Viking Vanguard Slots
Dark, dramatic and intense would sum up this 6-reel video slot from Williams Interactive. This game is beautifully drawn, with reels over a craggy mountain scene with a castle. With music similar to a movie score, this game has more than just great graphics to keep you entertained. There are stacked wilds in regular play, a random wild reel each spin and a free spins bonus game which includes even more wild reels. This has the feel of a successful live casino slot which has been transferred online.
The first thing you will notice when loading this game up is the orange dragon’s eye looking out from a green, scaled socket. You will see this on at least one reel per spin, as this is the wild reel sign. Other symbols are very detailed and include Vikings, a crow, a wolf and various Nordic looking symbols made out of sticks. Small touches like the glowing spin button complete the exceptional design. Alongside the dramatic music score, you will find the howling of wolves and occasional roaring of a dragon as the full reel animation kicks in. Symbols pop out of the reels with a 3D effect when they are involved in wins.
Playing Viking Vanguard
Adding in the 6th reel increases the number of possible win lines – this game has 60. These are not changeable by the player, who must simply decide on the credits to bet. This is calculated as 1 coin for every other line, making the smallest spin 30c. It is possible to spin for $3 per line, or a total of $90.
Wilds, particularly stacked ones, mean you’ll be hitting a lot more wins than you would expect to in many internet slots. This is reflected in the pay table, where you will find the wins smaller than those in many other slots. Remember that when you hit 10 or even 15 wins at once (as will often happen, especially in the bonus round) these wins will very quickly add up.
The Viking that appears to be handing his sword to you has the single biggest prize, at 5x your spin amount for 6. There is a female Viking, wolf and crow next in the pay-outs – before you get to the jewellery and rune symbols.
Scatter symbols (the red / orange symbol with the tree) will pay out regardless of where it lands on the reels. This will pay 15x your total bet for 5, 10x for 4 and will award 8, 20 or 100 free spins with 3, 4 or 5 respectively.
Bonus Game in Viking Vanguard
Wild reels from the spin that triggers the bonus game are important. This will remain wild for the duration of the free spins feature. In addition, up to 5 other reels at random will be made completely wild. This results in a lot of wins, especially those times that the wild reels are towards the left hand side of the reels. You can retrigger this bonus game, though only for 8 more spins at a time, by hitting 3+ of the scatter symbols while the bonus is running.
Other than the wild reels, there are no different symbols or behaviours during this bonus.
Summary of Viking Vanguard
Very few slots deserve the label ‘excellent’ when it comes to the graphics, animations and production. In my opinion Viking Vanguard is one of the casino games that does. Having a 6th reel certainly adds an extra dimension to the play (and WMS have been smart enough to make the credits 1 per 2 lines to balance out the additional costs). Having a wild reel means wins on many spins, and the 3+ wild reels in the bonus rounds make this a potentially very profitable game. I love the dramatic music and detail in the symbols, and recommend that you take this slot for a spin soon.