For players who enjoy a bit more of a narrative to go with their video slot action, IGT have put together an epic tale of swords and sorcery in their Level Up Plus slot, Nordic Heroes.
Nominally a five-reel, 30-payline game, Nordic heroes is a slot that gets progressively more rewarding the more you play thanks to a Level Up Plus system that sees characters unlock new achievements and features as they collect experience points. Experience is gained by battling monsters in the slot’s bonus round, with new weapons, levels and multipliers all becoming available.
Although Nordic Heroes generally has a fantasy-adventure feel, the game actually changes in appearance as you play it. To begin with, players will climb into the leathery boots of Elvin archer Thora and spin their way through the Forest of Fortune, but once they’ve reached Level 3, Ragnar the barbarian will become available. Carry on playing and they’ll eventually make it to the Sea of Glory, where new monsters and features await along with an all new soundtrack and reel design.
The main feature in Nordic Heroes is the Battle Bonus, which is triggered whenever bonus icons appear on reels one, three and five. When this happens, your current character and a monster will appear above the reels, with each displaying a bar of health. Free spins will begin and continue as long as you still have health, with a battle reel determining whether you attack, block or stun your opponent at the end of each spin. Should a player manage to defeat three monsters during the bonus, they’ll be awarded a number of Victory Spins which include a modifier dictated by your level.
While it all sounds a bit complicated to begin with, once players have entered the Battle Bonus a few times they’ll quickly get to grips with what Nordic Heroes is all about. The more monsters they slay, the more features they’ll unlock (with everything from stronger items for the battle reel to mystery multiplier reels being available) and your progress will always be saved so you can pick up where you left off. This obviously makes Nordic Heroes a highly innovative and engaging title, but when you strip away all the nuts and bolts, the only thing players really have to worry about is choosing their bet per line amount of £0.01-£10.00 as all the slot’s other features are handled automatically.
While it may all sound a bit Dungeons and Dragons to begin with, once you get into Nordic Heroes you’ll soon be gripped by its constantly evolving gameplay and increasingly rewarding features. The Level Up Plus aspect of the game does a great job of giving you something to strive towards, with the biggest prize payouts only available to the most courageous warriors out there.