Fri, Aug 2, 1:43am by Charlotte Lee
Last Updated Sat, Oct 5, 4:15am
Asgard is the home of the gods in Norse Mythology. You’ll see the fabled city, each time you spin the pokie reels thanks to the unique falling stones system used for this NetEnt game. Those stones show statues of Norse warriors. Some of the symbols are 2×2 or 3×3, giving this game a unique look. Eerie wind sounds and the occasional rolling of thunder at plenty of atmosphere to the proceedings.
Asgardian Stones has some unique game play elements. Cascading wins might not be new, though big symbols which crush those below them certainly are. There is also a bonus wheel, which can lead to a free spins feature. Here are the highlights of this epic slot:
To the left of the reels you’ll see a carved rock with runes around the outside. This says 2x, 3x and 4x. These multipliers work with the oversized symbols. You’ll see these at random during regular spins. Some are 2×2, others 3×3 (taking up the space of 3 reels).
When you win with any single or more combination, those stones dramatically explode. New symbols now fall into the top of the reels, potentially creating more wins. Things get exciting when you hit one of the oversized symbols after a win.
Now, instead of sitting in the grid of symbols, the bigger ones crush those below. Each level they crush increases the multiplier. If a big stone crushes 3 levels, sitting on the bottom of the grid, you’ll get 4x on any wins created.
Cascades of wins can keep on going as long as you get winning combinations.
At random, a 3×3 symbol with a wheel on it will appear over reels 1 to 3. This will happen after a win as part of the cascading sequence. If this wheel gets to the bottom of the reels, you’ll get to spin. Some of the prizes are for cash, others are for free spins. Each says 5 free spins, though is multiplied by the last win multiplier you had in play (for that winning / cascading sequence).
The free spins have dramatic music, though look the same as the main game. Cascading wins still happen, and the bonus wheel can reappear too. The biggest boost will come from the wild symbol, which can now appear in the big 3×3 format.
Instead of spinning, the stone tiles clear away, then fall into place from left to right in dramatic fashion. They land in the usual 5×3 grid, with 20 win-lines. NetEnt are flexible with bet sizes. You can go from 20c a spin and up. Auto-play is offered as standard, this lets you choose how many free spins to take.
There are wild symbols in play. These say ‘W’. They connect wins easily, and so don’t last long on the reels before they explode to make way for new symbols. The highest paying symbol shows an orange and gold mask, this gets you 500 coins for the maximum 5. There are 5 masks in total, paying down to 100 coins for 5. These prizes will often be over multiple lines – and can have a win multiplier of up to 4x.
3 playing card symbols, ace, king and queen, make up the smaller wins.
Dark stone masks, and the eerie wind and thunder make for an atmospheric game. When you hit spin, the stones from the last game disappear. This shows an amazing, detailed view. You’ll see the towering city of Asgard, plus a frozen lake and splintering rocks.
The masks each have gems in their foreheads. When you win, the eyes glow, just before they explode. With dramatic sound effects including the crunching of rocks, you’ll enjoy those times the big symbols appear and force their way down through the reels.
There is a lot of competition in this niche. Pokies include MicroGaming’s ThunderStruck II. I loved Asgardian Stones. While the game play reminded me of the hugely popular Gonzo’s Quest, this game has a darker, more atmospheric feel. Those big symbols can bring you win multipliers just when they are needed most. Add in the free spins with 3x on every win, and you have a mythical game with plenty of potential for big hits.