There's a special rock filled with runes protected by a fearless Viking. The Viking Runes is an online slot game created by TrueLab with a thrilling story. There's no classic matrix here. Players can expect a 9x9 layout with a cluster pays mechanic. The visuals are cartoony and quite interesting – from small colorful icons to a big matrix made of rocks. Additionally, we have an animated Viking next to the matrix and snowflakes all over the screen. The drums make the game more dramatic. The cluster pays system that we've mentioned before means that you can make winning combos with a certain number of matching symbols in a cluster. The Viking Runes also offers free spins, Bonus Buy feature, Lightning Wilds feature, Runic Shuffle, and more. Viking Runes represents an exciting high volatility game with a max win of x25,000. You can play this mobile-friendly release for free at GoodLuckMate whenever you want.
The big set of reels and rows (9 reels and 9 rows) dominate the screen, but you can probably notice the blue button under the matrix. Click on it if you want to play the Viking Runes video slot. You can also choose from 24 different betting levels here. Each level activates a different total bet. The size of this bet is between €0.40 and €400.
You can use the highest bet by clicking on the Max Bet button. The auto button in pink color will let you trigger auto-spins. Players can also find a plus button that unveils a few other options. With its help, you can turn the music off or on, enter the system settings menu or check the paytable. The latter gives players a chance to get familiar with the symbols and payouts and the bonus features present in this game.
As we have mentioned before, players must create clusters with at least six identical symbols on adjacent positions to win a prize in the Viking Runes slot. There are nine regular symbols here. We have the low symbols that pay between 0.2 and 200 times your total bet. They look like runes placed on rocks. The highest wins can be achieved when you land 41 identical symbols in a cluster. The so-called medium symbols include four other runes. This time they appear in bright colors. Two of them (the green and purple runes) provide between 0.6 and 600 times your total bet. The other two, which come in red and yellow colors, can provide between 1 and 1,000 times your bet.
The payout table includes two high symbols. They look like decorative gems in purple and blue colors. The purple gem promises a prize between 1.6 and 1,600 times your total bet. With the help of the blue gems, you can win between 2 and 2,000 times the total bet. You can expect so-called lightning wilds too, but they are not paying symbols.
It's not difficult to understand the cluster pays system. Still, we didn't mention that this system makes the winning symbols leave the matrix. Once you get paid, the clusters will be removed, and new symbols will take their reels' positions. If you have a new winning combo, the same thing happens again. This is probably the first Viking Runes bonus feature you will activate in this game.
The game has four Lightning Wilds too. Each cascade will activate more wilds. Remember that they change their positions with each cascade. The good thing is that there are Viking Runes free spins too. After five consecutive cascades, players will activate free spins. Their number is always six. You can win bigger prizes during free spins because the Lightning Wilds come with progressive win multipliers during this round.
At random, during the base game, the Viking can use his hammer to change all symbols present on the matrix (Runic Shuffle feature). When he does that, you will always get at least one winning cluster on the reels. Additionally, the Viking can use sorcery (Viking Sorcery feature) to add between three and nine wild icons on the matrix, making it easier to create a winning combination. Finally, this warrior can use a special spell (the Spell of Ancestors) to turn all low-paying regular symbols into one low-paying symbol.
The latest version of Viking Runes also includes the attractive Bonus Buy option. The price of activating the feature is equal to 215 bets. When you do so, you will automatically trigger the free spins rather than waiting to activate them by playing.
With a Return to Player percentage of 96.28%, it's fair to say that Viking Runes RTP is high. What's also high is the volatility of this title by TrueLab. With volatility like that, in theory, players should not hit winning combos that often, but these wins' value should be relatively high.
It's fair to mention that the theoretical return to player for the Bonus Buy rounds, according to the provider, is even higher at 96.4%. However, there are also two RTPs listed on the official game page of 94.08% and 92.19%. So, you may want to double-check what RTP applies to you when you decide to enjoy this magical slot.