With the sequel to this game – Thunderstruck 2 – being such a huge hit, playing this one does feel like a step back in time. What you will find is that the original Thunderstruck, based on Norse myths, is an older, though still very playable 9-reel slot. The design is striking. You’ll find Thor’s hammer, a Viking and an imposing castle (presumably Asgard) on the reels.
Free spins are the key bonus feature. These come with a big win multiplier, that can send the already large top prize sky high. You will also get a multiplier on the base game – for all wins which include Thor.
When video slots were new, 9 win-lines was a standard number. This game lets you choose the default 9, or go even lower. You can bet from 10c a line and up – and play up to 5 coins per line. There are 5 reels, each with 3 rows of symbols. There is a bet max button, which will default to 5 coins per line and 9 lines at your current coin size.
Thor stares to the left, looking stern. This symbol has the biggest line prize, and is also a wild (will substitute for the other symbols). If you line up 5 Thor symbols, 10,000 coins will come your way. 4 of these are worth 2,000 coins – with 200 coins for 3 and 10 coins for just 2.
As a wild, Thor will double any win that he becomes a part of. He does not substitute for the Rams scatter symbols.
The higher paying symbols are all based on Norse myths. There is a hammer, which pays 750 coins for the maximum 5. A hand holding a sword handle, also worth 750, and the castle – worth 400 coins. Higher paying symbols are completed by some forked lightning (250) and a horn (250).
I like the design of the playing card ‘filler’ symbols in this game. These are over cracked ice, and have a golden glow about them. Aces down to 9’s are in play.
Scatter symbols have an unusual design, showing the heads of 2 rams. The prize for 5 of these anywhere in view is big. You will win 500 times your total bet amount. 4 rams get you 20x, 3 pays 5x and you get 2x your total bet for just 2.
You will get 15 free spins with 3+ Rams, this number does not increase if you trigger with 4 or 5.
During your free spins, there is some atmospheric pulsating music effects. Better still, any win you trigger is tripled. Thor still has his 2x multiplier, meaning that wins with wilds are now worth 6x what is listed on the pay table. The biggest 5-Thor prize is now a generous 30,000 coins.
You can retrigger this bonus with 3+ of the Ram symbols.
While you will quickly see this is an older slot, the design is still impressive. Symbols are larger than usual, and take up the whole screen – with no room for background graphics. Those playing card symbols give this slot a different look. Thor is the stand out symbol. When you win with him his blonde hair becomes animated, blowing in the wind. The hammer symbol, a classic in Norse Myths, also caught my eye.
Sound effects are typical of an earlier online slot. At the time, people were used to mechanical games, and the sound effects reflect this. When you spin there is a whirring, like real reels would make. There are bleeps for wins. The atmosphere is improved by a drumming in the background, which proves some tension to the game.
While the design is impressive for the age of the slot, seeing this together with Thunderstruck 2 is a stark reminder of how far slot designs have come in the last 15 years!
For those who like solid, unfussy online slots – the original Thunderstruck still holds its own. This 9-reel game has big line wins, bigger than usual scatter wins and a dramatic look and feel. The highlight is the free spins game. If you get some big hits during this, while wins are tripled, you could be ‘struck’ with a big win. This slot has been updated. The newer Thunderstruck 2 is one of the most popular slots in the MicroGaming portfolio. Whether for solid slot gaming, or just to see where it all started – there are still some good reasons to play this original game.