The full title of this slot is “Valhalla Saga – Thunder of Thor”, which gives a clue or two as to what you can expect from the theming of this slot. Thor sure is a popular guy nowadays, isn’t he? If the user interface of this game feels a little familiar, this is because Jelly is publishing their games on the platforms of other, long-established software providers. This is a good thing in my eyes, as the games run extremely smoothly on all devices. Valhalla Saga video slot uses 20 fixed pay lines, has an RTP of 95.9%, and advertises a maximum win of “over 10,000x your stake” on its title screen.
Some of Jelly’s games are packed to the brim with modifiers and features, but it seems they have gone a little easier on the extras this time around. A “Powerlinks” feature during the bonus round is well worth checking out though, and the Thunder of Thor modifier during the base game can add wild symbols with multipliers of up to 100x to the reels, so what has been included all sounds like top-notch stuff to me.
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According to the National Museum of Denmark, who are apparently the leading voice on Norse mythology, Thor was the most popular of all the gods. I have to say, if I was one of the other gods, I’d be a bit annoyed here – I mean, I was lucky enough to be born a god, but there’s another god who’s more popular than me? To hell with him, where’s my hammer?! Thor would create thunder and lightning as he rode above the clouds in his chariot drawn by goats, predicting that, several millennia later, his goats would come to symbolize him as the Greatest of All Time. What a guy. Armed with his own hammer, the Mjolnir, Thor was physically strong and would regularly do battle with the evil giants of Jotunheimar. Be sure to memorise all of that – there’s an exam coming later… probably.
Neither the scatter nor wild symbol have any value of their own in Valhalla Saga online slot, leaving just four high-paying symbols at the top of the paytable. Thor takes pride of place – as you would expect – with a payout of 25x your stake for a full line of five-of-a-kind. His ship, the Beliskner, is second in the list with a return of 15x your stake for all five. If the paytable was going to feature a weapon then you would surely expect it to be Thor’s hammer, yet it is an axe which represents the third highest-paying symbol at 12.5x your stake for five-of-a-kind. Finally, a cup or grail returning 10x completes the high-paying symbols. These numbers don’t seem as big as I would have expected for a game that promises a maximum jackpot of over 10,000x your stake, but many symbols are stacked on the reels, making it possible to win on many pay lines simultaneously.
I really appreciate the way that Jelly sets up their bet selections. A single wager button is present on the main screen of the slot and pressing this will take you over to a separate page where you can choose from eleven different bet levels. These begin at a penny a line, for a total of €0.20 per spin, and top out at €4.00 per line – a total of €80.00 per spin.
base game & MODIFIERS
Jelly’s Valhalla Saga video slot utilizes the “traditional” video slot reel setup of 5x3 sections, with the 20 pay lines spread in sensible positions across the playfield. This same setup is also used during the bonus round, although the “Powerlinks” feature does mix things up a little in that part of the game. Winnings are awarded whenever three or more matching symbols land on a pay line from left-to-right. There is only a single modifier (plus the re-spin feature) in this game, which is quite unusual for a Jelly game – the developer often likes to cram in as many features and modifiers as they possibly can. Some may see this as a negative for Valhalla Saga online slot, but the most important thing for me is that the features which do get included are good ones; that is definitely the case here:
thunder of thor modifier
This modifier can be triggered on any spin, whether it was initially a winner or a loser. It cannot be triggered during the free spin feature. When the Thunder of Thor is triggered, several wild symbols will be added to the reels, each bearing a multiplier of 2x, 5x, 10x, 25x, 50x, or 100x. All the wild symbols will be tagged with the same multiplier and are only applied once per winning pay line.
This modifier does not guarantee a win, but even a single full pay line of Thor symbols with a 100x multiplier would award a win of 2,500x your stake, so this can be a very exciting feature when the higher multipliers appear.
This is a consolation prize of sorts that is triggered whenever a spin completes with four scatter symbols in view. The remaining reels will re-spin whilst the scatters stay in place, giving you a second opportunity of hitting the additional fifth scatter required to trigger the games bonus round. During testing I saw this feature activate many times without getting the extra fifth symbol, but it’s always a nice treat when it does show up!
valhalla saga slot bonus feature
The free games feature in Valhalla Saga is quite unique, and unlike any I have seen in other online slots. You need five triggering scatter symbols to win the bonus, which does seem like a lot, but the scatter symbols can appear stacked in this game so it isn’t as difficult to trigger the bonus round as you may think.
powerlinks free spins feature
The free spin feature only awards five free spins, but the “Powerlinks” element of it is what makes it special. Each of the triggering scatter symbols becomes a special zone that guarantees a prize at the end of the feature, and any additional scatters which land during the bonus round will add additional special zones to the reels as well.
When the feature completes, each of the spaces that has been designated as a special zone will transform into a prize. The maximum prize I saw here was 100x my stake, but the paytable does not make clear if this is the most that the game can award.
Additionally, there are four jackpots shown across the screen, ranging from the Mini at 25x to the Mega at 1,000x. These numbers are likely to fluctuate when playing the game for real money depending on which casino you are playing at and how many other players are spinning this game.
The “special zones” can also award one of these jackpots rather than a regular prize, and I won many “Mini” jackpots during testing – sometimes two from a single bonus round.
You can also purchase the free spin feature if this facility is permitted in your country or jurisdiction. The price is low at just 60x your stake, but keep in mind that you do only receive five free spins.
valhalla saga slot review final thoughts
Jelly’s Valhalla Saga – Thunder of Thor video slot is deceptively simple; despite only having a single modifier, there is plenty here to hold your interest. The bonus round comes around quite often as well and has tonnes of big win potential. The more I played this game, the more I enjoyed it, and I’ll definitely be spinning it again in the future.