Get ready to experience the life of a proper Viking and see whether the Rune Stones will grant you the Gift of Gods! Viking Runecraft is the latest pokie coming from Play N’ Go’s creative kitchen, themed after mighty Vikings, Norse seafarers that raided across all Europe.
Visually impressive, the 2017 release features a 7×7 grid with cascading reels and plenty of additional features. The gods have prepared four different kinds of gifts for all fearless spinners, and will follow you as you pass on to advanced levels on your way to the level of the Gods.
Collect Rune Stones and trigger the Runes of Valhalla Bonus wheel, or charge the meter to start one of the Charge of Destruction features, culminating in Ragnarök feature. Thor, Odin, Freya and Heimdall await all punters who are prepared to join this Viking adventure!
Play N’ Go are celebrating their twentieth anniversary this year, being founded back in 1997. This software development company is based in Vaxjo, Sweden, but also has an operational office in Hungary. Their team consists of professionals with years of experience in the iGaming industry.
Play N’ Go’s product house topnotch graphics and excellent soundtrack, and are available across all devices, in more than 30 different languages. More than 100 video pokies are available in their catalogue, out of which the most famous are Riches of Ra, Crazy Cows and Pearls of India.
How To Play It
Forget everything you knew about standard video pokies, since Viking Runecraft is everything except standard. Instead of a usual 5×3 layout, Play N’ Go introduces a 7×7 grid with cascading reels. This means that every time players form a winning combination, the winning symbols will disappear, making room for new symbols to appear on the screen.
Unlike in other pokies, where you have to land three or more symbols starting from left to right, or vice versa, in the 2017 release you need to form a cluster of 5 or more connected symbols anywhere on the screen to win a payout. Betting starts at $0.10, and you cannot bet more than $100 per spin.
When it comes to the symbols populating the reels, there is the Hammer, Helmet, Axe and Necklace, functioning as high-value symbols, while five types of Runes are used as low-paying ones. Four Gods – Thor, Odin, Freya and Heimdall will accompany you on your journey and reward you with four different golden symbols, all functioning as Wilds that substitute for all regular symbols.
Thanks to the cascading reels, punters will get the chance to land plenty of successive wins, since as long as you land winning combinations, new symbols will continue to fall down on the reels. This is followed by the charge of the meter, located on the left side of the screen. When the meter is fully charged, one of the four Charge of Destruction bonus features will be activated. In Fury of Fenrir 4 diagonal lines will be slashed on the screen.
Two lines are removed, while two consist of the same symbol. Judgement of Jörmungand destroys a selection of symbols in an unbroken path from one end of the layout to another. All the symbols on that path will turn into one symbol randomly chosen. As for the Scorching of Surtr, three random symbols are set on fire, destroying a selection of nearby symbols.
The destroyed symbols then turn into new ones. The Lure of Loki feature selects 2 random symbols, one will be removed, as well as all other matching symbols on the grid, while the other symbol and his matches are transformed into another symbol.
If the meter is fully charged after one of the abovementioned features, gamers will trigger the Ragnarök feature, awarding one free round. This feature can also be triggered by double charging the meter. In Ragnarök all four features trigger once, followed by the End of the World Bonus meter, which can reward players with 2x, 3x, 5x and 15x multiplier for 20, 30, 60 or 80 winning symbols.
As you play along, one of four Gods will be there to follow you and randomly reward you with Wild symbols. To summon a certain god, punters need to clear a specified pattern. Once the pattern is cleared, gamers move to the next level, where the next god awaits.
The God of Thunder will randomly reward you with 5-9 Wilds on the reels. God of Wisdom will add 4 Wilds in two pairs, each standing vertically next to each other. God of Beauty forms Wilds in four different clusters, located randomly in the inner 5×5 area. They are 4 in a group and appear until there is a win. God of Guarding creates 7 Wilds on each row.
We aren’t over yet, because there is also the Runes of Valhalla Bonus feature. To trigger it, just collect at least one Rune Stone symbol winning combination and clear the current active pattern. Then you get to spin the Rune wheel, where all the active Runes will be lit. Land the wheel on an active Rune and win the accumulated bonus. You can activate up to five Rune Stone symbols, and the win is guaranteed.
The Hammer is the symbol you will want to see as many times as possible on the screen, since it will reward you with 1,000 times the bet for 15 or more in the winning cluster. Since there are so many additional features, it becomes clear that there are more than enough opportunities for amazing payouts.
For example, in Ragnarök you can score some life-changing wins, due to the possible 15x multiplier. Runes of Valhalla offer generous bonuses, while even the Gods can be quite generous when rewarding you with Wilds.
Lot to play for in the latest Play N’ Go title! The pokie is literally packed with special features, so we bet that action junkies will enjoy. On the other hand, the game might seem a bit complicated in the beginning, but believe us when we tell you that you will be playing like a real Viking after a spin or two!
Don’t angry the Gods if you plan to win big, since you will need all their help to get through the levels and land lucrative payouts.
The additional features are not triggered easily, but are definitely worth the wait. The 2017 release houses exceptional graphics and a matching soundtrack that raises the tension as you play along. Join this fearless crew of Vikings and start earning your wealth to prepare for Valhalla!