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THUNDERSTRUCK 2 SLOT REVIEW


New thunderstruck THUNDERSTRUCK 2 is the long awaited follow up to original Thunderstruck slot, which has consistently been one of the most popular games from games from Microgaming , even although it is now around 10 years old.
If you liked the Thor movie, you will love this game. There are 4 different bonuses, each based upon the Norse Gods - Odin, Valkyrie, Thor and his brother Loki - the god of mischief.

Thunderstruck was one of the very first games with a 15 free spin bonus round, and perfect gameplay balance. Rather than paying out lots of meaningless small wins, it focuses more on less frequent larger wins.. whenever you hit the feature you knew you had a fair chance of a good sized prize.
The original game also had great atmosphere with superb graphics and sound effects - especially the sizzling lightning crackles when players got 2 or 3 Scatter Rams.

The game designers at MG software have obviously put a lot of care and attention into producing a sequel for such a popular game.


big win   Lots of winning combinations with 243 winlines.


TECHNICAL DETAILS

The new Thunderstuck slot has much more detailed graphics and animations, to take advantage of the increase in capacity of personal computers over the last few years . Slots designers have to allow for the lowest common standard when designing games. But these days, even the cheapest PCs tend to have plenty of power to allow much more detail. Animations are much smoother - like little movies, compared to simple animated gifs.
The game size is also increased to the common 1024x768 screen size instead of the smaller 800x600 pixels that the previous generation of casino games had.
You can smoothly scale up the graphics to full screen size, so it looks great on whatever monitor you have.

The better effects make the game more interesting to play, even when you're not winning.
Some slots can get pretty boring if you are having a dry spell without many wins - With modern slots such as this, at least there is some interesting effects, animations and music to keep things interesting.
But obviously a few big wins makes things much more exciting :)


WILDSTORM

wildstorm   wild storm bonus

The randomly triggered Wildstorm feature shows the god THOR appearing with thunder and lightning effects.
Thor transforms several reels, one at a time, so they are filled up entirely with Wilds. It's pretty thrilling to see a whole bunch of symbols turning wild, especially on the middle reels.
The most reels we achieved yet is 3 out of 5 reels turning entirely wild.
Unfortunately we were playing at only 30p a spin at the time but it still produced a nice win of £120

There are some potentially huge wins that can be enabled here - as there are 243 possible winlines.
You can win the jackpot of 2,400,000 coins if Thor turns all 5 reels wild during a free spin round (when all wins are multiplied by 5)



GREAT HALL OF SPINS
 
hall of spins feature

This is the place you enter if you get 3 Bonus Scatters.
Each one of the 4 Norse gods has their own bonus feature that is unlocked, the longer you play the game.
A progress bar above the reels shows how close you are to unlocking a new feature.
Once you have opened up each feature, you can choose to play any of them whenever you get the bonus.
Our favourites were Loki's bonus and Thor's bonus.

feature bonus Valkyries bonus

This is the simplest bonus and is available the first time you enter the Hall of Spins.
You win 10 free spins with a 5x multiplier. The free spins can be retriggered if you get another 3 Bonus Hammer scatter symbols.

play thunderstruck slot Loki's Bonus

Unlocked after 5 bonus rounds. #
15 free spins with a 'Wild Magic' symbol that can appear on the centre reel.
The reels turn a green tint, and Loki's quirky harp music starts playing in the background.. Each God has their own musical theme - a nice touch.
The Wild Magic symbol beams out flashes of light to other surrounding reels, turning them wild also..

loki win   Nice win on the Loki bonus game.



odin Odins' Bonus

Unlocked after 10 bonus rounds.
20 free spins with Odins 2 pet ravens perched at the top of the reels. After a win, one or both ravens will swoop down and turn symbols into multipliers, increasing your win up to 6x.

thor Thor's Bonus

Unlocked after 15 bonus rounds.
25 free spins with Rolling Reels. This is similar to the Tumbling Reels feature on Da Vinci Diamonds - the famous casino slot, and was also previously seen on the Tombraider 2 game.
There is some awesome background music with a pounding rock anthem and rousing orchestral strings.

After a win, the symbols above fall down into place - bejeweled style.
Each time this happens, the win multiplier also moves up a notch, up to 5x maximum.
You can have win after win in the one spin if you are lucky.
Just one note though - there is a different reelset on this feature, with less of the high paying symbols and more of the J,Q,K, A card symbols - so it is harder to get the really big wins here.
This is the feature to take if you want a guaranteed mid-sized win, as lots of the smaller wins soon add up to a nice total prize, and you do have highest number of free spins here.

thor bonus   Winning lines explode and are replaced by falling symbols..

TIP - If you really want to unlock all the features as soon as possible, then play hundreds of spins on AUTOPLAY with the lowest coin value.
You can leave the casino playing in the background, returning only when a bonus is to be played.

No feature has higher payout rates than the other though, - they all have the same equivalent payout chances.
Unlocking each characters feature still adds a lot of variety and interest to the game, and although you will soon have your favorite feature that you prefer, its good to have the ability to mix it up and try the alternative ones whenever you want.

ACHIEVEMENTS

This is the first slot game we have played that shows 'win achievements'
Whenever you look at the paytable, the wins you have made are turned to gold - 3,4, 5 of a kind for each symbol.
Wins made with wildcard symbols don't count for achievements - it has to be a 'clean' win made up entirely of the same symbol.
Although there is no real purpose to these achievments apart from keeping track of your winnings, it is still a nice touch to see the 'ACHIEVEMENT UNLOCKED' sign appear whenever you unlock a new winning combination for each symbol.
Perhaps future slots will add cash prizes or bonuses as a reward for win achievements..


VERDICT

This is one of the most entertaining slots released for some time, and has the potential for some huge jackpot prizes during the feature games.
Well worth a few spins at your favourite casino that licenses the popular Microgaming casino software.
Good luck !!



UPDATE - If you like this game, then check out the vampire themed IMMORTAL ROMANCE, which is built with the same 'game engine' and plays in a similar way with 4 different bonus levels to be unlocked one at a time. The graphics and sounds are fantastic.


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