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North Guardians Slot review

Pragmatic Play

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Join the North Guardians on an icy adventure to the snowy mountains of Valhalla. Enjoy Pragmatic Play’s second edition of the Wild Pattern feature previously seen only in Eye of Cleopatra. Decipher these ancient Nordic patterns, level up, and fill the reels with an onslaught of wild symbols!

Betting Options and Bonus Features

North Guardians by Pragmatic Play is an innovative title featuring a 5x5 gameplay grid and an entirely separate Wild Pattern Wheel. During the base game, this wheel is inactive but can be activated with a nordic glyph. However, this glyph is broken and split into two pieces that move from place to place with each spin. If you manage to connect the broken pieces back together the hammer of the north guardian will come down and trigger the Wild Pattern Wheel! The wheel will begin spinning and grant you either a wild pattern or a level up.

Landing a pattern rewards you with wild symbols in the shape of that pattern. Wild symbols are special symbols that substitute for all symbols to form winning combinations (except for scatter). Thus, allowing you to string up big wins. Level up, on the other hand, respins the wheel and unlocks a set of completely new bigger patterns that have even more wilds. There are a total of 5 levels in which a rare pattern has the ability to fill the entire grid with wilds!

The bonus round can be triggered with Free Spins symbols. These land on all reels and hitting 3, 4, or 5 will award a cash reward (2x, 10x, 100x your stake, respectively) and trigger your free spins bonus round. 

You start with 5 free spins during which the Wild Pattern Wheel is active for every free spin. Your Wild Pattern level will moreover become progressive and with each level up you earn additional free spins. Each level up awards the following amount of free spins:​

  • Level 2 - 3 extra free spins
  • Level 3 - 2 extra free spins
  • Level 4 - 2 extra free spins
  • Level 5 - 1 extra free spin

Overall you can unlock up to 13 free spins in which you can win up to a maximum of 5,000x your stake! Furthermore, there’s also a bonus buy option that lets you skip the entire base game. The feature costs 100x your stake and you are guaranteed at least 3 scatters on the next spin.

Roshtein’s Take

Really like the direction Pragmatic is taking with this slot. The new feature is a great special addition to the game and I especially like that it feels organic to the game. Simply, the studio didn’t overdo it which many software providers do nowadays while trying to present players with something unique. The only downside is the fact that the number of possible free spins is limited. 

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