Thu, Jun 27, 12:55am by Noah Taylor
Last Updated Mon, Oct 7, 11:19pm
The Thunder Hits series from Ainsworth is made up of the following three pokie games – Thunder Hits Diamonds, Thunder Hits Dragons and Thunder Hits Eyes. Each of the three slots share the same progressive jackpots. They also playing host to a free games bonus feature, the free games differing slightly from pokie to pokie.
In this casino pokie review, the focus will be on Thunder Hits Eyes, with the main differences between the three games highlighted. You’ll find the free spins bonus is easy to retrigger, giving you maximum opportunity to take advantage of the stacked wilds. Here are the key features of Ainsworth’s Thunder Hits Eyes:
The jewel symbol acts as the scatter in Thunder Hits Eyes. Land 3, 4 or 5 scatter symbols and you’ll enter the free spins bonus feature. This will see you awarded 10 free spins. Each of the spins features stacked wilds on reels 3, 4 and 5 and these land on those reels regularly. With all of those wilds on the reels, the large 5 in a row wins are that much more likely. If you cover all 3 reels with them, you are about to be paid on all 20 win-lines.
Retriggering these free spins is easier than on many pokies. If you get 2 scatters, you’ll get 5 extra spins – with 10 more for 3 or more of the jewel symbols.
In Thunder Hits Diamonds the bonus feature is more complex. This feature has 5 options, including a multiplier of up to 10x and stacked bonus symbols.
Thunder Hits Dragons features up to 25 free games with easy retriggers and also has the stacked bonus symbols.
While Ainsworth market the Thunder Hits pokies as a distinctive range of games, winning the jackpots will feel instantly familiar if you have played their pokies before.
They use the same tried and trusted 5 of a kind wins system as many other Ainsworth jackpot games.
To win you need a ‘clean’ 5 of a kind win (one without wild symbols). The symbols on reel 5 involved in this win need to have a special black frame. If you win with the high paying symbols + frame, you get the biggest (Grand) jackpot, mid-paying and low paying symbols get you the smaller amounts for the Major and Minor jackpots.
If you do get a wild in your win, you can win the smaller jackpot bonus prizes instead.
While this is not an original jackpot system, it can certainly add some excitement to the base game. The good news is that you get paid for your 5 of a kind line hit, as well as the jackpot!
This Ainsworth designed pokie features a five-reel set up and 20 win-lines over a regular 5×3 reel setup. Thunder Hits Eyes contains a series of enchanting symbols including a haunted house, an orange moon against the night, a curved blade, a camel and a scorpion. The playing card symbols 10, J, Q, K and A complete the lower end of the pay table.
Those piercing blue eyes act as the wild symbol and will substitute for any other symbol in the game apart from the scatter (with those extra wilds in the feature).
Thunder Hits Eyes features lightning piercing the night sky in the backdrop to the reels, as well as a balcony with a vantage point to the moon rising in the sky. This game certainly has an air of mystery, with the impressive design suggesting intrigue, darkness and even murder!
A similar high quality of design is found at both the Diamond and Dragons versions of the game. While the game play is very similar, each game has its own set of symbols and striking individual design.
The Thunder Hits range of games offer exciting and involving game play. With those progressive jackpots, there’s an added thrill on every spin – just line up those 5 symbols in a row with the black frame and you could land a windfall in moments. The different free games features each offer something unique, whether it’s stacked wilds, easy retriggers and multipliers. Whichever of these three Ainsworth pokies you pick, the Thunder Hits range is not to be missed.