Power-hungry gods and goddesses from Norse Mythology show up again in the Asgardian Stones video slot, developed by NetEnt. Featuring 5 reels, 20 pay lines, runes, colourful gems on the stone masks of the deities, and a lot of crushing on the reels, the game gives ominous sensation. As if the moment for the final battle has come, and there is nothing to be done. The dark times are here, and not even the most powerful runes can help against the inevitable. Led by their prophecies, and the all-father Odin, these vain gods and goddesses, will fall, and crumble on the reels, leaving only dust behind. And if you'd like to see the downfall, check out the Asgardian Stones.
From the moment you start playing this game, there will be darkness all around, and while the symbols are falling, and the winning combinations are crumbling, you'll see Asgard in the distance, enveloped in grey, and surrounded by clouds. Dark music will also contribute to this unsettling picture.
The one god you'll immediately recognize is Odin, missing an eye. When it comes to others, there can only be guessing. The goddess on the mask with a purple stone and Fehu rune can be Freya, while the rest is a mystery.
On the left side, there is a runestone with multipliers on it, and it's well known about a destiny being written in the stone. Even though the supreme god sacrificed his eye for knowledge, he can't escape it, so we're gonna see him smashed to pieces in the Asgardian Stones video slot. Of course, it just a mask, but considering everything around, you can't drop the feeling something is coming, and it's definitely not good.
Together with these doomed deities, we'll see letters A, K and Q, and each of them made with the same obscurity as the rest. As a special symbol, stands the Wild with the ability to replace any symbol but a Bonus Wheel, and we can observe and conclude it's a W letter, trapped inside a frozen cube. Something extra is also offered in the game, and those are the Colossal symbols with 2x2 or 3x3 cells size.
Another special symbol lands on the reels, occupying 3x3 symbols, in form of the Bonus Wheel while carrying all kinds of perks, but more on that later.
Three fields on the above mentioned Bonus Wheel belongs to Free Spins feature, and each has 5 free spins. If you catch all three fields when the wheel settles on reels, then the max amount of spins will be yours. Inside this feature, the Wild gets the Colossal power, and if this symbol is a part of the winning combo, his destiny will be to break into 1x1 Wilds. All those Wilds shaping win lines will explode, and the rest will stay for an avalanche. The Bonus Wheel has a chance to appear inside the free spins up to 3 times with 25 extra free spins.
When the Norse gods and other symbols fall and explode making pay lines, in their stead, an Avalanche feature will bring others. After the first Avalanche occurrence, it's possible to trigger the Colossal Crush feature, in the base game, and while the free spins last. This symbol needs to have filled out row just below, but in case there are empty places from a winning explosion, he'll crush it, and continue on doing so as long as there are empty places underneath. With each row destroyed, a multiplier will be awarded up to x4, and the won multiplier will be used in the next win.
When the Bonus Wheel lands on the reels, besides the free spins, you'll have an opportunity to earn some coins. All the coin wins are 1, 2 or 5 times the total bet with the biggest possible coin win 36 times the total bet.
With a bit dark settings, we can witness a different side of the Norse Mythology on the reels. And just because of that, the Asgardian Stones seems fresh and honest. The design looks great, and it fits the trickster and manipulative nature of these deities completely. Features also agree with the rest presented in the video slot, especially the Colossal symbols, as the gods want to be seen as big and mighty, certainly not petty.