This writeup should start with something referring to “fans of Beowulf”, but, let’s face it, the fandom for the 1000-year-old epic Old English poem is probably pretty limited – and the Venn Diagram for Beowulf fans and pop-culture lovers must be miniscule. As for evidence, consider the huge-budget Hollywood flick of 2007 that drew fairly anemic box office ($196 million worldwide grossed on a $150 million budget)
Too bad for those who associate Beowulf with the drudgery of a boring high school English class, then, because this slots game is pretty well exciting – and all the text is in modern English!
Actually, this version by Pragmatic is just one of two such-titled slots – after all, the copyright on this first-millennium epic poem is well expired. The other was produced by the casino game software developers at Quickspin.
This Beowulf slots game is played on a 5x4 gameboard with 40 paylines; bet between 1¢ and $5 per payline.
In the “base game,” the reels are filled with what are essentially Viking symbols: the traditional Viking ship, the curved drinking vessel, etc. A red-haired babe is also here (that can’t be Grendel’s mother; she doesn't look a thing like Angelina) and (presumably) King Hrothgar. The wild symbol is simply labeled WILD and substitutes to potentially make up winning combinations. The scatter is symbolized by Beowulf’s gold shield – or perhaps it’s Grendel’s mother’s diaphragm – and this awards 10, 15 or 20 free spins when three, four or five, respectively, hit on a single spin.
But the symbol to look out for is of course Beowulf himself. In this slots game, Beowulf kicks as much ass as he does in the epic poem; this kingly figure acts as a stacked wild that can increase payouts, pay from right-to-left as well as left-to-right and can trigger the “Super Respin Feature.”
When the stacked Beowulf symbols fill the first reel, the "Super Respin Feature" is triggered. The regular reels are replaced with a second set of reels which contains nothing but empty squares and Beowulf symbols. The Beowulf symbols now become stacked sticky wilds and stay on-screen for the entirety of the bonus free spins. Each time a Beowulf symbol is hit (as opposed to an empty box), another free spin is awarded.
The lucky player who fills the screen with Beowulf symbols earns him- or herself some 100,000 coins, easily enough to rule Götaland!
So who needs high school English lit class? This version of Beowulf is not only relatively painfless, it can also pay you back, though perhaps not for the time spent trying to read the damn thing.