Wild Hammer Megaways: Slot Overview
Developer iSoftBet are well versed in mythologically themed slots with an Asian or Aztec bent, but aside from an earlier release called Legend of Loki, they've largely left Scandinavian traditions alone. That's unusual, especially for iSoftBet, who regularly use common tropes to colour their games. The good news for fans of Thor and the lads is the studio has turned its attention to Norse belief for Wild Hammer Megaways, a game full of big rugged visuals and features such as cascading wins, transforming wilds, plus a selection of free spins bonus rounds to choose from.
iSoftBet certainly knows how to turn up the visuals when they want to, which they've done for Wild Hammer Megaways. An imposing 6 main reel + 4 cell horizontal upper reel grid is located in a traditional stone structure, while two Valkyrie statues stand guard on either side. Located in a fjord, or mountainous region at least, iSoftBet has gone for a heavy representation of the theme, giving it an enjoyable stern mood, and an almost Yggdrasil or Play'n GO like feel – two studios who also excel at recreating the Norse Pantheon.
Wild Hammer Megaways should appeal to players chasing what can only be described as tremendous potential, though its other stats are a bit more down-to-earth. For example, RTP sits around average on 95.78%, while hits come at a frequency of 28.1%, meaning players collect coins every three spins or so. Wild Hammer Megaways is definitely a highly volatile game too, which can be played on any device, offering stakes of 20 p/c to £/€20 per spin.
The rules are regular Megaways, so rewards are paid when three or more matching symbols land adjacently from the leftmost reel. Wooden shields bearing rune-fonted 10-A symbols are the low paying tiles, while the higher value ones depict Freya, Loki, Fenrir, Thor, and Odin. The one-eyed All-Father is the most rewarding symbol from the bunch, paying out a win worth 25 times the stake for a six-of-a-kind combination. Thor's hammer Mjolnir is just about as famous as the big man itself, and as the name Wild Hammer Megaways suggests, it is used as the wild symbol. Hammers replace any regular paying symbols to help complete winning lines.
Wild Hammer Megaways: Slot Features
Most of the features are regular Megaways extras such as cascades and free spins with a progressive multiplier, including a buy option if permitted. One that is slightly new, though it has appeared in similar forms before, is the Wild Match feature.
When 2 or more matching symbols land on the upper horizontal reel, the Wild Match feature triggers. When activated, lightning bolts hit the reels, turning the matching symbols and any instances of the same symbol type directly below them on the same reels into wilds. This causes a win evaluation in the new state and occurs every 25 spins on average.
Cascades function in their typical way, removing winning combinations from the reels, letting new symbols drop into the gaps. New winning combinations may then form, and the cascade system will continue to run until no new win appears.
Next up, landing 4 scatter symbols triggers the free spins bonus round. Players are presented with 4 choices before kicking off the feature:
- 10 free spins with a progressive multiplier starting at x1.
- 8 free spins with a progressive multiplier starting at x3.
- 5 free spins with a progressive multiplier starting at x5.
The fourth choice randomly combines one of the free spins and multiplier options together. You could end up with 10 spins + an x5 multiplier or 5 spins with an x1 multiplier, depending on how fortunate you are.
After each winning cascade in free spins, the win multiplier increments by +1. It does not reset between free spins either, so it only stays the same or increases in value. It is possible to extend the feature as well. When bonus symbols land, they each add +1 free spin to the remaining amount.
Finally, if buying the feature is possible, players can do so at a cost of 100x the total stake. As a comparison, the bonus game triggers naturally every 253 spins on average.
Wild Hammer Megaways: Slot Verdict
The Norse legends are ever irresistible for developers, and iSoftBet has made a respectable contribution to the venerable genre. Wild Hammer Megaways is by no means a revolutionary entry, but anyone up for a bit of Thor flavoured Megaways gaming will not be disappointed. Unless you are looking for red hot innovation, in which case Wild Hammer Megaways comes up a little bit short. A relatively minor new creation is the Wild Match, though it is similar to the Hammer feature Pragmatic Play used in Power of Thor Megaways, which turned full reels wild.
Power of Thor Megaways could be considered one of Wild Hammer's competitors, yet one area iSoftBet's game trounces the other is on the topic of potential. As well as being highly playable, Wild Hammer Megaways produces wins of up to 50,000 times the stake, putting it in an upper-tier in regards to potential rewards. Massive payouts are going to arise off the back of a significant free spins win multiplier, perhaps helped by the Wild Match, though not the secondary feature is not necessarily a requirement.
When it comes to Megaways slots, iSoftBet can be as original as just about anyone, evidenced by the likes of Morgana Megaways or Royale with Cheese. In Wild Hammer Megaways, the studio has leaned more towards building an immersive environment than forging novel features, heaping on a heavy atmosphere in which to enjoy the theme. Wild Hammer certainly does enough to entertain general Megaways fans, regardless of whether they are into mythology or not, though an interest in Thor et al will be a bonus since the gameplay is quite conventional.
Most of Wild Hammer Megaways has been done before but with great production value and solid potential it does not fail to entertain.