Viking Quest is a 5 reel, 40 payline Norse themed slot powered by Big Time Gaming – superbly designed, it comes with the developer’s signature Mega Icons which create massive 4×4 symbols that can deliver some spectacular results. Look out too for the pick me bonus round as well as a free spins feature that awards up to 16 free spins. Stakes range from between 40p and £40 per spin.

The Vikings were renowned for their raping and pillaging but thankfully Viking Quest is a much sunnier affair – set against an idyllic, tree-lined backdrop, the reels include a Viking warrior, a young woman, a shield, a hammer, a green haired troll and a grinning jester. Land 5 of the latter for a 500-coin haul. There’s also a wild that awards 5, 40, 300 or 1,000 coins if you land 2, 3, 4 or 5 on a payline. It also substitutes for all other symbols apart from the scatters.

You’ll notice that the symbols can sometimes be a little different to the norm in Viking Quest – that’s down to the Mega Icons. These are giant 2×2, 3×3 or even 4×4 symbols that can land on any spin and deliver some mighty payouts. They are also the key to triggering the bonus features.

Land the Mega Scatter Salmon to trigger the Gone Fishing feature – you’ll get to cast your reel and angle for a prize for each icon position occupied. For example, a 2×2 icon will give you 4 picks, 3×3 offers 9 with 16 prizes picks awarded for a full 4×4 Mega Icon. Each cast pays between 1 and 100 times your total bet.

The Chests of Fortune feature becomes active when the Mega Scatter Chest symbol lands – you get to pick 1 chest for each icon position occupied, so once again up to 16 picks are possible. The prizes on offer here range from between 2x and 500 times your total stake.

Finally, there’s a Free Spins feature which is triggered by landing the Mega Free Spins Scatter – the number of free spins awarded depends on the size of the icon and can range from between 2 and 16. The free spins are played on a new set of reels where the first reel is normal but the rest are made up of giant 4×4 symbols.

If you’re lucky enough to land a 4×4 symbol in full and match it with the same symbol in reel 1, then the rewards can quickly mount. Better still if the 4×4 symbol is wild. Manage that and the payouts can be spectacular. You can re-trigger even more free spins here too.

We found Viking Quest to be a very entertaining slot – the design is top notch, featuring quality graphics and animations and a soundtrack to match. The gameplay was pretty good too, offering plenty of variety.

The Mega Icons are a nice addition, especially in the free spins round where you’re always tantalisingly close to securing something massive. We’d put the variance in the medium range. The fully formed 4×4 icons don’t land that often in the feature but when they do and match a high value symbol, they can deliver rewards that would delight even the hardiest Viking warrior. Faeries Fortune, also by Big Time Gaming, is identical in terms of gameplay. If you like vikings though, Vikings Go Wild by Yggdrasil Gaming is well worth playing.