Dare to open the portal to all things dark and twisted in Yggdrasil Gaming’s Dark Vortex online slot sporting 5 reels and between 243 – 3125 ways to win. The win-all-ways video slot offers lucrative potential as wins can form from left to right, and right to left, in addition to standard 5-of-a-kind wins that pays from the left-hand side. But that’s not all, the foreboding game also has a realm of clever features to further boost your thrills, such as Stacked Wilds, Stacked High Pay Symbols, free-spin enhancing Orbs, and the ability to buy your way straight into the Vortex Free Spins bonus game.
Game symbols include 5 different coloured books (low value) as well as 5 different coloured monsters (high value).
The red monster is the most rewarding, giving you 6x your stake for 5 on an active payline.
There is a wild symbol (gold coloured “wild”) that replaces all other symbols except the Vortex and Orb symbols to assist you in creating winning combinations.
This is the game’s main attraction and is triggered when landing two of the Vortex symbols on adjacent reels. Those reels then become Vortex Reels (containing stacked wild symbols and stacked high-value symbols) and your potential to win increases dramatically as you enter a 5x5 grid and activate the 3125 ways-to-win. You will also be awarded with 3 Vortex Spins. During this feature you can get two additional spins whenever another Vortex symbol appears adjacent to the existing ones.
If you’re able to open all five Vortex reels before running out of spins, you’ll trigger free spins, which are awarded with the collected orbs; -
During the Vortex Reels feature, blue and pink orb symbols can appear:
Pink Orbs: For every pink orb collected an additional wild will be added to the three middle reels during the free spins, and they only land on Vortex reels 1 and 5.
Blue Orbs: These appear on reels 2, 3 and 4, and determine the number of free spins. Every time the Vortex opens, 5 blue orbs are automatically awarded.
Bottom line – The Vortex Free Spins feature is a lot more lucrative if you can collect plenty of pink and blue orbs!
Buy-in Bonus Feature
With this unique feature, you can buy your way directly into the Vortex Free Spins rounds. It will cost you 80x your stake to activate the free spins with a Pick and Click game. First, you have to select a card to determine the wild stack size and then you’ll pick another card to determine the number of free spins you’ll get. You can play with up to 20 free spins and get up to 10 high wild stacks!
Dark Vortex is pretty impressive and has a lot going on – which can become a little confusing when the 5x5 grid kicks in. We recommend you read up on the paytable first, so that you understand how the winning combinations are made up. Obviously the more you play the game and trigger the feature, the faster you’ll get a handle on how it all works. And if you’re either out of luck or just a little impatient, the buy-in option to the bonus game is a great idea!