Head to the frozen wastelands of Scandinavia in Wild Nords, a 5 reel, 20 payline Viking-themed slot from Red Tiger Gaming. The game is played using a win both ways game engine and comes with 3 wild symbols, each of which triggers a respin with a special extra when it hits. Play on all devices from between 20p and £500 per spin.

The design in Wild Nords is fairly typical of a Red Tiger Gaming slot – the reels are set within a Viking homestead and include Norse style A to 10 playing cards and a trio of wooden shields bearing an animal motif. The best of these is the bear which pays 300 coins if you land 5 on a payline. Winning combinations can be made starting from reels 1 and 5.

There are also 3 wilds – all of them replace all the standard symbols and offer payouts of 30, 100 or 300 coins if you land 3, 4 or 5 in a line. Each wild character can trigger its own special extra:

  • Bjorn: Nord of the Bears feature – he will transform the bear shield symbols into wilds. Those wilds are then locked in place and a free respin follows. If new bear shield symbols appear, you will get another respin.
  • Rolf: Nord of the Wolves feature – land Rolf and he will transform wolf shield symbols into wilds. Once again, a free respin is awarded with the sticky wilds in place. Like with Bjorn, new wolf symbols give you another respin.
  • Astrid: Nord of the Eagles – the axe-wielding Astrid turns eagle shield symbols wild. A free respin then follows with the wilds held. If new eagle symbols appear during the respin, you will get another respin.

Look out for the Nord Animals too who can appear to the side of the reels – this will trigger the Animals feature. The animals can attract matching high value animal symbols to the reels to create bigger winning combinations. They can also trigger respins – like with Bjorn, Rolf and Astrid, 1 or more new matching symbols will give you another respin.

Wild Nords is an impressive looking slot -the imagery and animations are very high end. The same is true of the stirring soundtrack that’s a quality fit for the epic theme. The range of extras isn’t very wide but unlike many Red Tiger Gaming slots, you won’t be waiting ages to land them. The wilds come along at regular intervals, as do the transforming animals. It has good win potential too with max payouts of 1,000 times your stake on each spin!

There isn’t a traditional Free Spins feature on offer here – the respins come along often enough we hardly noticed.  The Norse theme is proving increasingly popular with players and developers. If you enjoy this rugged them, then an adventure with the Wild Nords should appeal. I also recommend you try Play ‘N Go’s Viking Runecraft and Yggdrasil Gaming’s Vikings Go Berzerk.