After receiving their first license in 2013, Yggdrasil Gaming has embarked on a memorable journey of creativity and innovation, building up their own dimension of original releases and unique characters and paving the way for other online gaming visionaries. Run by one of the former NetEnt’s crucial figures, Fredrik Elmqvist, the company soon emerged as a serious competitor to the already acclaimed developers on the market.
With its blend of classic elements and modern approach to the conventional gaming offer, Yggdrasil managed to conquer the traditional market, but their true strength was unveiled with launching original releases such as Chibeasties, Vikings Go Wild, Magic Mushrooms and others. Their recent editions proved to be so successful that the company decided to launch sequels, marking a new era of 3D video slot design.
Chibeasties is probably one of the most beautifully executed slots from Yggdrasil, taking the player inside the magical realm of fantastic Chibeastie creatures and original bonuses. As a visual mixture of Japanese Pokemon Manga series and Kawaii anime, Chibeasties is a 5 reel, 20 paylines slot, with capturing audio and accentuated fairytale atmosphere, perfectly in sync with the overall Yggdrasil mythical concept.
For the developer, the background story and quality graphics are as important as the game structure and bonuses. Classic fruit slots with no specific theme simply don’t cut it any more for the sophisticated players of today; Yggdrasil took the challenge seriously and responded to the demand of the general public by generating its own universe, easily recognizable thanks to the company’s unique style.
Amazing graphics are of course not a compensation for other important elements and Chibeasties can be quite generous with their free spins and payouts. The highest value symbols can generate 750 coins for the combination of five and up to 40 free spins can be awarded if the bonus symbols land anywhere on the reels.
Following the success of the original release, Chibeasties 2 slot has been released, once again opening the portal to magical world of these adorable creatures. The successful formula is left intact and the story centres around the same characters, introducing additional bonus features along the way.
The structure of the slot also remains the same; 5 reel and 20 paylines, only this time enriched with additional bonus features and 4 magical realms which the player selects at the beginning of the game.
Each of the realms – Expanding, Spreading, Teleporting and Mirroring – features a specific type of Wild symbol that changes itself in a certain way after landing the reels in order to affect the final outcome and increase the winning odds.
This is not the end of bonus features in Chibeasties 2 – mutation of the Wilds into Combo Wilds can happen either after the special feature activation or within the main game. Free spins icon can initiate sessions of 7, 15 and 30 Free spins, during which all Wilds will mutate and become Combo Wilds.
Still one of the most successful Yggdrasil releases, Vikings Go Berzerk comes with one of a kind Rage meter that allows the player to accumulate “rage” energy after every winning combination. When enough rage is accumulated, free spins will be awarded in Berzerk mode, where the Vikings battle the Mermaid and transform into a Sticky Wild. Once this round is ended, a random Ragnarok Free Spins bonus is unlocked and all the Vikings go into the Berzerk Mode, with the chance of winning Treasure Chests.
Interesting new features and massive payout potential ($500,000) have earned quite a few positive ratings to Vikings go Berzerk, making it even more popular than its predecessor Vikings go Wild, released in 2015.
For those hot summer days, Ygdrassil has decided to treat us all with Spina Colada, a 5 reels and 25 lines slot with “freeze and re-spin” feature, characteristic for Yggdrasil releases. This feature allows the player to freeze the winning combination and spins for as long as the frozen symbols keep landing on the reels. Throughout the game, different colour feature caps will be awarded – collecting four in the same colour will activate 4 additional spins.
Apart from triggering extra spins, each of the caps unlocks a different type of special feature, such as 2nd Chance, Full Line, Extra Wild and Guaranteed Win x3 features.
In 2nd Chance, the player gets an extra winning symbol at the end of the round, while the Full line starts with a pre-awarded winning combination. Something similar happens within Extra Wilds Feature where the rounds starts with 2 free Wilds. Guaranteed Win x3 mode is activated by the yellow cap, repeating the spins until the winning combination is generated and then multiplying it by 3.
Power Plant is probably the best example of Yggdrasil’s creative team visionary and innovative approach. By introducing iSENSE 2.0+, the company has revolutionized the market and created a perfect platform for the innovations to follow. The integration started with Power Plant, a 5 reel slot with 82 paylines, Portrait mode and Feature Respins placed against futuristic industrial background.
The Feature Respin is triggered with Full Wild Stack and includes adding extra symbols or features to existing combinations, super-stacking standard symbols, turning a random symbol into a Wild or nudging the reels to improve the winning odds.
More importantly, the game enables the player to launch the game in portrait instead of the landscape mode, providing an entirely different gaming experience thanks to iSENSE 2.0+, optimization to Retina Display and Force Touch technologies.