Spell of Odin

The Vikings are back – accept the Spell of Odin, and set out on the adventure of a lifetime!


About the slot
Vikings have become an extremely popular theme among slot game developers recently, especially after the huge success Hall of Gods has enjoyed. Norse mythology is interesting, brutal and filled with action. Maybe it is the resemblance to Game of Thrones that set the wheels in motion? Anyway, we have tried out several Viking-themed slot machines over the past year, and just recently we got our hands on Spell of Odin. Honestly? Quite a disappointing game. The game developers behind Spell of Odin are 2 By 2 Gaming, a fairly unknown company. Its lack of expertise is evident from the first minutes of spinning the wheels. Or, even from the first glance. Some of the symbols do suggest that the title is correct, that this is a slot machine with Norse mythology and Vikings in focus. However, there is simply not enough to support the theme. Spell of Odin is also quite an old game, with outdated graphics and a lack of animations (and many other things). It is user-friendly in terms of easy buttons and clearly distinct symbols, but that is basically it.

Bet whatever, doesn’t make it better
If you have decided to try out every single Viking-themed slot machine out there, you will probably spend some time on Spell of Odin as well. And it is likely many players will have the same question – where are the Vikings? The symbols 10, J, Q, K and A look completely out of place, and the Vikings did not use fancy horses – so what are these symbols doing here? The Norse-styled ring and the Viking ship are good, but what about the three foxy ladies? If they are supposed to be Viking-women, 2 By 2 Gaming should have added some details on this. Spell of Odin has 25 paylines, and you can bet more or less anything in terms of stakes. We recommend that in the beginning, you only bet small amounts, to see of this game will bore you or if it’s something you want to try out some more.
Special features and free spins on Spell of Odin
Spell of Odin can be fun, if lady luck is on your side and you see the best symbols appear as often as possible. There are two special functions here which could prove quite lucrative – the wild symbol and the free spins. Odin himself is the wild, and can appear in stacks. If he takes over a whole reel, this big wild-symbol will duplicate itself to another reel, increasing your chances of a big win. Oh, and yes – you can actually win very big on Spell of Odin. Then you have the scatter symbol, which rewards you with free spins. Three shield-and-sword symbols will start free spins on Spell of Odin, and award you with an instant win as well.

Summary
All in all, this is probably the worst Viking-themed slot machine we have played. But as we know, it takes more than one slot game to make everyone happy. It is still quite feasible some will like it, as winnings are constant with a high RTP, and the maximum payout is huge. Duplicating wilds are always welcome, and free spins should attract their fair share of players. If you are looking for 3-D graphics, an interesting story, and enticing bonus games, however, we would recommend other slots.

Faeries Fortune

Check out Faeries Fortune, where your every dream can come true!


About the slot
Ireland and its mythical creatures have been popular among casino players for a very long time. The shamrock (clover) and four-leaf clovers in particular have long been said to bring luck. Faeries Fortune consists not only clover but also several lucky amulets and talismans. This themed slot machine was created by Big Time Gaming, a fairly unknown software provider in the world of casino games. It has been developing fast the last two years, however, and Faeries Fortune is a testament to how far BTG has come. It is a beautiful slot, with plenty of details, a bunch of animations and gorgeous colours. We particularly enjoyed the atmosphere it brings, heightening the mood and keeping our hopes high throughout the test. They could have done a better job with the sound effects and background music, in our humble opinion – however, it’s not about the music, it’s about the symbols and prizes.

Bet low, win high
In just ten minutes of play, we were up 70% of our initial credits. Maybe lady luck was on our side today, because it is impossible that Faeries Fortune awards so many prizes at a constant rate. Some have to lose so that some can win. Faeries Fortune is user-friendly and looks nice, with clovers, druid symbols, horse-shoes, and card-symbols stylised to fit the Irish theme. There are 40 paylines, a good amount for those who wish to win often, but still want to follow each and every spin. The big, green Spin-button sets the wheels in motion, and you will notice the big symbols flying around straight away. One symbol can take up to four squares on the screen, improving your chances of winning big. In terms of betting options, you simply choose stake per line, and that’s it. Wide and easy betting options are always welcomed by both new and experienced players.

Special features galore
Faeries Fortune is packed with special features. There are many of them, and they all show up quite often. The best part is that any special symbol can appear on the screen as a big one, for example – a wild covering four squares will definitely make your life easier. Free spins on Faeries Fortune are activated when the huge, golden coin with “Free Spins” in Irish font appears. Here, you will get up to 16 free spins at a time, and these can be re-triggered. Coolest part? During the free spins, only the first reel remains “normal”, whereas the remaining four of them are populated by huge symbols! You have to see it yourself. Also, watch out for the sexy faerie – she will show up in different sizes, awarding up to 16 golden keys. These keys are used to set a random prize picker in motion. Different gems are chosen at random, awarding huge prizes. There is also the Pots of Fortune bonus, where you get to pick different pots of gold and reveal winnings. Up to 20 000 coins, actually – simply stunning.

Summary
What’s left to say? This is probably the best, most action-filled, fast-paced and intriguing slot machine with Irish mythology in focus we have ever seen. Great functions, awesome details, beautiful colours and plenty of prizes to be won. Make sure you try it out!

 

River of Riches

Dig through the sand and find your way to the River of Riches, Indiana Jones-style!


About the slot
Rabcat is a software developer that has done amazing stuff the latest year. Its games are top-notch, with all the details, functions and features a player could wish for. There are numerous slot machines with Egypt as a theme out there, and River of Riches is clearly one of the best. Rabcat is focusing on well-known themes, but creates their games using 3-D technology and packing them full of animations. Additionally, they always include well-suited background music and special effects, which is why we recommend all of their games. River of Riches is inspired by Indiana Jones and his tales. Here, you are dragged into an ancient temple buried in the sand, and by finding your way to the mysteries it hides, you can become rich ‒ really rich. This is one of the best-paying slot machines we have seen this year. The RTP is at around 96%, but the maximum winnings from normal symbols are just incredible. Five Pharaohs in a row will give you an incredible 1,000 times your stake!

Betting options and symbols
Now, River of Riches is not the best game Rabcat have created, we have to say. They have done better. By better we mean even greater. Because River of Riches is great, but it lacks a bonus game, which would really put the dot over the “i”. In terms of user-friendliness, thought, this game is perfect. It’s easy to find a suitable stake, and whenever you win a prize, you can always click on the Gamble-button and double it (with some luck). The Autoplay-function is always welcome, as well. When you win, the screen comes alive with animations, including a fire erupting from bricks on each side of the reels. Cool! Rabcat could probably have done without the card-symbols (from 10 to King), but there are only four of them, so it’s OK. You also have the pyramids, a scarab, an Egyptian cross and the Pharaoh himself to pay attention to.

Special features
As mentioned, River of Riches lacks a proper bonus game. However, with only 25 paylines, you still see a lot of action. There are two wild symbols – one normal one, and one fixed one. The normal one looks like Indiana Jones, and substitutes all other symbols on the screen. The fixed one says “Wild” in burning letters, and will stay on the screen for several spins, lifting your chances to win big. Then you have the Isis-symbol (the god, not the terrorists), which activates free spins on River of Riches. During these free spins, up to four fixed wilds will appear on the screen. We won quite the amount after only fifteen minutes of play – almost wondering whether Rabcat has done everything correctly in terms of RTP.

Summary
If you enjoy Egypt-themed slot machines, you should definitely try River of Riches. Indiana Jones-fan? Then this is surely your game. If Rabcat had included a bonus game, it would probably be one of the best Egypt-slots out there. Anyway, the magnificent graphics and amazing sound-effects are enough to keep you playing for a long while.