|Game Type:||Video slot|
|Bet Levels:||0.10 - 100|
|Free Spins:||Yes (10-unlimited)|
Heavy metal fans can rejoice. There’s a new slot in town that is sure to rock your socks off! Hammer of Vulcan is the latest brainchild from Quickspin, a developer that has steadily been trying to tailor games to specific types of players. This time, we think, they might have hit the nail on the head.
Set in the blazing coast of Sicily, the God of Fire is forging weapons and taking names. The software provider has been veering into the mythological world for a few years now. With this video slot, the creators dug deep beneath Mount Etna to bring us Vulcan and his Wild-wielding hammer.
We have all seen the ‘ancient civilization’ theme done before, but this interpretation offers more than just ‘gold coins’ and ‘wreath-wearing statue’ symbols. There are elements at play here that both seasoned slot-lovers and newcomers will enjoy. Let’s have a look at the finer details of this exciting new release.
Symbols and Payouts
All wins on Hammer of Vulcan pay from left to right, with 4,096 ways to win and a maximum win potential of 20,347x the bet. The grid holds the familiar 6 reels and 4 rows that most of us enjoy. The betting starts at 0.10 and goes up to 100.00, allowing players that are waging max bet to hit wins as big as 2,034,700! However, it plays with a volatility rating of 5, the highest possible from this developer – so keep that in mind when pacing your bets.
Over to the paytable, the video slot features a host of electrifying symbols, starting from the royals all the way through to the premiums. The 10 to Ace Royal symbols pay between 2x and 3x the bet for a full line containing six of a kind. Things get much more exciting on the higher end of the paytable, with premiums paying as much as 12x the stake.
There are two separate wild symbols with alternate functions. The Hammer wild initiates the Hammer Strike! Feature, whereas the standard wild symbols have the same value as the highest paying premium – the golden head. The regular wilds also substitute for all other symbols, as expected. Following the Golem Head symbol, there are shields, helmets, swords, chalices, and tongs. The payout for 6 premiums starts at 4.5x the wager and works its way up to 12x.
There aren’t too many features woven into this video slot, but the Hammer Strike! feature is likely the first that players will notice because it’s in play during the base game. When a Hammer Wild symbol lands on the reels, Vulcan strikes his hammer – turning all the symbols below it into Wild symbols. Basically, a Hammer Wild symbol activates the Hammer Strike feature on that reel.
The free spins are the main attraction on this game, and they’re aptly named, ‘Light the Forge!’ Three bonus scatters triggers the feature and scores the player 10 free spins. During the free spins the Hammer Strike! feature is still active, so there will be plenty of opportunities to hit some massive wins. Every Hammer Wild symbol that lands on the reels during the feature will also increase the multiplier by 1x, adding to the excitement.
Volcano scatters increase playtime during the Light the Forge! free spins feature – every Volcano symbol that lands on the reels awards an extra free spin with unlimited potential. Players can also look forward to the Strike Again! feature at the end of the free spins. The last spin of the free spins feature MUST be a winning spin. If there’s no win, Vulcan will Strike Again – awarding additional free spins until a winning combination is achieved.
Finally, it’s worth mentioning that this is the first time Quickspin has added the ‘Buy’ feature to one of their video slots. Players who live in a region that allows this feature can pay 80x the bet to trigger the Light the Forge! Bonus game – a price way below average on comparable games, and which will likely tempt even the most patient players. The low buy-in of 80x the bet is currently confirmed by Quickspin, but might change before the game is released.
Verdict: Hammer of Vulcan
Quickspin has been working on an exhilarating math model for a while, and it seems to all come together perfectly in Hammer of Vulcan. The game is a thrilling combination of volatile free spins, heavy metal soundtracks, and symbol blocks that slam down with crashing sound effects as they fall onto the reels. The return to player (RTP) balances the gameplay very effectively, with a decent percentage of 95.81. To top it all off, watching Vulcan’s hammer wield wild symbols is truly satisfying. When the character’s determination mirrors that of the player, it’s bound to be a perfect fit.