by Wagner) and visual effects make this an entertaining slot.
How to Win on Valkyrie Legends
Your biggest wins will come from 6 of a kind hits, and even those are on the small side when you look at them individually. The best symbol (Odin) is worth 200 coins if you line up 6. What you need to keep in mind is that the 6 by 4 grid of the reels gives you a huge 4096 ways to win. A full grid of Odin’s would be more than welcome here. Instead of win-lines, you only need symbols on consecutive reels from the left to trigger wins – which means they’ll come in very frequently.
Stacked symbols make hitting multiple wins at the same time easier. Stacks are 3 symbols high, and include the best paying Odin, Thor and Loki. There are also wilds on the reels, which combine with any symbol except the bonus (Freya scatters) to create even more wins. There are some black and white horses completing the unique symbols, as well as the regular playing card symbols to make up those smaller wins.
Free Spins Bonus Game with Mystery Stacks
If you hit 3 or more of the Freya symbols anywhere in view, then you trigger the free spins bonus game with 10 free spins to start you off. You’ll get 15 or 20 spins for 4 or 5 of these.
There are two key differences with the Valkyrie Legends slot machine. The first is that you now get ‘mystery stacks’ on the reels. These are symbols which land covered up, and often cover 2 or 3 of the rows on several reels. Once the rest of the reels have stopped spinning the cover cracks and falls away, revealing one of the better symbols. This does add some nice wins – especially when you get consecutive fully stacked reels (or in combination with a wild symbol).
The other difference is that you will collect Ice Giant (or blue ghost, if you prefer) symbols as you go. Each time one hits the reels it will move to the top part of the cabinet, where a number will get incremented. If you collect 5 of these then you get to play the super feature after the regular free spins end. As you keep collecting them, the super feature improves with more stacked Odin symbols.
Before the super feature starts you are offered a choice. You can collect a cash amount, or take 4 spins on a special set of reels that only contain blank spaces and Odin symbols. While the cash offers can be generous compared to your starting stakes, I am sure most people will elect to spin.
Those 4 spins keep the 4096 all-ways system, and with a few stacked Odin’s you can end up hitting 100’s of small wins at the same time – giving this part of the game a lot of potential.
One more note about the regular part of the free spins, you can retrigger at any point – and just 2 more of the Freya bonus symbols will give you an extra 5 free spins.
Design and Setup
Valkyrie Legends is an impressive design, even compared to the high standards set by many of Incredible Technologies (ITS) existing slots. The action is super smooth, from the small pay-line animations through to the ice giant symbols flying up to the top cabinet. What makes the game for me is the stomping and dramatic classical music track which plays while you spin.
You can spin from just 30c, with the top spin amount 300c. This unlocks all 4096 ways to win for a single coin amount.
Nordic legends (in fact, legends and myths) in general is a competitive niche for slot makers. ITS has already shown what they can do with the Medusa: Quest of Perseus slot, and for me Valkyrie legends improves on that game! The super round within the free spins is certainly the highlight. The question is, will you take the money or go for the 4 super-spins?