It was only a matter of time before game studio Peter & Sons brought their trademark cartoon style to the land of Norse mythology with Hammer of Gods. Thor is bringing war - again - to the world of men, and the Norse Gods are enjoying the show while they feast atop Mount Durmir.
If the Viking hoards are triumphant, they bring home gold, and if they die, they earn honour by entering Valhalla. It's a win-win situation, as is Hammer of Gods with fun features, great gameplay, and fantastic graphics.
Players should remember other terrific releases from Peter & Sons, such as Robin Nottingham Raiders and Zombies at the Door - and players who haven't seen these games should check them out. This developer is well known for beautiful design and game mechanics to die for, and Hammer of Gods is no exception.
The Hammer of Gods' background is a cartoonish mountain meadow scene with pointy snow-capped mountains, stone markers covered in runes, and a Viking ship that's overflowing with gold.
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To the left of the game grid is a round shield meter that collects special Wilds, and to the right is a shield that monitors free spins during the bonus round. The bonus round takes place at night.
The low pay symbols in Hammer of Gods are the royals nine through ace, but the high pay symbols are gorgeous recreations of Norse Gods in classic Peter & Sons fashion. These are wonderfully detailed and consist of one-eyed Odin, red-bearded Thor, Loki's wife Sigyn with her foxy hat, horned Jotnar, and Odin's wife, Frigg.
Hammer of Gods has two types of Wilds portrayed by Thor's hammer, one blue regular and one special gold Wild. Last but not least, the scatter symbol is a golden star shield.
The Hammer of Gods animations are fun and eccentric as usual with this developer, and it's a joy to watch and play. The soundtrack is a pleasant medieval-sounding tune that is truly enjoyable.
Hammer of Gods isn't just here for its looks; the game also offers a fun variety of unusual features. Let's take a look.
The Way Multipliers feature occurs arbitrarily on any symbols except the scatters. The multipliers are 2x, 3x, or 4x and players can land more than one in a single spin. When this happens, the multipliers are combined for even more significant wins.
Hammer of Gods has two Wilds. The blue Wild is regular, and substitutes for all symbols except the scatter as usual. The Special Wild "collects" wilds in the shield to the left of the game grid, and once players collect three wilds, they're awarded a respin where all the wilds are "released" randomly onto the game grid.
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The Free spin bonus round occurs when players land three scatter symbols. They win 15 free spins, and that's not all. If there are any Wilds left in the meter when the 15 spins are complete, the free spins continue until the meter is filled. The Wilds are then released onto the game grid.
Those who are tired of Norse Mythology-themed games fear not. Peter & Sons have brought the fun back to this overused genre with Hammer of Gods.
This game is not only a pleasure to look at, with entertaining characters, funny animations, and a soundtrack that slaps, but the math model is no joke, and the unique features are noteworthy and different enough to be groundbreaking.
There's enough in Hammer of Gods to keep players of any experience and risk-tolerance level delighted, and players shouldn't be surprised if people end up watching the game over their shoulders.