The Wolf Hunters video slot from Yggdrasil is finally out. There has been a lot of speculation about what this game would be like, and now that's it's here we decided to test it for you. We played for two hours and here is what we found out.
It started off awarding us 30 rage points on the left side of the screen, and 70 rage points on the right side of the screen. This corresponds to a male werewolf hunter on the left and a female one on the right.
What we realized very quickly is that this game is all about the re-spins. Unlike other games that make you work for them, this game is so generous that roughly every fourth or fifth spin is a free re-spin. They really do come after every wild, even wilds that don't lead to a win. And those wilds come up very, very often.
When the wolf comes on screen, the icon box expands and a fight ensues. The first two times this happened, my guy got slaughtered. Then the third time it happened I killed the wolf and got a rage point for my male werewolf hunter – plus the icon turned wild, stayed sticky, and I got a free spin. This continued when I got the female werewolf hunter to win a fight against the wolf.
The relatively low number of icons is somewhat distracting. On a game of this level, there are usually many, many more icons. That said we'll trade fewer icon for more wilds and re-spins any day of the week.
When you get the male bonus icon on the left-hand reel and the female bonus icon on the right-hand reel, they expand and give you 10 free spins. During these free spins, you are much more likely to win a fight.
This also brings up a new angle to the game. You can now collect hunter points for your male and female werewolf hunter. When you get three for either one (we got the woman), you get free spins. Plus for additional plays, when she beat the werewolf, it gave us an entire reel of wilds instead of the normal one wild.
The game is a shockingly low variance for a highly developed game. We started with a balance of 11,000 credits. Over the course of our play, we never went lower than 10,800 credits and never higher than 11,650 credits.
In a bit of a feminist twist, our male werewolf hunter was awful at his job – getting killed during nearly every battle (except during the free spins). On the other hand, our female vampire hunter was great – winning nearly every battle.
When she finally got to 100 rage points, it triggered Hunter Free Spins. During this feature, every time the wolf came up and she defeated it, the icon turned not only itself into a wild but also the icon either directly above or below it into a wild. Because this also granted free spins, we ended up with about 20 free spins instead of the 10 promised by Hunter Free Spins.
Overall, this is a beautiful, fun game. It feels more like playing a real video game rather than a slot. Plus with the variance so low that you are not likely to lose a great deal of money. You probably won't win a lot either, but you are sure to have fun playing.
We give it 4.5 out of 5 stars. The only reason we don't give it a perfect rating is because of the paucity of icons involved in the game.