Bork The Berzerker, Monster-Killing Slots Game
Bork The Berzerker is a digital slots title from Thunderkick software set in the sword and sorcery world that is a popular theme in comic books and films. Title character Bork the Berserker is a muscle-bound, loincloth-wearing swinger of swords and other weapons, who spends the game killing a variety of monsters to save a beautiful girl. He bears more than a passing resemblance to Conan the Barbarian, although even Conan might find Bork a little too unsophisticated.
The title plays on five reels over three rows, with the reel frame suspended against a blood stained cave wall lit by firelight. The Thunderkick Auto Play options let players choose up to 5,000 spins, so long-term play is no problem. Bork The Berzerker features 25 fixed paylines. Since all 25 lines must be played on every spin, the game doesn’t bother with bet-per-line options; players can simply adjust the total bet, which is distributed evenly over all the lines for the purposes of determining prizes. Total bets can be set at 14 different levels, between 0.10 and 100.00, in the chosen currency.
Runes and Monsters on the Reels
There are no Poker values used in the Bork The Berzerker symbols; the lower-value prizes are won with a variety of runes, while higher-value symbols are a range of fantasy characters. They are most easily identified by their colours, and the prize values on the pay table are listed as set amounts according to the wager being played, rather than as multiples of the line bet. All prizes mentioned for comparison here will be based on the maximum bet of 100.00.
The Blue, Turquoise and Yellow Runes pay 100.00, 200.00 and 300.00, respectively, for combinations of five of a kind. All combos must start on Reel 1 and continue consecutively along a payline to win, with three of a kind or better required.
In rising order of value, the better-paying symbols are a blue Giant Octopus, a beige Horned Beast, a pink Hydra, a green Sea Creature, and the golden-tanned blonde Girl being menaced. She delivers the highest wins in regular play: 250.00, 500.00 or 5,000.00 for three, four or five of a kind.
Vampire Scatter Symbol Triggers Free Spins
A creepy, purple-lit Vampire, constantly trying to get his hands on the Girl, serves as the Bork The Berzerker Scatter symbol. Players need at least three of these, in any position on the reels, to trigger the free spins bonus round. Three Scatters activate 10 spins, four Scatters result in 20, and five Scatters deliver 30 free spins. It is possible for more than five Scatters to appear on a spin, and extra Scatters will increase the number of free spins, up to a maximum of 50.
Bork is the Expanding Wild
As the hero of Bork The Berzerker, Bork himself is the game’s Wild icon. This is usually a framed portrait of the hero, grinning oafishly, and only appears on Reels 2, 3 and 4. However, the Wild can take the place of any other symbol except the Scatter to complete a winning line, and when the Wild forms part of a winning payline, it expands to fill the entire reel. This not only increases the number of winning lines a player can complete, it also supplies the game’s best animated sequences. The full-length Bork slashes one of the monsters to bits, manga-style, in a welter of flying flesh and gore.