Valley of Gods 2
Yggdrasil, one of the world's most highly-regarded online slot developers really outdid themselves when coming up with a sequel for much-loved slot Valley of the Gods, this 2020 follow-up has taken what made the original so successful and have really upped-the-ante.
Despite coming across as pretty confusing and difficult to grasp at first glance, this 6-reel, 29,160 payline Egyptian-themed slot actually has a lot to offer players. If you're looking for a solid online slot game with unique mechanics, that once mastered can prove hugely enjoyable, then this is for you.
If there's one thing we can guarantee about almost any modern Yggdrasil slot release, it's that no matter what, it'll look absolutely fantastic. Valley of the Gods is certainly not an exception to the rule... As predicted, it looks and sounds exceptional!
The unusual 3-4-5-6-7-8 game reels are adorned with gold, those sections of the reels that are blocked out see a scarab symbol etched into them, whilst the others feature the heads of Egyptian gods such as Anubis, Horus, Sobek and Bastet. Low paying symbols are your stereotypical 9, 10, J, Q, K, A.
Behind the reels there are two sets of grand pillars that are have been beautifully painted, beyond those are pyramids and what looks to be a lush oasis.
In terms of sound, as is always the case with a heavily-themed game, you've got a stereotypical Egyptian soundtrack that fits perfectly. The pace of the music does pick up during spins and there are some very dramatic sounds whenever a win is picked up that keep players alert and excited.
Valley of the Gods is an unusual game, as mentioned earlier on in the review, the game is played on 3-4-5-6-7-8 game reels, with a portion of the symbols (16 in total) blocked out until winning spins are registered.
To the left of the reels there are three different bars that can be filled up, these are the Life, Wild and Multi bars. The Life bar is filled by collecting red scarabs, awarding players with 1 extra life. The Wild bar is filled by collecting 5 yellow scarabs, awarding players with a wild reel and finally the Multi bar is filled by collecting 5 blue scarabs, rewarding players with an increasing win multiplier.
Aside from the odd reel layout, everything else to do with Valley of the Gods 2 is pretty self-explanatory. The play button is bottom-centre of the screen, just below the reels, flanked either side by the 'Max Bet' button and the autospin (that allows players to start infinite spins). Players change their bet value using - and + buttons on the bottom left-hand side of the screen.
In terms of win potential, Valley of the Gods 2 is a pretty middle-of-the-road slot, it has an RTP of 96%, which is fair (and exactly as we'd hoped), whilst the maximum win playing this slot sits at 5,481x the player's initial stake, which is good, but nothing particularly mindblowing.
Valley of the Gods 2 is a lot of fun, everyone loves getting free re-spins, so a game that features re-spins after every single win is an absolute dream-come-true in our eyes. Yes, it can be a frustrating game, because you can be SO close to unlocking bonuses, and then it'll all come crumbling down... But that's kind of what makes this game so exciting.
If you can get past the confusing layout and slightly odd mechanics then we absolutely guarantee that you'll enjoy playing this beautifully designed Yggdrasil slot.