Intro: Game Theme
Norse deities seem to be all the rage in recent years. Scandinavian mythology has offered inspiration to a great deal of writers, artists and developers over the years. Their long and sometimes very weird stories makes excellent material to borrow from. This has led to figures like Thor to be very popular in today’s culture. Something Microgaming takes full advantage of in their Thunderstruck slot! In terms of special features, players can make use of a free spins round and a Wild. Both of which are equipped with a multiplier that increases prizes!
This game came out in the distant year of 2004, so graphics are not the very best out there. That said, we were quite impressed with how well it held up. The background is that of a cloudy sky, with ominous dark-grey clouds all around the reels. No hints of thunder just yet, but it looks like it could break out at any moment! Symbol designs are also done quite well. Playing card royals are customised to make them fit the theme. The rest of the icons borrow from Norse mythology and create a gorgeous title.
- RTP: 96.10%
- Betting Range: £0.09 – £45.00
- Max Win: £300,000
- Similar Slots: Thunderstruck II, Hall of Gods, Fluffy Favourites
How it Works
You play this release on a five-reel board with nine fixed paylines. Individual paylines cannot be turned on or off in order to adjust your wager. To win, punters need to find three or more identical symbols next to one another, starting with the leftmost reel. All winning combinations must then follow one of the nine active paylines, or else they will not grant a prize. The layout is kept super simple, which we quite like. Players can spin the reels or change their total bet using the plus and minus buttons. You can also click on Bet directly, and adjust your wager using coin size and coins per line sliders. On the left side of the screen, you have the settings and paytable options. You can bet between £0.09 and £45 on each spin.
As we already mentioned, the icon designs available in Thunderstruck are awesome. It goes to show even playing card royals can mesh well with the theme if given a bit of extra attention. 9, 10, J, Q, K and A will all appear on the board, serving as low value symbols. Higher value icons include a horn, lightning, Asgard, Thor gripping his hammer, and Thor’s Hammer. Thor himself serves as a Wild, and is the highest paying symbol in the slot. Meanwhile, the two rams act as a Scatter icon. There are no other special symbols available.
Find three or more Scatters to win fifteen free spins. Once activated, you can win additional free spins! Land three or more Scatters while the bonus is being played to earn yourself another fifteen free spins. Scatters also pay a cash prize on top of activating the free spins round. Two, three, four or five Scatters pay 2x, 5x, 20x and 500x, respectively. During this special feature, all winning combinations have their payouts tripled! All bets and paylines are played at the same level as the spin that started the bonus.
Thor serves as the Wild in this game. He is able to substitute for any icon except for Scatters. Furthermore, when a winning combination occurs with a Wild replacing a symbol, its payout will be doubled! The Wild has to participate in the win in order to grant its 2x Wild; just being on the reels is not enough. This 2x multiplier can also be combined with the fact all payouts during free spins are tripled. This allows punters to boost their payouts by 6x, and is the only possible way to score the max win.
Finally, players can choose to gamble after winning. If you decide to go through with the Gamble, you need to predict the colour or suit of the facedown card correctly. Guessing the right card colour doubles your reward, while guessing the right suit quadruples it! However, guessing wrong means you lose everything.
Some titles never go out of style. Thunderstruck was launched ages ago, and it remains one of Microgaming’s most popular releases. It did have a bit of its thunder stolen by Thunderstruck II, but the original still holds up. The special features are simple by design, and can offer some great payouts. Combined with an above-average RTP and a medium variance, this slot will keep you spinning for hours.