Vikings Go Berzerk Reloaded Review

From Yggdrasil Gaming

Vikings Go Berzerk Reloaded by Yggdrasil is a 25 payline sequel to the popular madcap Nordic adventure, Vikings Go Berzerk, originally released in 2016. Reloaded and cranked up to the max, this slot offers a more aggressive paytable with a top prize of 25,000x and higher variance. Rage meters are no longer there but sticky wilds, free spins, gamble game, multipliers and the belicose Bezerker modes are all present and correct. Ready for some high-risk fighting fun?!

OUR RATING:

Score
9.0

Name:  Vikings Go Berzerk Reloaded

Developer:  Yggdrasil Gaming

Paylines:  25

Reels:  5

Rows:  4

RTP:  96%

Variance:  High

Top Payout:  25,000x

Jackpot:  25,000x

Release Date:  September 2021

Features:  Free Spins, Sticky Wilds, Multipilers,

About This Slot

Sweden’s Yggdrasil have hit a rich vein of success with their Vikings series of slots stretching back over the last 5 years of more. The striking graphics, vicious warrior protagonists and those epic Hollywood (well, nearly) intros have made this one of the more memorable franchises currently available at slot sites in the UK.

So, it’s no surprise that this innovative slot provider are looking to milk it one more time in a Reloaded version of the ‘Go Bezerk’ slot. The result is a dramatic slot with strong imagery and features that will remind you of the original game, though instead of a warship, the screen depicts an icy cave with reels flanked by Viking stone sculptures, whilst a sword and shield are propped up next to the gaming screen.

There are 5 reels and 4 rows of symbols, along with 25 fixed paylines just like in the original slot. However, there are some important changes that alter the experience quite significantly. This time there are none of the Rage Meters that helped trigger free spins, the volatility has been boosted to give riskier gameplay, while the maximum payout is also ramped up a long way. In short, the whole thing is bigger and bolder, balancing enough of the original and enough changes to make it work a spin. Let’s dig in to find out more.

RTP, Variance and Top Payout

Starting with the maths and the RTP of … Reloaded is 96%, a touch down on the original (96.1%) and at the lower end of the scale for most online slots these days, but still good enough for us. The volatility level has been increased and it now stands at medium to high level, meaning this will be a riskier play than Vikings Go Berzerk with bigger potential rewards, but a more uneven distribution of wins.

The 25p minimum bet is the same as before, while the max payout of 25,000x stake is a massive improvement on the 4,000x stake of the earlier game. This perhaps reflects the way slots are going these days with ever more riskier maths models and higher top payouts. Having said that, it’s nowhere near the level of some of No Limit, Relax or BTG’s bigger offerings. You’ll be looking for golden chests again during Free Spins to unlock the biggest payouts. Finally, hit frequency – that is the number of times you can expect a winning spin – is set at 24%, so roughly 1 in 4 spins will result in a win.

Symbols and Graphics

Artwork and animation has been a strength of the Vikings series of games and the visuals are once again striking in this updated game. The icy, cavernous backdrop is atmospheric whilst on the reels the icons themselves are beautifully drawn. The symbols include 4 coins, which award the lower payouts, and 4 Norse warriors who pay the higher rewards. The Vikings can award from 6x to 10x your bet when you land 5 of a kind on the reels.

The fiery Wild symbols can substitute for the other symbols in the game to create more potential winning combinations. These Wilds can also carry Multipliers of 2x, 4x or 8x to enhance their value further, another welcome addition to the gameplay.

The scattered treasure chest symbols can trigger the Free Spins bonus round and help to award other features during Free Spins.

What We Like

  Strong remake of the Nordic original
  20,000x stake top payout
  Multiplier Wilds
  Free Spins with Sticky Wilds
  Ragnarok Spins and Berzerk Mode

What We Don't Like

  Relatively high minimum bet

Gameplay and Features

The one major change from Vikings Go Bezerk is that Yggdrasil have removed the Rage Meter features that triggered free spins and sent your favourite fighters into Bezerker mode where they defeated their Siren nemesis to create sticky wilds. Now, the Bezerker mode is dependent on the number of scatters that triggered the spin instead. It’s simple, but perhaps less engaging for the player. Here is how it all works:

Free Spins

Landing 3 or more scattered treasure chests will trigger the Free Spins round with 7 Free Spins for 3 Scatters, 8 Free Spins + 1 Berzerk Viking for 4 Scatters, or 9 Free Spins + 2 Berzerk Vikings for 5 Scatters. During this round, the Vikings battle against the Siren and if they win, they become Sticky Wilds. Another exciting aspect of this round is that the Wilds can also award 2x, 4x or 8x Multipliers.

NOTE: as in the first game, if a Viking is in Bezerk mode it ALWAYS wins the battle.

Free Spins can also be gambled by choosing from 2 bags. Pick the correct bag to move along a trail which awards up to 4 Berzerk Vikings. During the Free Spins round, the treasure chest Scatters can award more rewards, such as 1 to 3 extra Free Spins, 1 to 2 Sticky Wilds or another Free Spin with a Berzerk Viking.

Ragnarok Spins 

Ragnarok Spins can activate at any moment during the base game or the bonus game, which means all the Vikings turn Berzerk. This transforms the Viking symbols into Wilds for one spin to boost your winning chances.

Our Verdict

Vikings Go Berzerk Reloaded is a slot very much of its time. It shows how slot gaming has changed since the original was released. Now the focus is on higher variance and enhancements only triggered in the free spins round where more intense periods of gameplay can set up much bigger payouts. In adjusting the maths model in this way Yggdrasil have opted to sacrifice some of the fun of the base game, including Rage Meters, and instead load up the bonus round with all the treats. As a result we found that spinning the reels here can initally be a little frustrating and less compelling as an experience than the original. So be prepared for this.

But that all changes if you land 3 or more of those scatters …

Once you have unlocked those free spins of course it will be possible to push towards payouts of 10,000x or more (even 20,000x for the every lucky) by unleashing a good combo of sticky wilds and multipliers. The Ragnarok Free Spins can also be key here as they help to trigger more Wilds throughout the game and they are vital tool in your arsenal when chasing down the bigger payouts. Whilst in terms of maths, the new medium to high volatility here adds extra bite to the gameplay, while keeping the same 25p minimum bet, which makes this even less pocket-friendly than before. However, the massive jackpot boost to 25,000x stake is highly welcome and offsets this volatility increase.

So now you can take your pick from the Vikings slots franchise that delivers an even greater variety of game styles and opportunities in 2021. Each release has added an extra layer of edginess to what was already a pretty fearsome theme, but this will go down as the most intimidating yet.

So if you fancy swapping the Viking longship for an icy cave and embracing even riskier spins, check out this new Norse adventure at your chosen online casino.