The harsh weather and the icy blizzards are no challenge for the might Vikings. With axes, shields and other weapons in hand, these Nordic warriors are jumping straight into the battle. Prepare for a real clash with North Guardians. This Pragmatic Play slot uses a special and rather unique pattern-based mechanism. These so-called Wild Patterns can create some extraordinary wins leading up to a grand total of 5,000x.
Pragmatic Play have previously experimented with this mechanism on Eye of Cleopatra. Both slots are released only a couple of days apart so it’s a bit odd that Pragmatic are releasing two such slots at once. Maybe this is for the best, as it gives us more options to choose from. Vikings have become such a classic theme in the industry, but we’re still always interested in seeing, how providers portray these games. Knowing Pragmatic Play and their skills, we have a good feeling about the North Guardians slot.
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North Guardians Slot Review
Gameplay and Payouts
On North Guardians, you can just feel the presence of the gods. We’re going into a battle, but we are not alone. Pragmatic Play have produced a beautiful and atmospheric presentation, which nicely portrays the harsh Nordic climate. Snow covers the ground and gusts of wind travel across the mountainside, while a galant 5 by 5 layout stands firmly in the centre. In some ways, it is similar to another Pragmatic Play Viking slot called Gates of Valhalla.
Regular wins are made according to 50 paylines. There are 11 symbols that you may combine on North Guardians plus the Wild and Scatter, which makes it 13 symbols in total. Collection of icy runes are the low symbols and a couple of Viking objects, such as axe, shield and horn are what we would consider the mid-tier symbols. Two of the highest regular symbols in North Guardians are Viking warriors. All symbols are nicely crafted with added animations when they are a part of a winning combination.
North Guardians is a highly volatile Vikings themed slot and at best, this slot provides an RTP of 96.46%. The actual RTP may vary depending on the operator. The 5,000x max win has become somewhat of a staple of Pragmatic Play as many of their slots cap out their potential at this number. By all means, it is a great win to score, so in no way we are complaining. The default bet range that players can use on North Guardian is 0.50 – 250.
Almost one-third of the screen is occupied by the Wild Patterns Wheel. During the base game, two halves of a marking rectangle appear behind game symbols. On every spin, these halves move to random positions. If these halves land in the same position, they merge and trigger a spin on the Wild Patterns Wheel. The wheel may stop on Level Up or on a certain pattern. This said pattern then transforms to the game in form of Wilds. There are five levels in total and each level brings larger patterns with more Wild symbols. On the fifth level, you may even score a full screen of Wilds.
North Guardians slot hasn’t forgotten about Free Spins too, as by hitting 3 or more Free Spins symbols, you will be rewarded 5 Free Spins plus a payout of 2x, 10x or 100x, depending on the amount of scatters you have. During Free Spins, the Wild Patterns Wheel is always active, so you’re guaranteed to get some extra Wilds. Each time you Level Up, additional Free Spins are rewarded. For example, when levelling from level 1 to 2, you will be given 3 additional Free Spins, but when you’re levelling from 4 to 5, you are only given a single extra spin.
For a fair price of 100x, the North Guardians Free Spins feature can be purchased straight away. If the Free Spins feature is bought, then the default RTP slightly drops to 96.29%.
We still think it’s rather strange that two slots so similar are released so close to each other. It slightly takes away that special feeling that this new Wild Pattern mechanism could bring. North Guardians is heavily focused on this new feature, as besides it, not much else is happening. Even though it’s possible to trigger the regular Wild Patterns Wheel during the base game, the odds of it happening are low, so the best mostly comes strictly from Free Spins. North Guardians is still a beautifully made game with a hefty potential, so overall we could call this a successful release, although it doesn’t fully satisfy our hunger.
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