Mon, Jul 16, 7:46pm by Noah Taylor
Last Updated Thu, May 14, 3:38am
You always know a pokie is a good one when it spurns a sequel – which is exactly what Thunderstruck has done. The Microgaming classic centres around Thor, with all the game’s imagery related to the legendary Norse god. Joining Thor on the reels are his iconic hammer, a close up of his hand holding that hammer tight, lightning bolts through the clouds, his home of Asgard and a horn. A pair of Rams also play a leading role in the game.
Thunderstruck is a game which is ideal for those players who enjoy the chance to play for a range of stakes. With just 9 win-lines, the game is easy to follow, and if you want to play for as little as 9c per spin you can. Obviously, this stake can be increased, so you’ll be able to find the level you’re most comfortable with.
This pokie has one bonus feature – a free spins bonus round. This offers big winning opportunities as you’ll enjoy both a large number of spins and a multiplier. The wild symbol (represented by Thor) is also on hand to give any spin a winning boost.
Players can enjoy the opportunity to play Thunderstruck online in ‘free play’ or ‘fun’ mode. This is an ideal way to learn exactly how the game works before venturing in to play for real money. You’ll quickly learn when playing for free how the bonus feature is activated, as well as which symbols are the ones that pay the best. Of course, some players will simply want to enjoy the ‘fun’ version for entertainment.
In comparison to many other online pokies, Thunderstruck has a relatively simple set up. The game has a set number of 9 win-lines. This is lower than many other games, which gives the game its own advantages. With games featuring 30, 40 or 50 win-lines, it can be tough sometimes to know if you’ve won or not. With just 9 win-lines, you’ll learn those patterns quickly.
In terms of staking, you have the following options when it comes to the coin size: 1c, 2c, 5c, 10c, 20c, 25c, 50c and $1. Then you have the coins per line, which can range between 1 and 5. Put these together and you have a maximum stake of $45 ($1 coin at 5 coins per line, with 9 win-lines). You can set these values manually, or simply use the plus and minus buttons.
Thor’s hammer and the image showing Thor gripping the hammer are the highest paying symbols, each worth 750 coins when you line up five on a win line.
Alongside the themed symbols, you’ll also find a range of playing cards filling the reels. These are at the lower end of the paytable and have Aces and Kings having a top payout of 125 coins, while 9, 10, J and Q will payout 100 coins.
The game has one main bonus feature, which sees you awarded free spins. In addition, the wild symbol plays a leading role, with some huge wins and added multipliers in place.
So far, the only symbol not mentioned are the pair of rams. These purple-tinged rams act as the scatter symbol in the game. For a start, you’ll win a prize for 2 or more appearing anywhere on the reels. Just a couple will give you 18 coins (effectively the cost of 2 spins), while 3 or 4 pairs of rams will award you 45 and 180 coins respectively. Land the maximum 5 rams and you’ll win an impressive 4,500 coins! In addition, 3 or more scatter symbols also activate the free spins bonus feature.
When activating the feature, you’ll be awarded 15 free spins. While this is a high number, any win you land during the feature will be multiplied by 3. You can also retrigger the free spins with three or more scatters – adding 15 to your existing total of free spins. Retrigger the free spins and you’ll also gain that immediate scatter prize.
Thor himself acts as the game’s wild symbol. He looks side on out from the reels, looking slightly futuristic, wearing a metallic helmet. Thor is the highest paying symbol, with a huge payout of 10,000 coins if you’re lucky enough to line up 5 wilds in a row.
As the wild, this symbol will substitute for any other on the reels, apart from the ram bonus scatter. Any time you land a win with the wild symbol included – your prize will be doubled. For example, a 5 in a row win with Thor’s hammer with a wild included will pay 1,500 coins instead of 750.
There are no progressive jackpot wins available in Thunderstruck, however, the largest payout could be considered ‘jackpot’ like. For example, if you are playing for the maximum stake, you could be looking at an incredible $50,000 win if you land those five wilds in a row.
Yes, you’ll activate the free spins game when landing at least three ‘ram’ scatter symbols. 15 free spins will follow, with the bonus that any wins will be multiplied by three. You can even retrigger the free spins during the free spins.
Thor himself represents the wild symbol and will boost your winning chances on every spin. Any wild wins see the usual payout amount doubled.
Yes. Thunderstruck quickly built up a popular following online and was soon followed by Thunderstruck II. The sequel features very different gameplay, as the all-ways winning system is used. The game also introduces other Norse god characters into the game, who each play host to their own free spins features. With updated graphics too, if you enjoy this original Thunderstruck game, you should certainly give the sequel a spin.
No, the Thunderstruck pokie doesn’t feature a progressive jackpot. All the winning opportunities are displayed on the paytable. With a top win of 10,000 coins, you are straying into jackpot sized prize territory.