Asgard Warriors: Slot Overview
Like other relatively young providers finding their voice, 1x2 Gaming has tended to play it pretty safe when selecting themes to colour their games. So far we’ve seen things like Irish, Robin Hood, Western, Pirates, so for the most part, they’ve been pretty standard topics, used to varying degrees of success. For Asgard Warriors, 1x2 Gaming heads north in a game inspired by the vicious Vikings. Never mind Valhalla, those warriors of old are immortalised in the iGaming realm time and time again.
Asgard was one of the nine worlds surrounding the tree of life, where the gods resided, but Asgard Warriors looks more like Midgard than anything else. Midgard being the name for Earth, as most slots players are no doubt aware by now. A 5-reel, 243 ways to win game grid floats above choppy seas surrounded by craggy cliffs, grassy foothills and verdant forests. It’s quite a nice view, coupled with the burly warriors of both genders on the grid, plus slightly pixelated graphics, an old school hack ‘n slash like Golden Axe or a beat ‘em up like Double Dragon came to mind. The soundtrack is a tad less interesting, though the flowing choral piece wraps itself nicely around the grid and surrounding scenery.
Medium volatile, Asgard Warriors may be played on tablets, desktop, or mobile devices, offering stakes from 10 p/c to £/€50 per spin. After a pleasant first look at the game, it’s a shame then to pop open the paytable to discover an RTP value of 94.56% governing the show.
Starting on the lower side of the paytable, Asgard Warrior uses J-A card symbols forged from grey steel or carved from stone; it’s hard to tell. Moving up from them, we find battle helms, shields, and hammers as the mid-level symbols, while an older male warrior, a warrioress, and a bare-chested chap with impressive pecs make up the three premium symbols. Landing a combination of five character symbols will get you a payout worth 5 to 10 times your stake. One more symbol for this section is the Viking Longship wild, which replaces any pay symbol to complete a winning combination.
Asgard Warriors: Slot Features
Asgard Warriors has been quite simply designed with an extra-base game feature called Warrior Spins and a triggered round of free spins to provide the biggest thrills found in the game. Warrior Spins are the base game only feature triggered when a stack of character symbols land on the first reel. Then, only high-paying picture symbols or wilds land on the rest of the reels for that spin.
Skull icons are the scatter symbol, and landing 3, 4, or 5 of them awards 8, 12, or 16 free spins, respectively. What increases the possibility of scoring larger rewards during free spins is the introduction of a win multiplier. It starts at x1 and increases whenever scatter symbols hit. Landing 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 scatters increases the multiplier and the number of remaining free spins by 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5, respectively.
Asgard Warriors: Slot Verdict
Asgard Warriors might come over a little simplistic in the beginning, but its modest charm has the ability to grow on you when you’re a few spins in. This is not a game that initially clobbers you with attention-demanding graphics, however, and Viking-themed slots do abound after all. However, 1x2 Gaming has used the same slightly cartoonish graphics they have used before in games like Barbarian Gold to disarm, then slowly win you over. Several other things work in Asgard Warrior’s favour, such as the 243 ways pay system and decent enough symbol values to create a positive first impression that raises intrigue to see what else the game can do.
As far as features go, Asgard Warriors isn’t as complex as 1x2 Gaming usually designs, even when compared to their non-Megaways powered games. There are none of the huge number of ways and safe cracking shenanigans of Western Wilds, or the Merry Men modification of Robbin’ Robin, for instance. Asgard Warrior’s more straightforward features aren’t bad though, and Warrior Spins spice up the base game, occasionally firing some fun premium only action. Free spins turn the heat up further, as long as a few scatters appear to increase the multiplier while extending the round in the process. Nothing especially noteworthy hit during testing for this review, but the game should be able to dish out wins of at least 2000x+.
Yet despite its positive aspects, Asgard Warrior’s RTP is low enough to be a deterrent. It’s not like there aren’t plenty of just as good Viking games, or better, offering more generous rates to choose from. If Asgard Warriors did something extraordinary, it might have justified the low theoretical return. Unfortunately, there’s nothing especially exciting or new about Asgard Warriors, so the goodwill conjured by its cheerful looks, features, and gameplay is, for the most part, squandered by a disappointing return value.
Asgard Warriors could have been decent, but ends up being a middle-of-the-road game crippled by poor stats.