NetEnt dabbles into Norse Mythology with its Asgardian Stones slot that comes with a Cascade Reel feature with a unique twist. This new game is a welcome addition to the growing number of online slots with this theme.
Asgard and its gods have been a popular subject to many slots. How does Asgardian Stones slot by NetEnt compare with Norse-themed slots from Microgaming and Realtime Gaming?
NetEnt Introduces Asgardian Stones Slot
NetEnt’s Norse slot uses a Cascade Reel feature called Avalanche Mechanism wherein players receive a small re-spin feature when creating a match. Matched symbols disappear from the reels and are replaced with new symbols. If a player creates a match with the new symbols, they receive another free re-spin. This goes on until there are no matches to be made. Creating a match also adds a 2x bet. Consecutive wins awards players with a multiplier of up to four times.
What makes Asgardian Stones slot interesting is its large 2×2 and 3×3 symbols. These symbols crush other symbols beneath them until they fit on the reels. Matching these stones can leave behind a large space for more symbols or another giant symbol to fill.
Another interesting feature is the Bonus Wheel which is a 3×3 symbol that randomly appears. The wheel rewards players five to 15 free spins as well as random cash prizes. The Bonus Wheel can even appear during the Free Spins section of the game to allow players a chance to extend the mode.
Asgardian Stones slot is still being worked on by NetEnt’s team and will soon be available in Bitcoin casinos on Feb. 22.
Microgaming and Realtime Gaming Norse-themed Slots
Most software providers have dipped into the Norse Mythology lore for their games. Two of the notable providers to have done so are Microgaming and Realtime Gaming.
Microgaming’s Thunderstruck 2 slot and Realtime Gaming’s Asgard slot both share the same themes as well as slot characteristics. Both have 243 pay lines or an ‘All Ways’ pay feature. They also reward players who constantly trigger the Free Spins section. Triggering the Free Spins section a certain number of times can unlock additional modes.
These modes are similar to each other as well. The first mode of Thunderstruck is Valkyrie where all payouts have a 5x multiplier. In Asgard slot, payouts for every free spin are tripled. While Thunderstruck has a high multiplier, Asgard makes up for it by giving 15 free spins instead of just 10 free games.
There are some significant differences between the two Norse slots. The fourth mode of Asgard slot has a Morphing Wins feature. Morphing Wins is similar to the Avalanche Mechanism of Asgardian Stones wherein matched symbols disappear and are replaced by new symbols.
Even Thunderstruck has a similar feature with its fourth Free Spins section called Rolling Reels. This feature adds a growing multiplier for each consecutive wins that a player makes. Players can get a multiplier of x2 to x5 in Thunderstruck.
With the Microgaming and Realtime Gaming slots having similar features, NetEnt’s Asgardian Stones slot easily stands out. Choosing which game, however, all boils down to