Based on the old English epic poem, Beowulf is a 5 reel, 25 payline video slot from Quickspin. Lavishly illustrated, this adventure-themed title comes with plenty of features including free spins, big multipliers and a variety of sticky and locked wilds. Stakes range from 30p to £300 per spin.

Set in Scandinavia, the medieval poem tells the tale of Beowulf and his epic battles with the monster Grendel. The slot version follows suit, pitting our hero in a series of confrontations with an assortment of baddies.

The first feature to keep an eye out for is the Grendel Attack feature. Activated at random, it is triggered when the monstrous creature appears on reel 5. Beowulf will move from the side of the reels to slay Grendel. One respin is awarded for each monster slain. As our hero walks back to his position, a selection of symbols will be turned wild and will remain that way for the remaining respins.

The second major bonus is the Free Spins feature which becomes active when 3 or more scatter symbols (Grendel’s grotesque mother) appear anywhere on the reels. The more scatters, the better the payout. Three pays three times stake, four pays 10 times with five scatters paying 20 times the bet.

You’ll be awarded an initial 3 free spins but more can be added depending on the outcome of a battle between Beowulf and the Dragon. Every time a sword appears, one health is removed from the Dragon Health Bar. The sword acts as a wild and will remain in place until replaced by a dragon symbol. Once the Dragon symbol hits, it’s Beowulf’s health that drops by 1. This symbol is also wild. The contest is completed when one of the health bars is empty. If Beowulf comes out on top, you’ll be awarded 3 free spins.

The visuals in Beowulf are excellent. The reels feature comic book style images of a number of the central characters from the epic poem including Wigalf, King Hrothgar, King Hrothgar’s wife, Queen Wealtheow and the evil Grendel. The low value playing cards are embroidered with Celtic-style flourishes. They’re all set against a snowy mountain backdrop.

The variance is on the low side of medium so expect a succession of smaller wins rather than anything too extravagant. The best source of success is via the bonus features. The payouts may not often be on the epic scale (excuse the pun) but there’s still plenty to enjoy in this medieval adventure. In terms of variance, Quickspin also offer King Colossus which is much higher and often overlooked. In terms of theme, Beowulf reminds me a little of WMS Gaming’s Viking Vanguard which is both volatile and brilliant.