You really can’t compare Thunderstruck 2 to the original Thunderstruck slot. The newer game has proven to be a huge hit. It keeps the Norse myths theme. You will find Odin, Loki and Valkyrie on the reels – alongside Thor. MicroGaming have created an atmospheric game with plenty of special effects. At the same time this slot maintains a grittiness that you’d associate with ancient times in the frozen north.
When you trigger a bonus, you’ll enter the ‘Great Hall of Spins’. Here you get to choose from 4 different free spins games, each with different benefits. These are themed on the gods, with new graphics and music for each. You will sometimes find things getting lively in the base game too, when a ‘wild storm’ hits.
Instead of win-lines, Thunderstruck 2 uses an all-ways system. This keeps things simple, you need to line up 3+ symbol starting in the left-hand reel to win. You can bet from 30c and up for all the 243 winning combinations. A coin multiplier of up to 10x is possible, and you can also raise your coin size.
Thunderstruck 2 logos are the highest paying symbol. You will get 1000 coins for 5 of a kind, 200 coins for 4 and 75 coins for 3. Remember that all-ways slots give often involve multiple wins from a single spin – which balances out the smaller individual line hits.
This logo is also a wild symbol, substituting for everything except for Thor’s hammer (the special bonus symbol).
Higher paying regular symbols are headed up by Thor, he looks regal in a winged helmet. This is worth 500 coins for 5. Two other gods come next, with Odin worth 450 coins and Loki worth 400. The bonus symbol (hammer), Valkyrie and Asgard come next – with a Viking style ship completing the winning symbols.
Playing card symbols are beautifully styled to fit the theme. Aces down to nines are in play to make up those smaller wins.
At random, you will hear thunder and see dark clouds rolling in. A helmeted warrior then jumps in front of the reels. You get one or more wild reels (full of lightning) as a result, with the remaining reels spinning normally. With some luck, the all-ways system can help you win some big prizes here.
3 or more hammer symbols will trigger a free spins bonus. This is where Thunderstruck 2 really comes into its own. The options are progressive, you get to choose from more of them after you have entered the hall a few times.
You get to choose from the following:
Valkyrie Free Spins: You get 10 spins, with any wins multiplied by 5.
Loki Free Spins: 15 Spins this time. There are two extras; first, reels will respin up to 4 times at random. Second, wild magic adds wilds to the reels. Like all the other games the music and effects are character based.
Odin Free Spins: This bonus gives you 20 free spins. Two ravens move around above the reels. Occasionally, they swoop down onto the reels, adding multiplier wilds (2x or 3x). If you get both ravens at the same time, these multipliers combine for 6x wins.
Thor Free Spins: Rolling reels go along with 25 spins for this Thor themed bonus. Each consecutive rolling win has a multiplier – up to 5x.
Movie soundtrack music, swirling designs around the reels and jarring sudden sound effects combine to make this a beautifully produced game. The symbols are detailed, and will animate when you win with them. You’ll find the bonus games have music suited to each character. The background changes colour too.
Best of all from a design perspective is the Wild Storm random feature. You’ll be shocked by the sudden changes the first couple of times this kicks in.
Thunderstruck 2 is one of those slots where you’ll quickly realise why it is so popular. The balance between quality production and depth of game-play is there. It does not interrupt you with features and gimmicks too often. When it does (via the Great Hall of Spins), you will find interesting variations in the game play – and the opportunity for some big wins. There is enough variety to let you cycle through the different bonus games – before you decide on a favourite. The progressive nature of the features means that you will unlock more options for bonus games the longer you play.