Book of Vikings from Pragmatic Play is a Book Style game that ditches the conventional concept of Ancient Egypt in favour of legendary and dangerous voyages in a Norse setting.
Despite the Scandinavian theme, we’re pretty sure we know that to expect from this slot just by name alone.
Can the Viking theme and Pragmatic Play’s expertise make Book of Vikings stand out from the crowd?
In this slot review, we’ll be braiding our beards and practising our battle cries as we head out to sea to see if Book of Vikings is as fierce as the legendary warriors themselves.
Book of Vikings Slot gives no illusions of the hardships faced by Vikings eons ago through a depiction of Viking Long ships braving a violent storm.
In the background you’ll see lightning that rips through the sky to add to the dramatic aesthetic, and the sea is anything but calm.
Book of Vikings isn’t over-engineered in the graphical department. In hindsight the design is quite minimal, but its a nice change of pace from the classic Ancient Egypt theme that you usually get with this kind of game.
The betting options in Book of Vikings covers the wide variety of options that you’d expect from a Pragmatic Play title.
The lowest option in this slot is £/€0.10 per spin, and the highest option is £/€100 per spin. In between the two there are plenty of different available options, and the incremental increases between stakes are good as is the case with other Pragmatic Slots.
As for the symbols in the game, the highest paying symbol is the male Viking Leader, followed by the Female Viking Warrior. Other high paying symbols include the Viking Helmet and the War Horn.
Low paying symbols in Book of Vikings are comprised of A, K, Q, J & 10, and the Book symbol acts both a Scatter and a Wild.
The gameplay for Book of Vikings will be very recognisable to die hard fans of the Book style slot.
In Book of Vikings, there are 10 pay lines in total. In order to form a win, you’ll need to match at least 2 high paying symbols, or 3 low paying symbols across any of the 10 lines in order to form a win.
One of the great appeals to these types of games is how incredible the pay values can be for a line of the higher paying symbols. Book of Vikings is no exception to this rule, so you can expect massive pay outs if you’re lucky enough to connect the premium symbols across the reels.
As with every other Book Slot, most of the excitement and the potential lies within the Free Spins round.
At least 3 Book Scatter Symbols are needed to trigger the Free Spins in Book of Vikings, and 10 Spins are awarded.
Before the round starts, you’ll be awarded a Scatter win depending on how many Book Scatters landed. The award for 3, 4 or 5 Scatters is 2x, 20x or 200x respectively.
A 200x win to start you off would definitely alleviate any potential nervousness going in to the bonus round, but if you didn’t land the 5 Scatter dream then fear not, because Book of Vikings has formidable potential.
Before the round starts, the book will open and a random symbol will be selected to act as a special expanding symbol for the duration of the Free Spins. If you get a high paying symbol, then you need 2 anywhere on the reel to trigger an expansion, and if you get a low paying symbol then you need 3.
The conventional pay lines are ignored during the bonus feature, so you need not land the special symbol on consecutive reels to benefit from the expansion.
The Free Spins may also be re-triggered by landing 3 more book symbols anywhere in view during the bonus round, but the book will not give another symbol.
It seems to be a common theme that Book games with 10 Free Spins means that you keep the symbol that was randomly chosen, even if you re-trigger.
When 8 spins are awarded, slots usually offset the deficit in spins with the potential to open up another symbol when you re-trigger. We think this is better, as it adds a lot more anticipation. There’s nothing worse than being stuck with a 10 symbol for 10 Spins and beyond with little to no hope of exponential wins without a full screen.
To date, it seems as if Thunderkick’s Sword of Khans had the right idea when they were thinking about how to captivate the player with only 2 swords needed for a re-trigger, a random number of extra spins and another symbol.
One thing that is a little bit different considering the genre is the Bonus Buy functionality within Book of Vikings.
Those outside of the UK will be able to buy their way in to the bonus round at a cost of 100x your stake.
Book of Vikings is a very enjoyable experience, and the theme does well to add a layer of impression to it that is lost on all of the games that follow the same theme.
Overall though, there isn’t really that much that makes Book of Vikings as viable as any other Book style game. It follows in the footsteps of Book of Dead and many other games before and after that, with no real innovation to add to the appeal of the slot. At least Book of Vikings has a Bonus Buy option, but that won’t be available to UK players.
As mentioned, Sword of Khans seemed to do something a little more interesting with the genre, and NoLimit City went even further with the release of Book of Shadows with features like lockable reels and selectable reel height.
Looking towards the statistics of this slot, it looks as if Pragmatic Play have stepped just outside their 5,000x max win comfort zone with a slot capable of reaching wins of up to 5,500x instead. The RTP also looks very good at 96.50%.
Overall, if you’re looking for a cut and dry classic Book Style game with a slightly unusual theme, then Book of Vikings Slot might be for you. If you’re on the other side of the fence and you’re dying for a little bit of innovation within the genre then you’d be much better off opting for something like Book of Shadows instead.
Book of Vikings is an enjoyable prospect for die hard fans of the Book style games, but it’s not overly innovative.