What Kind of Slot is Thunderstruck II?
Although there are many other slot games with five reels, Thunderstruck II stands a Norse God amongst mere mortals. As one of Microgaming’s finest high-variance slots, it has always been the go-to game for those that are prepared to make a serious investment. Boasting 243 different win methods and excellent potential rewards, Thunderstruck II is available at most reputable online casinos in Canada.
Although it bears some similarity to its predecessor Thunderstruck, it is many times better, and a thorough improvement in every department possible. Like many video slots, it is themed on a specific element of popular culture. While other slot games may focus on modern classics like Game of Thrones, Thunderstruck II goes even further back in time, with Norse mythology the overriding theme. Rich, thunderous sounds are a domineering effect, but one that only serves to excite, and users live to wait for the sudden bolt of lightning that sends reels wild and opens up the possibility of a big win!
A dramatic opening sequence greets the player on startup, with the mind-blowing visuals taking first-time players by surprise. But that is only the beginning…
Betting and Winning Symbols
Unlike other five-reel slots, the real money is won through specific symbolic combinations, rather than the usual paylines one would expect from a high-variance slot. The coin value (a wager, of 1, 2 or 5 cents) must first be selected by the player, and then choose to play 1-10 coins on a spin. Every coin is 30x the value of each coin played, meaning that every spin will cost between 30 cents and C$15. For ease of use, players can ‘Bet Max’, and for those prepared to invest, such an action is a must. Ultimately, betting to the ‘Max’ makes the game a lot more interesting and the potential rewards far more significant.
The ‘scatter’ symbol is Thor’s mighty hammer and the ‘wild’ is the official Thunderstruck II logo. What the scatter symbol does is worth a section on its own, but any appearance of the ‘wild’ symbol (for the benefit of those unfamiliar with slots) will cause another reel to morph at random, and increase the chances of a more satisfying combination, while also doubling any winnings.
One of the game’s most brilliant and distinguishing features is the possibility of lightning striking at random. Although the ‘Wildstorm’ feature nullifies any appearance of the wild symbol, it turns all five reels into expanding ‘wilds’, making it possible to win the maximum jackpot of 2.4m coins (approximate maximum: C$120,000).
Thunderstruck II Free Spins: Feature in Focus
Although winning combinations are commonplace, Thunderstruck II’s game changer is the ‘Great Hall of Spins’, which combines the usual free spins feature on a slot game with a progressive jackpot-style system for extra excitement and the potential to win something massive. The game is triggered when a spin produces three or more Bonus Hammer (scatter) symbols. The ‘progressive’ element stems from the fact that every fifth time the ‘Great Hall’ game is triggered, the prizes get progressively bigger.
Each game has a unique name. They are, in ascending order, as follows:
Valkyrie – Triggered by the first appearance of three Hammers.
- Player gets 10x free spins, 5x multiplier
Loki – Fifth appearance
- 15x free spins & ‘Wild Magic feature’
The Wild Magic feature creates 15 free spins. In this bonus game, the Wild Magic symbol appears in the third (central) reel. It will cause symbols to randomly transform, and increase the chances of a user getting even more free spins.
Odin – Tenth appearance
- 20x free spins, 3x max multiplier & ‘Odin’s Ravens’
The Wild Raven gives the user 20 free spins. Odin’s Ravens cause random symbols to turn into double or treble multipliers. The appearance of both the Wild Raven and Odin’s Ravens multiplies winnings by six.
Thor – Fifteenth appearance
- 25x free spins, 5x max multiplier & ‘Rolling Reels’
The appearance of a Rolling Reels bonus gives the user 25 free spins. In this game, multipliers double, treble, quadruple and (finally) quintruple the winnings with consecutive wins.
Q: What is so great about Microgaming games?
A: Having formed in 1994 and pioneered evolutions in online casino gamse, Microgaming’s reputation is solid gold. Not only are the games universally popular and well-received, the company also adheres to the code of ethics that all certified members of eCobra (of which it was a founding member) must follow.
Q: How will I know when I have received a ‘big win’?
A: A box pops up displaying your total payout. For added joy, gold coins will scatter across the screen.
Q: Do all wins pay left to right?
A: Yes, except for the Hammer (scatter) symbol. All it takes is three appearances to trigger the free spins feature, via which more winnings can be made.
Q: Is there any way I can make this thing go faster?
A: Yes. By switching from Regular to Expert mode, you can opt to ‘autoplay’, setting vital stipulations such as the maximum number of autoplay spins (up to 500) and when to stop (for instance, you can make autoplay stop for winnings of up to C$9,999).