Yoiks! NetEnt are the latest slot designers to send their players off to Valhalla and the world of Norse mythology. Here you’ll find some of the great symbols of the old Scandinavian cultures – Odin’s ravens, Midgard Serpent, and Thor’s Hammer in a progressive jackpot game that has delivered a top prize of £7,822,217!
This game, which has been around since 2013, is not unpopular, and you’ll see it in several casino lobbies in the UK. NetEnt are a big and trusted designer with some of the biggest titles in the business under their belts, including the world-conquering Starburst and the super Conquistador adventure, Gonzo’s Quest, that are both big winners in very different styles.
But should you swap the Central American jungles – and their genocidal invaders (let’s be real about this stuff) – for the world of dead Vikings?
Let’s have a look in this Hall of Gods slot review and don’t forget to also try the Hall of Gods free play demo!
The first figures here are very standard, as Hall of Gods slot is a five-by-three grid in the classic style that gives a playing surface for our Viking warriors and gods to roam across 15 symbols.
Across these symbols run 20 pay-lines. These are marked along the side of the reels, and you will see them light up as you win prizes.
The pay-lines deliver a single top prize from the standard game of 4,000-times stake but make sure you check coin values and top pay-outs at the site you’re using. The betting runs from 0.01 coins to 0.50 coins.
That pay-out is dwarfed by potential wins from the progressive jackpot though. That prize, which comes in three stages, could be millions of pounds, but that will depend on when and where you play the game.
The return to player is 95.5%. This is quite low – by a very small amount, most games are now over 96% – but the way progressives work mean that a small amount of each stake goes towards making up the big prize, which always slightly reduces the RTP in the main game.
As a five-by-three game, this Hall of Gods slot is a relatively standard game to play.
It has a bonus game for the jackpots, and a free spins game too. Wilds expand.
The reels are squared off and not divided horizontally, though the layout is standard, with the pay-lines listed down the sides of the reels.
The top of the screen lists the three jackpots: mini-, midi-, and mega-jackpots.
At the bottom of the screens, underneath an info bar that shows wins and game advice, are the controls.
At the left is the “i” button to open the pay-table and instructions. Then the bet level selector, a five-level scale that selects the pay-lines. Then an auto-play function allows you to set a number of spins on a non-linear scale. Click on advanced settings to set limits on losses, wins, and other stops.
The centre of the row is the green spin button.
To the right of this is the max bet button, which will get you straight to the riskiest play. To the right of that is the coin size control.
In the game frame at the bottom you’ll find details of your cash situation and in the bottom left corner the setting controls, sound, an auto spin control, and the help button.
The pay-table is stacked with ancient Norse symbols.
A chest full of apples (new to us, too!) pays out 3, 10, and 25-times stake for sets of three, four, and five respectively. Next up is an axe, paying four, 15, and 50-times stake. An amulet necklace pays five, 20, and 75-times stake. The hammer pays six, 25, and 100-times stake. The ring pays eight, 30, and 120-times stake.
Then we have the gods. Idun pays 10, 50 and 150-times stake. Loki pays (starting at two symbols) five, 20, 70, and 1,000-times stake. Freya pays five, 30, 100, and 1,500-times stake. Thor pays seven, 40, 120, and 2,000-times stake. Odin pays 10, 50, 150, and 4,000-times stake.
Then we have the bonus symbols. The wild – a sea serpent – expands in the central three reels to cover the whole reels. The scatter is the crow, which triggers the free spins round. The bonus symbol is Thor’s golden hammer, and three of these open up the jackpot game that could trigger a massive progressive win.
There are two main bonuses on Hall of Gods slot, to go with the expanding wilds in the base game. The scatters trigger free spins. Three of them trigger 10 spins, four mean 15 free spins, and five scatters are worth 20 free spins. During the free spins round, there is a three-times multiplier on winnings. You can retrigger free spins with the scatter, and we couldn’t see a limit on this.
The Hammer jackpot bonus opens up a new game in which players use the hammer to smash shields. Behind the shields are cash amounts and bonus symbols – match up three of them and you win that prize.
Hall of Gods slot looks fantastic. The symbols are nicely designed and the Norse theme feels genuine and deep – even down to using some quite obscure mythology in there, well done, NetEnt! The music and sound effects were quite loud and intrusive to our ears – but we almost never like slot machine music, so take that with a pinch of salt.
The bonus games are good and deliver not just the potential for big wins but also some actually entertaining gameplay too.
The RTP is low-ish, but that’s a trade-in for the massive progressive jackpots and something that players will have to bear in mind as they make their pick. We think there’s more than enough in entertainment value to make this game worth checking out at your favourite casino site now.