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NetEnt decide to have a go of their own at the wildly popular theme of Norse Mythology in Asgardian Stone. It’s a 5 reel game with 20 pay lines and an RTP of 96.4%. The show stealer of this game, or at least the main one, is the actual game mechanic. It adopts the Avalanche or Cascading Symbols play style. There’s also a good range of betting options and attractive special features including Colossal Crush Symbols and a Bonus Wheel that gives you Free Spins, both of which come with multipliers. They’re sure to hit home in terms of entertainment and winning potential.
It’s worth mentioning that NetEnt has really pushed the envelope with Asgardian Stones in terms of production values. The game is a beauty to behold in action. It exudes a strong primeval ambience that captures the spirit of Norse Mythology while embellishing the lot with some stunning visual and sound effects, all the while setting everything to a beautiful yet haunting, fully animated background.
NetEnt’s choice to stick to the 5-reel by 3-row formula is an industry standard. However, going for the cascading symbols game mechanic in Asgardian Stones takes things in a different direction. Just like this provider’s heavy hitter of a slot – Gonzo’s Quest – this one utilises the gameplay style known as Avalanche or Cascading Symbols. In this case, instead of reels, symbols drop from the top of the screen, and when a winning combination is formed, the symbols there are crushed and more symbols roll down from the top. Thanks to this, you’re in with the chance to amass consecutive wins.
In terms of bet settings, from casual players up to daring high-rollers can enjoy this game as it allows your stake range on a spin to be set to anywhere between €0.20 and €200.00. The two tweakable bet settings include Bet Value and Bet Level, both of which are two common recurrences on most of NetEnt’s games. The game also comes with the trademark Autoplay and Max Bet buttons.
Once your eyes have settled from the overwhelming visual glory this game treats you to, it’s time to get stoked about the special features, which are equally stunning.
The first special feature to look out for is the Colossal Crush. Any symbol can rain down from above in a larger form of itself covering either 2×2 slots or 3×3 slots. In the case of the latter, these crush the symbols they land on and count them as winning combinations. What’s more, every crush that is made takes you one step up on a multiplier meter set on the left-hand side of the screen that ranges from x1 to x4.
Next up is the Bonus Wheel. This appears randomly as a 3×3 tile, and can either pay out coin wins or give you free spins. An upgraded version of the same Bonus Wheel can reappear during Free Spins. The differences, though, are that the coin wins are higher than in the base game, and instead of awarding you the prize that lands on one segment, you have three segments, therefore three prizes. For instance, if you get all three segments with five free spins each, that’s 15 free spins added to your game. One more particular feature about Free Spins is that the Colossal Wild splits into single tiles. These Wilds explode and are replaced by new symbols and freeze in place until you get a win.
NetEnt does everything right with Asgardian Stone. Whether it’s the highly polished visuals and enchanting sound effects, the special features that fit this game like a glove, while having the potential to roll out some big wins, or the bet settings that accommodate different playing styles, NetEnt has put together winner of a game. Admittedly, the Avalanche or Cascading Symbols mechanic will appeal to some while deterring others. It all boils down to what’s your favourite brew.
With all said and done, however, NetEnt has all corners covered with this Norse Mythology piece that might climb up there with Gonzo’s Quest as a fan favourite. But don’t take our word for it. Go ahead, take Asgardian Stones for a few spins in free mode, and then up your ante with some real money, only at Quasar Gaming!