Game of the Week – Viking Smash
Viking Smash is the latest 5-Reel, 243 ways to win pokie from Stakelogic. The game features a Viking theme with multiple bonus features and fantastic prizes. Let’s take a look at this fun new game.
Viking Smash Takes You On an Epic Adventure
Viking Smash is the latest Both Ways Pays pokie from Stakelogic. The theme is a Viking one with you traveling the world for adventure and treasure. The pay symbols for this game are simple with royals, and various Viking weapons. A Viking hammer is the highest paying main symbol.
There are two different Viking wilds in this game and they substitute for all symbols. If you manage to get 5 on a payline, you will get 40x your bet. However, the primary feature of the wilds is to trigger the bonus features. Let’s take a look at them.
During any spin, a Wild symbol can appear on Reel 1 or 5. When this happens, you’ll trigger the Walking Wilds respin feature. The Viking will walk one space and you’ll get a respin. This will continue until they walk off the board. You’ll get 5 spins in total. Of course, Vikings can appear during the respins, which means the respins will continue until they walk off the board.
This feature triggers much more frequently than you’d think. Sometimes the win is average while other times it can be substantial.
If two Wilds are facing each other on the same line, they will eventually collide together to trigger the Free Spins feature. If only one pair of Wild symbols are on the board, you will get 10 free spins. You’ll also get an additional 4 spins for every additional pair of wilds on the board.
During the free spins, wilds can land anywhere on the board and begin walking. You’ll get free respins while they walk. If you happen to get two wilds to collide, you’ll get an additional 4 free spins.
I was able to trigger this feature and won about 29x my initial bet. Not too shabby.
This game offers the Super Stake feature. By clicking the Super Stake button, your bet will be automatically doubled and you will qualify for the game’s special feature. For this game, the special feature is Random Wilds.
On any losing spin, you have the chance for 2 to 6 wilds to appear on Reels 1 and 5. This can give you the chance for some insane combinations, walking wilds, and even a free games feature. However, this feature triggers about once in every 56.40 spins. Personally, I was never able to get it to trigger once.
The doubled bet does not give you any additional payouts on the base game. So if you double a .25 wager, payouts are based on the .25 base bet, not the Super Stake. Also, it seems to eliminate the other potential wilds as I never got a single wild while using the Super Stake. Frankly, the Super Stake isn’t worth playing. Stick to the base game.
Viking Smash Lower Variance Unless You Play Super Stake
Viking Smash has an RTP of 95.6%, which is a bit average, but that is likely because of the Super Stake feature. In my testing, the base game seems a bit lower variance. The Super Stake feature is where I lost most of my money in this game.
The Walking Wilds feature triggers frequently enough to help you keep your stack even until you get to the Free Spins game. That’s where you will make most of your money. Overall, if you stick to the base game, you’ll have a good chance of walking away from this game a winner or at least breaking even.
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