SlotsJudge team conducted an exclusive interview with Julian Borg-Barthet, the Chief Commercial Officer of Lady Luck Games, to find out more information about the company's newest release - Valholl Wild Hammers! Additionally, we are excited to find out what other grand plans Lady Luck Games, has for the future!
Hello! Congratulations on the release of Valholl Wild Hammers. Firstly, can you talk us through your decision to create a rebooted version of Valholl Hall of the Slain?
Thank you for your kind words, developing Valholl Wild Hammers has been a real blast and our entire team are incredibly proud of the game they’ve created. The decision to reboot Hall of the Slain came about because we knew we had something special with the original and we wanted players to experience the same game, adjusted for a modern audience.
A lot has changed in three years, player expectations are much higher and mechanics and features that worked then aren’t necessarily very popular today. We want to deliver the best product possible, and we know that players will enjoy an upgraded version of Valholl Hall of the Slain.
First of all, I would like to mention that our first slot about Nordic Gods, Valholl Hole of the Slain, was a great success. The graphics, music, and mostly bonuses made this game a real gem in the very demanding slot world. But iGaming industry is changing very rapidly. Features that were popular 3years ago not necessarily meets super high expectations of today's players. The industry shuffled quite a lot past three years. A lot of new studios opened to take a piece of the gaming cake. We try our best to make sure we deliver the best possible product on the market, and since the first part of Valholl was received so well, we`ve decided to upgrade this version.
We loved the fact that wild hammers appear on top of the reels on every single spin, meaning that there were always exciting bonus features to look forward to. Which one of the three features was your personal favourite and why?
There’s no doubt about it, my favourite feature is the Wild Hammer Free spins! In order to trigger this lucrative feature players will need to see two Wild Hammers appear above reels one and six, this sees them automatically receive 10 free spins.
During the feature the Wild Hammers shoot lightning onto the game reels, converting symbols into sticky wilds. If a Wild symbol will be hit by lighting, it will get a multiplier. Landing Wild symbols on all 6 reels will give players 5 additional free spins.
This is my favourite feature as we’ve taken the classic free spins bonus that players know and love and built on it by adding the sticky wilds, leading to multipliers. If there’s something every single player out there enjoys seeing it is most definitely multipliers!
My favourite feature is definitely Wild Hammers Free Spins! Why? That question is easy! Let me explain this exciting feature. To trigger the Free Spins, the hammers need to land over reels 1 and 6, and a player will be rewarded with 10 Free Spins. During the Free Spins game the Hammers will shoot lightning onto the reels, which will convert 1-2 symbols into a Sticky Wilds. These will remain o reels during the entire Free Spins round. If Wild symbol is hit by lightning it will get a multiplier, that will be added to any payline win that is connected with that Wild. If a Wild is received on all six reels, an extra 5 Free Spins will be added. Impatient players can use the Buy Bonus, to get to the Wild Hammers Free Spins, or they can choose Loki`s Mischiefs, which I am going to talk about in the next question. Max win in this game is 17,000x bet.
Can you tell us about the other two bonus features players can trigger in Valholl Wild Hammers?
Firstly, we have the Wild Lightning feature, which sees entire game reels converted into wilds, which can prove to be incredibly lucrative should high-paying symbols land. Secondly, we have the Loki’s Mischief feature, which sees two symbols picked, they’re then converted into the highest paying of the two, or in some cases into wilds. Both features are triggered by the Wild Hammers landing on both reels and adjacent reels respectively.
First of all those two Hammers take the leading role in, as they are not only in the game title, but, as we already know, can trigger one of the three features. One of which is Wild Lightning, triggered by both Hammers landing over the same reel. This will convert the entire reel into Wilds. If both Hammers land on the adjacent reels, Loki`s Mischiefs feature is triggered. Two symbols will be picked on those reels, they will be converted into the highest paying of the two, or in some cases into Wilds.
The Lady Luck Games team are known for thinking outside the box and creating unconventional games, what would you say makes Valholl Wild Hammers stand out from other releases?
As you mentioned, we really do like to think outside the box when creating new gaming content. After releasing a whole host of unconventional games with unique mechanics, such as Mr Alchemister with pipes mechanics, Rooftop Fight with only two symbols and Madame Clues with just one symbol, we`ve decided to get back to the roots to balance our content.
So, in the case of Valholl Wild Hammers players will get to enjoy a more traditional 6-reel, 20 payline slot, which we think will go down well. What makes this game really stand out are the outstanding graphics, great music and gripping bonus features, with the Wild Hammers being pivotal to the player’s overall enjoyment of the game.
As you mentioned we really like to think outside the box in creating new gaming content. After releasing unconventional games, with unique mechanics, such as Mr. Alchemister with pipes mechanics, Rooftop Fight with only two symbols, or Madame Clues with just one symbol we`ve decided to get back to the roots to balance our content. So, in the case of Valholl Wild Hammers, we`ll see 6 reels and 20 paylines, which is quite popular. What makes the game really stand out are the outstanding graphics, great music, and bonus features. I believe that the fact that hammers are involved in triggering all three features, depending on where they land, is really smart and fun.
Can you give us a sneak peek at what’s next for Lady Luck Games?
In the next year or so we’re going to start seeing our co-development agreement with King Features Syndicate come to life, starting with the release of Beetle Bailey later this month.
Beetle Bailey is a branded slot based on the famous US cartoon of the same name. This slot boasts great appeal thanks to its iconic branding, straightforward gameplay, and lucrative bonus features. This is just the first in a string of top-quality branded slots coming to players in the next twelve months, so watch this space as we’ve got some real gems on the way that you won’t want to miss!
We have quite a lot of very interesting projects for 2022 and 2023. In December of last year, we`ve signed a three-year co-development agreement with King Features Syndicate, a unit of Hearst. We are very pleased to announce that after months of hard work, dedication, and collaboration with mathematicians, the development team, artists, and designers the first game of this exclusive partnership will be released. Beetle Bailey`s release is scheduled for a month from now on. We are sure that this branded game about lazy private Bailey will be received very well in the industry.