TIki Vikings is a semi Norse-themed video slot from Microgaming and Just For The Win, with the Vikings warriors living on a beautiful tropical island. Players can win up to 300x their stake by triggering both Symbol Lock Respins and by filling the Symbol Upgrade Meter.
The game is low variance, which means players are going to see a lot of winning combinations but no enormous payouts. With the fun background music and hilarious Vikings, players should have a great time wagering at Tiki Vikings!
Off to the right-hand side of the screen, there are 7 buttons which control all gameplay for Tiki Vikings:
Thematically, Tiki Vikings is a bit chaotic. When it comes to visual design, the eponymous Vikings are the stand out feature. These artful creations wouldn’t be out of place on the How to Train Your Dragon set, and their variable facial expressions are quite amusing. However, the rest of the game is quite basic: simple symbols, limited animations, and very slowly gameplay.
In fact, the whole user interface is quite clunky. Changing bets is a slow and arduous process (it is done by slowly clicking through a long reel of bets, hidden off the right side of the screen) and even with the “fast spins” activated, the game feels frustratingly slow.
The story of the game is also unusual: Viking warriors having fun on some Pacific tropical island. The soft Hawaiin-esque soundtrack is quite pleasing in the background, however, and gameplay is generally enjoyable.
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The biggest regular payout at Tiki Vikings is 300 coins, or 30x the wager amount. Since the game is quite low variance, players are much more likely to instead win a succession of regular, small payouts rather than anything spectacular.
In fact, even with enhanced respins (see below!) players can win a maximum of 300x stake, or $75,000 if betting the maximum $250 per spin. Combined with the simplified design, this low variance will definitely alienate some higher-rolling players.
Special symbols and bonus features – that’s what we’re all really here for! While not the most spectacular slot, Tiki Vikings does offer some nice extras to players.
When a win is triggered with 3 Vikings (or 3 Tiki Vikings symbols), the symbols are frozen in place and the Symbol Lock Respin feature kicks into gear. Basically these winning symbols stick in place for a respin, during which additional matching symbols can fall into place, increasing the win size! If more symbols do lock on, then another respin is triggered until eventually no new symbols are added to the bunch.
Players should pay attention to the Symbol Upgrade Meter too. Triggering the Symbol Lock Respins causes the meter on both sides of the reels to start filling up. With three successful respins in a row, the meters are filled and the frozen symbols are transformed into the next-highest value symbol for even bigger wins!
Combining the upgrade meter with respins is the only way to generate a substantial payout from this game. While up to 300x stake shouldn’t be laughed at, it’s far lower than many more volatile slots are offering.
TIki Vikings is not the most impressive game Microgaming has ever produced, but there is a target demographic who will love playing. The low volatility and relatively slow game speed are what will prevent Tiki VIkings from becoming a widely-loved classic.
However, with up to 300x returns on every respin, low risk to players, and a nice unique story to enjoy, Tiki Vikings is well worth giving a go!