Prepare for a cartoonish look at a tough guy with the Barbarian Gold slot from Iron Dog Studio. Set in a medieval world, the prizes are thankfully more up to date, with the chance to collect up to a potential x10,000.
There are plenty of barbarian-themed slots on the market, but Iron Dog Studio has opted for a lighter, more cartoonish theme. In truth, the barbarian at the centre of the action here looks a bit like He-Man on a bad hair day with a distinctly retro vibe. The wooden reels are set against a backdrop that includes a castle with turrets, making it all feel rather olde worlde.
The gameplay is set on a 5×3 grid which includes 20 fixed paylines. Betting is in the modest range, starting at 0.20 and increasing to a maximum of 20.00 total per spin. The RTP is just above the average at 96.3%, and the volatility is medium-high. This means that you should find a steady flow of prizes, but the larger payouts may be more elusive.
The symbols on the reels all come wrapped in a timber frame, adding to the primitive design. The low pays are made up of the playing card suits in shiny jewel colours. The premium symbols include a series of weapons that a barbarian might use, such as a morning star, axe and sword. The premiums also include a snake, an ogre, and a barbarian, a motley crew indeed!
Like many other slots, there is a wild symbol which can represent any of the regular pays to create a winning line. However, in Barbarian Gold, when the usual 1×1 wild lands, it transforms into an expanding wild and covers the full reel. More than one wild can land on the reels at once.
The skull is the scatter, and if you land 3, 4, or 5 at once, you’ll unlock the free spins bonus round. The number of free spins you receive depends on the number of scatters – there are 8, 10, or 12 up for grabs.
The free spins round moves to a different location; the turreted castle is gone and replaced by a Lava Cave. During the free spins round, a multiplier applies to any win, starting at +1 and increasing whenever a wild lands. The multiplier does not reset for the duration of the free spins round.
Scatters can also land during free spins, and if 3, 4, or 5 land, players will receive a further 4, 5, or 6 free spins. However, the gameplay will also move to the Gold Cave, where expanding wilds grant one extra spin as well as increasing the multiplier.
- Expanding wilds
- Dual level bonus round
- Free spins with increasing multiplier and extra spins
- Top win of x10,000
- Modest top bet
- Few bonus features
Players outside the UK can opt for the Feature Buy to get instant access to the free spins round. There are three different options: x100 for eight free spins, x150 for ten free spins or x200 for 12 free spins.
The barbarian is the most valuable symbol and pays x12.5 for a full line of five.
There is no limit on the increasing multiple during the free spins bonus round.
The RTP is 96.3%.