The Best of the Quest
Viking Quest isn’t the only game Big Time Gaming have released in this vein – there’s also Temple Quest, which is basically the same game but with an ancient Inca temple theme instead. There are 40 paylines in Viking Quest and a coin stake that can be set between 0.40 and 400.00. Autoplay is available, with a maximum of 25 spins, though a lower threshold can be set if desired. If it weren’t for the name of the game above the reels, you’d probably never have guessed that this was a Viking-themed game. Sure, there are hammer, helmet and shield symbols, but that’s about as far as it goes.
The backdrop for the game, for instance, is a sun-blessed vale complete with pink blossom and a sense of serenity. There are no snow-lashed fjords or burning villages to be seen. It’s all very pleasant and also very un-Viking. Rather than rely on playing card symbols, Big Time Gaming have made an effort with this slot, creating proprietary symbols that are bright, cheerful and memorable. Once again though, the Viking connection – especially in the case of the green-haired troll and perma-grinning jester – seems tenuous. Five jesters are worth 500, while the wild symbol is worth 1,000 for five.
Pillage the Village
The main highlight of Viking Quest, one that’s impossible to miss, is its mega symbols. These can grow to as huge as 4×4, dominating the reels and squeezing out other symbols. If this happens to you, don’t complain though: it’s a sure sign that a big win is incoming, or at least as sure as anything can be when you’re playing a slot that’s dictated by chance. Not all of the mega symbols will be that large by the way – you’ll also see smaller versions measuring 3×3 or 2×2.
Scatter is played by a leaping salmon, yet another symbol that you wouldn’t automatically associate with Vikings. It will trigger the Gone Fishing feature, where the name of the game is to dip your rod into the water and see what sort of a prize you can scoop. If the scatter symbol appeared as a 2×2 icon, you’ll be given four picks, whereas a 3×3 scatter will give you nine picks and a 4×4 will grant the full 16. The other major feature in Viking Quest is called Chests of Fortune, activated by the chest scatter symbol. It’s possible to win between 2x and 500x your total stake, which will again be dependent on the size of the mega scatter that activated the feature.
Liking the Vikings?
Viking Quest is a medium volatility slot that’s very similar to Temple Quest, also by Big Time Gaming. There are a few other slots you could play though if you like what you see here including Faeries Fortune by Big Time Gaming and Microgaming’s Bridesmaids. If it’s the theme you’re enamoured with conversely then there are countless Viking games out there: take your pick.
A Quest that’s Best
Historical inaccuracies aside, Viking Quest is another fine effort from Big Time Gaming. They’re certainly not the first developer to experiment with mega-sized symbols, but it’s a feature they’ve implemented well into their slots. Slots are meant to be fun first and foremost, and Viking Quest certainly meets that criteria.
It looks great, and is blessed with some fine animations and colourful characters. Throw in a range of cleverly implemented bonus features, and there are a lot of reasons to give this slot a spin.