When you think of networks putting out hit television series, your mind may not go to the History Channel first, but dang it, they've come up with a big one in their Vikings show, which follows the Norse raiders as they go throughout the northern part of the globe 1,200 years ago or so. NetEnt secured the rights to make a game based on the show, and what we're given is the Vikings slot, which is one of the more impressive franchise slots I've come across recently.
Vikings is a 5 reel, 243 ways to win video slot that expands all the way up to 78,125 ways to win in certain circumstances. The slot has a drab look and feel to it to match up with some of the grim weather the Vikings had to encounter, and looks simply fantastic. The game's symbols include the standard icons you'd expect (10, J, Q, K, A), albeit with some blood scattered across them, and there are also icons of each of the show's four main characters (I can't name them!), and each of those can be a stacked symbol as well.
Features in the game are good, with free spins, scatter pays, stacked symbols, a Shield Raid (which appear and grant you the chance to win big), and more. The game's layout and features give it a posted return to player percentage (RTP) of 96.1%, which is average from what we see from other online slots.
Vikings is a stunning looking game, and it's compatible with both desktop and mobile platforms. I ended up loading this onto my iPhone and I found it to be very crisp, even more than my desktop computer. The experience here is one of the best I've seen when it comes to working in a licensed product, and I really enjoyed my time with it. Of note is the wonderful raid spins feature, which sees chunks of the reels being made wild, and you get taller reels as well. This netted me my biggest success, as one round ended up seeing me win more than 10,000 credits on just a 200 credit bet.
If you're looking for a new game to play, then I cannot recommend Vikings highly enough. The game is the complete package, and it is a blast to play.