There’s something exciting and magical about the name Yggdrasil (even if we’re never quite sure how to pronounce it), and the Swedish company has cast a spell over the slots industry since their foundation in 2013.
The company is now an established name in the slots universe and they are best known for their innovative gameplay features, their incredible graphics, and also a series of games that make the most of the company’s Scandinavian connections.
The company now has a stable of around 100 games that are available in 17 licensed jurisdictions in Europe and at nearly 300 casinos.
Let’s take a look at the Yggdrasil story and tell you how to get the best experience out of their innovative and exciting slots
Yggdrasil has offices in Sweden (Stockholm), Krakow in Poland, Malta, and Gibraltar.
Sweden really is a massive centre for online video slots. And Malta and Gibraltar have both cut a swathe in the business by setting up “friendly” regulatory and tax rules – most companies have at least a base in Malta.
Yggdrasil was founded in 2013. In 2014, they were licensed by the Maltese authorities, launched iSENSE 2.0, won their first clients, and opened their home in Poland. In 2015 they launched a couple of industry-first marketing campaigns. In 2016 the company was licensed in the UK, Gibraltar, and Romania, set up the White Label Studios and a social media tool. The company went live in Italy in 2017, split off a Swedish parent company, and updated iSENSE among other things. In 2018 the first of the company’s table games were released. The company was bought out in 2019 and was reregulated by the Swedish gaming authorities. In 2020 they got licensed in the Isle of Man and launched a load of tools and products.
Yggdrasil now has 20 markets on its map. It has won a huge slate of awards, including Gaming Awards Innovator of the Year 2020, a prize it won the previous two years.
Where can you play Yggdrasil slots?
You’ll find Yggdrasil across the world’s regulated casino markets, including these big-name sites: William Hill, betsson group, Casumo, mr green, LottoLand, comeon! Gioco digitale, Lottomatica, SkillOnNet, bet365, GVC Holdings.
Licensing is the most important tool in the slot player’s arsenal when it comes to staying safe online.
Yggdrasil is licensed by the UK Gambling Commission in the UK, with a licence for Yggdrasil Gaming Sweden for the supply of gambling software; Yggdrasil Gaming Ltd has a remote casino operating licence, which allows the company to run casino games. Yggdrasil Gaming (Gibraltar) Ltd has the same licence.
The Malta Gaming Authority has licenced Yggdrasil Gaming Ltd with a service licence for business to business operations. It is also licensed in Romania, the Isle of Man, and Gibraltar.
Yggdrasil is a member of the Swedish Gambling Association, which has a set of ethics guidelines for its members. The company also supports a number of safety and security measures.
It has a certified RNG - the random number generator that is at the heart of all online video slots – and supports age verification systems, help lines for players, self-exclusion systems, certification for games, time-outs and reality checks, and jackpot amount limits.
Yggdrasil has a huge slate of games. Here we’ll look at the 10 biggest titles.
Detective stories make a natural fit with slot games, which model a quest or problem-solving venture in some ways. And what better ‘tec to have on the front of your game than the original (probably/nearly) and best fictional crime fighter, Sherlock Holmes. This game, released way back in September 2015 showcases a lot of things that typify Yggdrasil games, including complex game play. The maths first: theoretical return to player (RTP, the percentage of wagered money that should be returned to the players over the entire lifetime of the game) is 96.8%, with medium variance (this measure is formed by comparing how often wins are delivered against the size of wins – high volatility games deliver larger wins but pay out less often. These are attractive figures. They’re backed up with a big top prize of 600-times stake. There is a jackpot game with five prizes and a collection side game that increases your chance of hitting the jackpot. The game is a classic 5 by 3 grid video slot, with steam punk aesthetics. The pay table opens with card symbols, under magnifying glasses, a wallet, Watson, and Holmes. Diamonds are collected, and when you have five of the same colour you win a jackpot. Nice. Free spins are triggered via a key hold scatter. Shards build into diamonds and also trigger free spins rounds. The bonus symbols trigger a prize-hunt game that hides coins and shards.
This is another steam-punk style game taking the classic Victorian horror fascination with wolves and werewolves and throwing some superheroes into the mix. Wolf Hunters was released in 2018 and has as its stand-out extras, additional wilds and three different free spins rounds. Like all Yggdrasil games, it looks lovely with back-lit symbols on a 5 by 3 reel set and easy to understand game controls. The prizes are awarded along 20 pay lines, with diamonds, clubs, spades, and hearts at the bottom of the pay table. Then we have a dagger, a vial of magic liquid, a dog trap, and a wolf as the high paying symbols. Free spins come in three forms, Slayer, awarded in sets of 10 when the werewolf’s life points reduce to zero. Hunter spins are awarded via point collection. Scatters also award free spins. The game is medium to high-volatility with an rtp of 96.3% and a top prize of 2,324-times stake. Your stake can get up to 100 coins from an entry-level of 0.1 coins. There’s quite a lot going on in the gameplay here, so if you don’t already – and you should – make sure you read the rules.
This game came out in January 2019 and follows Yggdrasil’s usual virtues – great graphics, heavy theming (magic and steam punk), and great game play. The big features are special features in the free spins round and sticky wilds in free spins. The game is beautiful, seemingly set in a retro-futurist spaceship cabin. It’s a 5 by 3 grid game with card symbols under a skeleton, a Siamese cat, a crow-headed man, and a man with a huge moustache. A woman is a wild symbol, and she comes in a number of forms, which work with a collection function. You can collect wilds on each reel eventually winning a set of free spins. The game is complex and the rules should be read. Mathematically we have high volatility, 96% RTP, a very nice top prize of 11,821-times stake. You can gamble from 0.1 coins to 30 coins on 20 pay lines. One of the prettiest games you’ll see any year, Cazino Complex does live up to its name.
This very different game was released in April 2021 and shows the design staff at Yggdrasil has been studying more than just Norse mythology and steam punk stories. Big prizes are the big hook here, with five jackpots awarded via a bonus game, plus a free spins round. The reel sets are a-typical and expanding five reels and up to seven rows. That gives up to 243 ways to win. The RTP is 96% with high volatility and a top prize of 4,370-times stake. Betting is from 0.2 coins to 40 coins. There’s a lot here that is typical of Yggdrasil games, including very complex game play. Of course, the underwater world is beautifully rendered.
In July 2020 Yggdrasil took the journey back in time that every slots manufacturer must take – to Ancient Egypt, the home of ancient civilisation slots! Expanding stacked wilds and an unlimited multiplier are the biggest attraction in this beautiful game that is set in a museum packed with – if we’re honest about this – stolen colonial loot! The 5 by 3 reels are a beautiful stacking/tumbling set-up and like most tumble games we get respins on wins, to go with free spins rounds and that unlimited multiplier. RTP is 96.01%, variance is at the top end of medium and the top prize is 10,000-times stake.
The gods here are Egyptian again, and they come down from heaven bringing with them respins with extra pay lines, win multipliers, wild reels and more. Set on a unique reel set of six reels and up to 5 rows in the basic game, a busy screen tells you that a lot of features are going on here. The rtp is 96% with medium to high variance and a hit rate of 20. You can bet from 0.1 coins to 100 coins on the 240 pay lines in this game.
This classic is one of the Yggdrasil’s oldest games and it shows their love of their native Nordic lands with a set up that celebrates the rare fruits of the frozen north – and that freeze and respin for extra wins. It’s a very classic looking game with huge reels (5 by 3) filled with big symbols of beautifully drawn berries in front of a frozen lake scene. It has high volatility and an rtp of 96.7% with a top prize of 2,500-times stake. You can wager up to 200 coins on the 20 pay lines on this game. As it uses Flash you may need to update your browser or phone to play.
Going back in time we find the original of our Egyptian trip in this 2017 release that features all the things you would expect from an Egyptian game – gold, gods, and big prizes. The headline extras are a Life feature with collections and increasing multipliers. We also have a respin feature that opens up extra ways to win. The game takes place on a 5 by 5 grid with multiplier collection on the left, and life point collection on the right. Scarabs are the symbol players must collect to power up these features: five blue scarabs give you a multiplier point and five red ones give you a Life. RTP is 96.2%, variance is medium, and the top prize is 5,800-times stake. There are 3,125 ways to win on this big grid, with 10 symbols. The top prize is a 5,800-times stake and you can bet 0.5-coins to 150 coins.
Brazil means carnival in this case, and you get a very nice musical accompaniment to your game in this February 2020 release. A big grid of six by eight means cluster wins. There’s a prize of 6,218-times stake with an rtp of 96.3% in this high variance game, Multipliers are the biggest extra. Like most of these games, there’s a respin feature. There’s also a free spins round. A bomb can blow out symbols for another form of respin, all of which award multipliers.
Lucasfilm has lawyers we assume, but they didn’t apparently see the close links between this game and a certain fictional archaeologist. This is a jackpot game with five prizes, four different free spins triggers, and a bonus game. The game was released in May 2019 and fits into the Yggdrasil aesthetic and gameplay styles very nicely – steam punky, complex gameplay, collection features…. The rules of this game must be read as it is complex – though like all slots you can play with no background information. You select a character for the bonus game to try to win a cash prize. Free spins can award the jackpot via a gem collection mechanism, and you trigger the free spins via scatters, map collection, or via a prize pick game.
Yes, Yggdrasil games are licensed in a number of jurisdictions and the company is legitimate and trusted. You must make sure that you only use licensed and legal casino sites to play Yggdrasil games if you want to play for real money. You should also do some research on how to gamble safely as gambling addiction is a real thing that should not be taken lightly.
Look for licensed legitimate sites – sorry for repeating this – and check out their titles. You may find hosting sites listed at some review sites and affiliate sites. Many sites now allow players to list titles by developer, a useful feature we think. You can also check the partners list at the Yggdrasil website.
First you’ll need some money! Then you’ll need a way to move money online, which can be a bank account, a debit card, an e-wallet (for example PayPal or Skrill), or a pre-paid card. Some sites now accept crypto currencies. Then you’ll need a safe site to play at. That means one that is licensed and legal for you to play at in the legal jurisdiction you are playing from. Then you need an account, which will mean proving your identity, and possibly supplying identity documents like a driving licence or passport. Then you need to know you’re playing safely. So make sure you understand safe gambling rules and that you are playing only with money you can afford to lose. Then go ahead and have fun!
Most casino sites allow you to play games for free in demo mode. You will probably need an account to do this. Many demo and review sites carry free versions of games that cannot be played for real money. These sites may require you to prove your age – in reality this just means putting in your date of birth – before you can play gambling games. You can also usually play games at the developer’s own site.
You will need to be lucky! There is no trick to winning at slots which are governed by random numbers. As it is impossible to predict a random sequence there is no skill element in playing slots. The most important thing is to play safely.
Almost all casino sites offer bonuses and other offers. The most common is a welcome offer that may include free spins on Yggdrasil slots. You can find these offers by searching sites like ours and looking at casino news sites. New release games are always a good subject for bonus hunters. Look at the promotions page of the casino sites you use to see what offers they have. Almost all promotions have limits on how you can use prize money and are designed to deliver player eyeballs for long periods of time so learn how to use them safely.