Normally when games are based on Norse mythology the central characters are Thor, Odin and Loki, it is refreshing to see Play’n Go centre a game around a female deity. Players thinking that leaning away from the usual characters will have any effect on gameplay are mistake, Freya bring as much excitement to the reels as her male counterparts and more.
But does this slot lead to Valhalla or Ragnarök for players?
Behind the play grid of this Nordic slot players can see lush, green grass and small trees in the background as what looks like a fjord between steep hills lies behind the reels. Protruding from either side of the screen the ornately carved figureheads of Viking longboats can be seen as a decorated wooden border surrounds the reels. Above the grid the games title stands in Nordic-style font of gold and below it the betting stake, spin and other feature buttons can be found.
There are 20 paylines available in The faces of Freya with a grid of 5-reels and 3-rows to play off. The symbols players can see on the reel include the card suits carved into different coloured stone runes as the lower value symbols. The higher paying main game symbols include an axe and shield, Freyas bracelet, the wildcats that pulled her chariot and a boar. The Goddess of war herself plays this slots Wild symbol and her famous necklace, Brisingamen as this games Scatter.
The bonus round players can hope to unlock are all based on Free Spins in The faces of Freya, there are 4 bonus Free Spin rounds that can be unlocked by the Scatter symbol. Of these bonus rounds there are 3 lesser games that offer 6 free spin each with various different features that add even more to the round. In the Spins of War free spins round a bonus multiplier of between 2x and 20x for every win that is achieved during the 6 spins. Next, the Spins of Sorcery bonus round can upgrade the wild cats, axe and boar symbols to an even higher value. Finally, the Spins of Love adds 2-5 Wild symbols to the reels that will help players make even more lines; a maximum 1 per reel is placed. For every Scatter that lands during the bonus round an extra spin is added.
The big Free Spins round is called Folkvang that is unlocked by landing 4-5 Scatters, it can reward up to 18-19 spins during 4 levels of Scatter collection. Level 1 gives 5 spins where the axe symbol is upgraded to the boar, 3 Scatter upgraded the boar to the wild cats and 5 the wild cats to the bracelet. Level 2 gives 5 spins with 2 random Wilds per spin, collect a further 3, 5 or 7 Scatters to receive 3, 4 or 5 Wilds. Level 3 offers 5 spins with a multiplier rising from 2x to 3x, 5x,10x and 20x after 3, 5, 7 and 9 Scatter are collected. Level 4 rewards you 3 or 4 spins depending on the number of Scatters the bonus round was started by, during these all of the modifiers achieved so far will be activated at once.
I think we have proven that The Faces of Freya has a lot to offer players, in particular the free spins round is very exciting. The visual features are great, the background changes during the bonus rounds are particularly interesting and really bring the game to life.