If some things are constant in online slots design, then it should include the enduring popularity of Norse mythology. I’m talking about Thor, the lightning and his hammer, Odin, the other gods, and just about anything and everything related to the mythology. There have been several slots designed in its honor with varying popularity. What comes to my mind is Thunderstruck from Microgaming, a colorful Norse-themed slot machine that’s not just entertaining but equally lucrative too.
Now, another similarly-themed game is here and ready to play: Thunderstruck Wild Lightning slot. Production of a small studio called Stormcraft Studios, this game is offered as a 5-reel, 4-reels, and 40 fixed paylines with Thor as the Wild and the hammer as the Scatter, which serves as the key to feature selection. In this epic slot adventure, you can collect Free Spins, follow the blue Thunderball symbols and enter the LINK&WIN™ bonus where you can win up to 15,000x your bet! Thunderstruck Wild Lightning is ready to entertain and offer lucrative payouts with high volatility and almost cinematic visuals.
Although this slot game comes from a small studio, the game and inspiration go a long way back. Upon checking the vendor’s official website, I found out that this slot is a follow-up to the widely popular Thunderstruck II slot from Microgaming. As a Norse-themed slot based on the two early Thunderstruck, this new game reintroduces the same theme and character but focuses on exciting mechanics and cinematic graphics.
On the surface, the game is good-looking and impressive. However, a complete review is in order. Before we proceed with the game’s mechanics and features, I’ll take a look first at its pros and cons below:
This game offers exceptional production values that promise to elevate the slot experience. Playable on all devices, the Thunderstruck Wild Lightning boasts colorful paying symbols, 3D visuals, and a good-looking Thor, and a Marvel-like playing environment. I also appreciate the vendor’s use of a custom soundtrack to accompany the game. I think this is a nice touch to the game and, with its rock and anthemic theme, adds more value to the gaming experience.
This slot is obviously better than the first two Thunderstruck slot machines in terms of graphics and production values. Thor is the only deity here, and the action happens in a 5×5 grid. As the Wild, Thor can appear in a 2×2 size, thus dominating the screen and boosting your potential payouts.
To start the game, you need to decide first on the bet per spin that ranges from 0.20 up to 16.00 credits. This is a low and friendly betting range for me and should work for all players, especially beginners. Once you have set up your bet, just click the ‘Spin’ button that’s located on the right side of the screen. On this Betting Menu, you can also find buttons for ‘Turbo Mode’ and ‘Autoplay’ which allows you to speed up the spins (without affecting the randomness of the results) or set a few spins in advance.
The Norse gods are dropped in this game with only Thor as the primary character and five World Stones as premium items. Your primary goal here is to land at least three identical symbols from the left and huge payouts will come from premium symbols. For the World Stones, the payouts range from 5x up to 25x your bet. There are runic carved playing card suits that pay 2x up to 3x your bet for a five-of-a-kind.
You may be mesmerized by Thor’s action on the reels or the soundtrack the game uses in the background, but the spotlight here is on the bonuses. For example, the Free Spins selection bonus allows players to select the free game’s combo that they want with varying volatility and Multipliers. You can activate this feature by landing three or more Scatters anywhere on the screen. If this happens, you can choose one from the options below:
If you can collect 20 2x Scatters on the reels, you can activate the game’s Wild Storm Free Spins and transform up to five reels into Wilds in a single spin. Finally, there’s the LINK&WIN™ feature that’s activated with at least six Thunderball symbols. Here, you can collect cash prizes, and when all reels are filled up, you win up to 15,000x your bet!
Thunderstruck I and II slots are already classics in the industry, thanks to their theme and exciting features. Now, a sequel is here, and it promises more features and 3D visuals. In my review, Thunderstruck Wild Lightning delivers in terms of the use of 3D visuals, a cool soundtrack that you can even stream on Spotify, and an exciting set of features. The free games are a standard offer in slots, but the game’s appeal lies in its LINK WIN™ where you can win a huge payout of up to 15,000x your bet!