Nordic Heroes is an epic-fantasy themed slot game from IGT with 5 reels and 30 paylines. Available to play across all devices and from 30p to £600 a spin, this adventure of fortune is a Level Up Plus game where you can unlock content and win more due to the RTP % (return to player) increasing as you progress.

Playing at Thora (a skilled elf archer), there’s a Mystery Multiplier feature which is randomly triggered in the base game – a multiplier from 2x to 30x will be applied to your winnings. The more levels you progress within Nordic Heroes, the closer to the big 30x you will get.

About the Level Up Plus element – this was found in the Monopoly Plus slot game which is no longer available – basically there are 7 levels and 4 achievements to conquer. You will start off playing as Thora with Ragnar available after level 3 – you will then get access to unique weapons for Ragnar.

There’s more! You can choose 2 realms to play in: Forest of Fortune or Sea of Glory – each features different reel symbols, graphics, monsters and free spins features. Look out for the Battle Bonus feature which helps you level up to unlock a new character, realm, weapons and better Mystery Multipliers. Don’t worry though – your progress is saved for the next time you play Nordic Heroes.

This feature is activated by getting the Battle Bonus symbol on reels 1, 3 and 5 – you will get continuous free spins until your character runs out of health. After every free spin takes place, the battle reels spin where you aim to defeat the monster. If you defeat all 3 monsters, you are rewarded with up to 10 Victory Spins.

The Forest of Fortune realm has Roaming Wild symbols – a 2x Roaming Wild will apply on the 2nd monster battle with a 4x Roaming Wild applying on the 3rd monster battle. The Sea of Glory realm offers you a randomly-placed wild reel on each free spin (with reels 1, 2 or 3 wild in the 2nd monster battle and reel 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 in the 3rd monster battle).

It may sound confusing but it becomes pretty clear once you start playing Nordic Heroes – I found the variance to be on the lower side of medium though with 416 times your bet available on each free spin. The theme is excellent and the bigger wins will come once you level up as the RTP increases significantly. If you like the look and feel of Nordic Heroes, Microgaming’s Avalon II is pretty similar.