Snowborn Games invites players to join the Viking gods in Masters of Valhalla™ (24 March), promising mesmerising gameplay and volatile action. Thor, Odin, Hel and Freya lend their skills to players looking to reach true master status, expanding, multiplying, collecting and adding multipliers in an epic free spins feature. Back in the base game, players can look out for Wild God Respins, where each god takes the stage for an ultimate respin offering win potential fit for the gods!
Set in a snowy mountainous region, Masters of Valhalla possess decent graphics without being overly amazing. It’s nice to see a host of characters pop up at various points, but Masters of Valhalla isn’t quite one of those Norse games which demands your attention. There are others out there with thicker atmospheres to really immerse yourself in Nordic culture. However, the game’s visuals are good enough to get on with the job. Sounds suffer a similar fate, being adequate without being exceptional.
Played on a 5-reel game panel, each reel holding four symbols and producing up to 1,024 ways to win, the RTP is variable, so that’s something to be on the lookout for and ranges from 96% at best, dropping to 94% or less depending on configuration. On the 96% version, volatility has been rated as high, while on the other versions, it has actually been labelled as ‘Very High‘. On all settings, players can set bets of 10 p/c to £/€25 and get a hit rate of 30.12-30.29%.
Wins occur in Masters of Valhalla when matching symbols land in adjacent reels, starting from the left side of the panel. Low pays are made up of 4 runic symbols, paying 1.1-1.2x the bet for a five-symbol winning way. Next are four premium symbols where we come across Hel, Thor, Freya, and Odin, who pay out rewards of 2 to 3 times your stake for a five of a kind hit. Wild symbols land on all reels to substitute any of the pay symbols. Combinations of wilds also pay, up to 15 times the stake for five of a kind.
Wild God Respins
Wilds land in four different colours, matching the four high pay God symbols. When they hit, they are collected, and it is possible to trigger the respective Wild God Respin bonus. When triggered, one respin is awarded, and during it, 1-19 additional wild symbols are added to the reels, plus all God symbols are replaced with the one God symbol matching the triggering wild.
When exactly 2 bonus symbols land on reels 1 and 3, they are collected on the Berserk Booster meter. When filled, the Berserk Booster is applied the next time the Valhalla Bonus round is activated.
Landing bonus symbols on reels 1, 3 and 5 triggers this feature. The grid is cleared and starts with 3 random wooden shields or 3 golden shields in view. If the Berserk Booster is active, 4 spins are awarded, if not, then 3 spins are awarded. Throughout the feature, any new symbol in view resets the number of spins back to their starting value. Symbols used in the bonus are:
- Wooden shields – possess a value of 1-9x the bet.
- Golden shields – possess a value of 10-50x the bet.
- Thor – has a value of 1-9x and expands the reels one row down. Up to two rows can be added.
- Freya – lands with a multiplier value which is applied to all symbols landing on that spin and any following spin.
- Hugin & Munin – land with a multiplier value which is added to all other symbols one time.
- Odin – lands with a multiplier value which is added to all other symbols on that spin and any following spin.
- Garmr – lands with a multiplier value and collects the value of all symbols in view once.
- Hel – the same as Garmr but collects values on all following spins as well.
Sometimes, empty cells are lit up by blue lightning bolts. When this happens, there is a greater chance of landing a special non-shield symbol in them. One more thing, if all of the cells are filled with symbols, an extra 500x the bet is awarded.
Where applicable, Masters of Valhalla gives players the chance to buy two versions of the bonus round. One is the regular Valhalla Bonus for 50x the bet. The other is Valhalla Bonus with the Berserk Booster active for 100x the bet.