The old Norse runes hold many secrets. Deeds of warriors and tales of the gods are forever entombed In these stones. On Runes of Destiny, we follow a journey of a mighty Viking warrior named Ragnar (not Lothbrok). This red-haired, axe-wielding adventurer has set out on a new path, trying to find the treasures of the North, while solidifying his claim to the title of Konungr (King). With gods Odin and Loki by his side, it feels like nothing can stand in the way of our hero. Let us accompany Ragnar and get some treasures for ourselves too.
Runes of Destiny is a 5 Reel slot, that takes us on an epic journey. Evoplay are especially talented when it comes to presenting their slots. We have had plenty of beautiful stories and journeys, so no doubt Runes of Destiny will treat us with the same qualities. Norse sagas have been an inspiration for many entertainment purposes, with video slots not being an exception. It’s not an overly saturated market, but there are plenty of Viking themed slots, so Runes of Destiny must impress to be recognized by avid players.
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Runes of Destiny Slot Review
Gameplay and Payouts
In the beginning, we thought that this is going to be one of those exaggerated Viking slots. You know, helmets with big horns, explosive visuals and all other decorations. Some of it is still there, but Runes of Destiny also has a nice authentic Viking feel to it. It’s a good mix of realism and fantasy. The visuals are pretty straight forward. The game layout is situated under a large stone gate, which overlooks the hillside and the forest. Our hero Ragnar stands beside the reels, cheering you on, after every win. We especially enjoyed the Runes of Destiny music, it brings out that Norse atmosphere. We are not too surprised to see another wonderful presentation, Evoplay know their stuff.
Going with the same rustic feel, the symbols are also made out of stone. They give out a heavy thump whenever they drop. It’s in the name of the game “Runes of Destiny”, so without much of a surprise, a large batch of symbols are runes, to be more precise, 5 runes are the low symbols. High symbols are 3 objects - a shield, a helmet and a hammer, which from the looks of things could be the legendary Mjölnir. Runes of Destiny also has a Wild symbol, which provides the highest payout. There are 20 paylines on Runes of Destiny.
When you think of Vikings, you think of the mighty warriors, the intense battles and harsh northern life. Well, the payouts for Runes of Destiny don’t really match that intensity, as the game is quite calm and easy-going. No book says that every Viking slot should be brutal and risky with a high volatility setting, so don’t get it twisted, we are not complaining. With the low – medium volatility, the Runes of Destiny slot can be more predictable. The hit rate of 50% is especially high, meaning that on average, every second spin should result in a win. Even more so, the RTP of 96.07% is good, so we get a slot that provides a more laid back experience. The best possible win observed goes a little over 1500x, which for a low volatility slot is fine. Runes of Destiny bet range is 0.01 – 100 EUR.
The gods watch over Ragnar, his exploits have attracted the attention of Odin and Loki, so both of these gods will lend a helping hand, increasing your chances for a nice payout. During Runes of Destiny main game, one of two Random Events can trigger. Odin’s Grace can activate after any winning spin. Odin will strike the reels with a thunderbolt, awarding a random multiplier from 2x to 10x. On the other hand, Loki’s Meanness can activate after any losing spin. Loki the trickster will replace 5 random regular symbols with 5 random identical symbols. So basically, Odin encourages you even further, while Loki helps you up in the moments of weakness. What can we say, the gods are generous.
If you head down North far enough, you might stumble upon the Free Spins feature. This bonus is triggered by 3 or more scatters. The reward for 3, 4 and 5 scatters is 6, 9 and 12 Free Spins respectively. The main objectives of this Runes of Destiny bonus features is to collect two types of runes, the Loki’s and Odin’s. Once you collect 3 runes of one type, the special Respins are activated. Odin provides 3 respins with sticky wilds while Loki provides 3 respins with Wild replacement, meaning that on every spin 3 to 5 random regular symbols are upgraded to Wild symbols.
Once again, we get a beautifully crafted slot from Evoplay. They have managed to create a wonderful atmosphere that successfully mixes reality with fantasy. The low volatility has been the less preferred choice for a very long time now, so it will be a bit tougher for Runes of Destiny to find an audience, but for those who enjoy easy-going gameplay and a safer math model, by all means, Runes of Destiny is a great choice.
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