Valley of the Gods is a 5-reel pokies video from Yggsdrasil with an initial 45 ways to win. For those in search of some ancient magic, this game could be the answer. But be warned, these reels are not like the others. This game was only just released and is now hot off the press and reviewers are lining up to try it out on their desktop, mobile and tablet. So far its high quality, entrancing Egyptian theme and graphics and dramatic soundtrack are winning lots of fans. Read our full review below.
Step into another world
From the start, players will notice the strong Ancient Egyptian imagery including sarcophagi, scarab beetles, hieroglyphs and more. The scene is rich and golden and you can certainly feel the heat of the desert. However, once you spin the reels, things take a turn for the unexpected.
This video pokie is unusual amongst our other free games as it features a 1-3-5-3-1 layout to start, but this is subject to change. The corners are covered with golden scarabs ‘blockers’ at first but these disappear when you make winning combos. Every winning combination of 3, 4 or 5 releases golden scarabs which fly out of the screen to land in the indentations left for them. Just like a Tomb Raider or Indiana Jones movie, there is a key which fits every hole and unlocks the next part of the puzzle. There are 12 blockers altogether and once players manage to destroy all 12, they will gain 3125 ways to win. However, heed the warnings, if you land on a losing spin the blockers return and you’ll be back to the initial 45 ways to win.
This might seem a little unfair, and everyone knows, winning combos aren’t guaranteed on every spin. Luckily the makers of this game have stacked the deck in your favour. The respins feature is triggered whenever you catch a winning combination. These free respins keep going and going until you land combos.
Gold, red or blue
Once all the blockers on the reels have been released, the winning scarabs will change their colours and remerge as red or blue scarabs. But don’t worry, there’s a good reason for this. When all the blockers are destroyed, you get to save the privileges earned through the red and blue scarabs. Basically, you’re awarded one extra life every time you destroy them all. For every five red scarabs you collect, you’ll earn one extra life. These are then used to trigger the same respins you’d get on a combo win, on a losing spin. In effect, if you have enough of these you can get through a losing streak Scott-free. When all the blockers are destroyed players also win a 2x multiplier. This multiplier is then upped by one every time you land five blue scarabs.
In the end, Yggdrasil's Valley of the Gods will keep you on your feet. With so much riding on every spin, it’s not the type of game where you’ll want to sit back and let the auto spin run. The graphics are also part of its charm, transporting the player to another world.
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