The latest in Norse saga: The Fortunes of Asgard slot
The latest Thor movie, Thor Ragnarok, tells the tale of Thor battling his sister Hela to try and avert Ragnarok, the end of times for Asgard
While this new slot from Bla Bla Bla Studios made for Microgaming is not a licensed title from the movie, there are more than enough passing similarities for you to recognise many of the elements if you have seen the film, or if you are a Norse legends fan.
Norse mythology is a fertile breeding ground for top quality Microgaming slots with the legendary Thunderstruck II being based on these stories. This is one of the best Microgaming slots of all-time and it is going to be tough for Fortunes of Asgard to come close to matching the appeal of this venerable slot.
However, with the aid of development company Bla Bla Bla Studios, Microgaming have once again ventured into the realms of Asgard, each of which is displayed in the background in this 5-reel, 20-fixed pay line slots, which can be played from as little as 0.20 per spin.
Let's take a closer look at how the Fortunes of Asgard slot shapes up.
- Game: Fortunes of Asgard
- Developer: Bla Bla Bla Studios/Microgaming
- Reels: 5
- Pay Lines: 20 (non-selectable)
- Minimum Bet: 0.20
- Maximum Bet: 10.00
- Jackpot: 1,000
- Free Spins Bonus: Yes
- Other Bonuses: Yes
- Progressive: No
- Volatility: Medium
The presentation of the Fortunes of Asgard slot is very nicely down with the seven realms of Asgard displayed behind the reels. The reels though dominate the screen and they are given a striking golden framework with the main controls for the reels including the bet size and spin buttons at the bottom of the reels.
The sounds are also nicely done and add atmosphere and ambiance to the game and the fact that the slot is packed with some nice bonuses as well as the usual Free Spins round, does give the game added appeal. All the key aspects of Nordic mythology, such as Thor's hammer Mjolnir, are present and designed in a Disney cartoon style.
The game rattles along at a decent pace and as a medium variance slot, the wins tend to be pretty regular, though their value can be somewhat changeable and there are periods when you will go without a win.
This is a game with optional features and you can select whether Thor or Hellia are active in the game, and this does influence the types of bonuses you can activate in the game as we will explain in the bonus section below.
What is on the reels?
Rather disappointingly, the lower value symbols on the reels are the playing card lows and these go from 10 through to the Ace and these offer the lower value wins in the game and many of these wins may not be more than what you are betting.
Higher value symbols in the game include Thor's Hammer (Mjolnir), a shield, a purple tome, Thor the God of Thunder and Hellia. Depending on whether you have activated Thor or Hellia in the game, this will influence which of the bonus features are active in the base game.
- If Thor is Active - When you land Thor next to his hammer, the reel containing Thor will become completely Wild.
- If Hellia is Active - Land Hellia next to the purple tome and she will become Wild and stay in that space on the reels for your next spin.
There are three other key symbols on the slot, the Bonus, Wild and the Scatter symbols and we'll explore what each of these does in the sections below.
The lightning symbol is the Wild in the game and it has a relatively basic role in the Fortunes of Asgard slot in that it can only be used to substitute for all symbols in the game bar the Bonus and Scatter symbols.
The Galaxy Bonus feature can be triggered by landing three of the Galaxy Bonus symbols on the first, third and fifth reels on a single spin. When triggered, you get to pick from a number of different Asgardian galaxies which will reveal cash prizes until you find the galaxy hiding "Collect" which will end the bonus feature.
It is also worth noting that there is a Gamble option available for all win sin the game. You can click on the Hearts/Clubs button next to the Spin button to bring this option up after a win and you get to play a 50/50 guessing game which could see your prize doubled, but of course, if you guess incorrectly then you will lose the cash that you have just won.
Free Spins features
If you can land three, four or five of the Scatter symbols across the reels then you will receive 10, 15 or 25 Free Spins. There are no additional bonuses, such as multipliers, in play during Free Spins but you can activate both the Thor and Hellia features during the bonus spins.
Best feature of the Fortunes of Asgard slot
There is a lot to like on the Fortunes of Asgard slot, the presentation is slick and nicely done and the animations and sound crisp and sharp. The game itself is a medium variance slot, so don't expect too many regular wins and there are times it can play very tight, so you need to be prepared to play with a longer term view than on other slots. That said, the Free Spins bonus can land you some decent wins, though my favourite game is the Galaxy Bonus as you can land some decent cash prizes in this round.
Fortunes of Asgaard is not a game that is likely to challenged Thunderstruck II in terms of longevity, size of the jackpot or playability, but in terms of a modern slot it ticks most of the right boxes. I do feel the game is a little too punitive on players at times, and some additional bonuses for players during Free Spins in particular would have improved the game a great deal. That said, it is still fun, slick and enjoyable to play but it is not a slot that is going to offer you regular short-term games, unless you are incredibly lucky.
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