Most English-speaking players will have heard of Beowulf before. Of course, we’re not talking about the Ray Winston film (although that is based on the same story), we’re talking about the epic Old English poem, which many believe is the first poem ever written in the English language.
Pragmatic Play have chosen to take on the mighty theme of Beowulf in their slot machine of the same name. This is certainly not an easy task, and evidently, it is one that Pragmatic Play have failed to live up to. Why?
Pragmatic Play hasn’t really developed any thematic imagery to their Beowulf slot. The two central characters in this slot are surely supposed to represent Beowulf – hero of the Geats, and Hrothgar, King of the Danes. However, they could just as well as be any warrior from the time.
The monster Grendel, his mother, and the Beowulf slaying dragon are all absent from the slot. How you can have a Beowulf slot without Grendel is beyond us. Instead, the Beowulf slot is more like a so-so Viking themed game, with Norse imagery present throughout but no real Beowulf-themed symbols. That’s not the best start to any game taking on a theme as grand as this.
How to play it
Beowulf is not going to be an overly expensive slot to play, though neither is it for those players operating on a shoestring budget.
The slot will see you choosing coin values which stem from $0.01 up to $0.50 in all and betting as many as 10 of those per line. There are 40 paylines present in the Beowulf slot, but you cannot adjust them. Players are likely to see wagers which range from a floor of $0.40 per spin, up to a ceiling of $200 a spin on the Beowulf slot machine then.
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How much can you win?
With wagers as vast as that, you will expect a good return on your winnings then, won’t you? Players can win 2,500 coins by lining up 5 Beowulf icons on a payline, although there is a feature in this slot which can see the symbols appear stacked.
Land 5 stacked Beowulf icons across the screen and you could win a cash prize worth 100,000x your line bet. Not total bet mind you, just your line bet.
Wild symbols: Players will find that wild symbols take on the form of some strange green gemstones. These symbols can substitute for all symbols in the game, but not for scatter icons.
Scatter symbols: Those scatter icons can take the form of sword/shield icons. When they do appear on the reels 3 or more times, players can pocket scatter cash prizes which stem from 1x your total bet, up to 25x your total bet. Land 3 or more of them on the reels and you will also trigger a free spins bonus round.
Beowulf symbols: As we’ve said, the Beowulf icon is the best-paying symbol in the slot. As well as that, Beowulf can also offer you the chance to trigger a Super Re-Spin bonus when he appears 4 times stacked on the reels.
Free spins / Bonus features
Super Re-Spin feature: In the Super Re-Spin feature, players can use the Beowulf icons to land big wins. No other symbols appear on the reels during this feature. You can land additional Re-Spins by locating more Beowulf icons, and if you land 5 stacked on the reels you’ll win the top prize, as we’ve said.
Free spins bonus: If you are fortunate enough to land 3, 4 or 5 of the scatter icons on the reels, you will trigger the Beowulf free spins bonus, which offers 10, 15 or 20 free spins. No multipliers are added to your winnings in this bonus.
Overall experience and final thoughts
Pragmatic Play’s Beowulf is a decent slot when it comes to features, but it lacks behind other Beowulf games when it comes to theme and imagery.
The way that Beowulf has been designed makes it like virtually every other Viking themed slot, and there is precious little to identify this slot with the epic saga, save for its title.
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