Very few slots become legendary. It is not an accolade handed out lightly in this day and age, but Microgaming's incredible Thunderstruck II slot is truly deserving of just such hallowed status.
The sequel to the original Thunderstruck slot, which itself was a massively popular game and certainly one of the best that Microgaming ever produced, was up against it from the start. How could Microgaming follow up such a cracker of a game? Well the answer was Thunderstruck II and from the day it was released it was an absolute winner with the fans. And now you too can try the game with 15 no deposit required free spins. Claim this offer now!
Yet when you load up the slot it is hard to imagine that this is one of the true legends of the online slot genre. You have a 5x3 reel slot which offers 243 ways to win rather than paylines (this was one of the first 243-ways to win games). The single line jackpot in the base game is a rather trifling 1000 coins, which doesn't appear much but it is how these wins can accumulate that is the genius behind Thunderstruck II.
You can wager with a coin size starting at 0.01 and you can wager between 1 and 10 coins per spin. The minimum bet size is 0.30, but you can increase the amount you wager considerably up to 0.05 per coin and 10 coins per payline, which gives you a maximum bet of 15.00. This puts Thunderstruck II firmly in the realm of the medium to lower stakes player.
The theme of the slot is the same as the original game which is the Norse Gods and mythology. The low value symbols on the reel are the playing card low symbols from 9 through to Ace. The higher value symbols are four of the great Norse Gods. Valkyrie, Loki, Odin and Thor. Other higher value symbols on the reels include the land of Asgaard and a Viking Longship although these don't pay out as much as the character payouts.
There is a Wild symbol on the reels, which is the Thunderstruck II logo, which can substitute for any of the higher or lower value symbols to create winning paylines and it also awards a 2x multiplier on every win it is part of. The Wild appears on every reel and if you land it across all five reels you can win the base game jackpot of 1,000 coins for that spin.
During the base game, there is also the Wildstorm feature which can activate at random on any spin. When this occurs the lightning will strike the reels and up to five of the reels will be turned Wild, which can lead to some massive wins, up to an incredible 2.4m coin jackpot if you manage to turn all five reels Wild.
This is part of the charm of the Thunderstruck II slot in that you can strike lucky with an absolutely massive win on any spin, at any time and regardless of how much you have wagered per spin. It is this which is one of the most appealing aspects of the slot.
In addition to the Wildstorm feature, you can also trigger a fantastic Free Spins bonus round when you land three or more of Thor's Hammer (Mjollnir) across the reels. This not only awards you a cash prize but triggers the free spins bonus round, the Hall of Spins.
Each of the four Norse gods depicted on the reels in the base game now have a bonus game available to play. You must play your way through the bonus features, unlocking them a set number of times in a session, to unlock each of the bonuses.
The first to fourth time you unlock free spins you will play through the Valkyrie bonus feature which sees you given 10 free spins and a 5x multiplier. You can re-trigger 10 Free Spins in this round by landing three more scatters during it.
The fifth time you trigger free spins, up until the ninth time you trigger it, you will play through the Loki bonus. Now you receive 15 free spins and the Wild Magic feature is in action on the reels. This sees the Wild Magic symbols present on the middle reel transform into extra Wilds on your free spins to give you a better chance of a big win.
When you hit the free spins round for the 10th to 14th time, then you will activate the Odin Bonus round. Now you get 20 free spins each time with the Wild Raven feature activated, which sees Odin's Ravven turn random symbols into 2x or 3x multipliers, plus if you land the two symbols together on a single winning payline, you can earn a 6x multiplier for that win.
Finally, trigger the free spins bonus 15 times or more and you play through the Thor bonus feature which offers 25 free spins with Rolling Reels in operation. This allows you to land consecutive wins from the same Spin and with each consecutive win, you increase the size of the multiplier applied to it from 2x up to 5x the win.
Once all four Free Spins levels have been unlocked, you are free to select which of the four Free Spins round you want to play on subsequent triggers of the bonus.
One of the best features of this slot is that the software will remember where you were up to from your last session on the game, so if you have hit Free Spins four times in a previous session, you load up the slot again a few days later and hit free spins again, then you'll play the Loki bonus, rather than have to go back and start with the Valkyrie bonus again.
With its massive jackpot prize, inventive game-play, oodles of bonuses and the ability to record your progress through the slot, it is easy to see why the Thunderstruck II slot quickly became the stuff of legend in the online gaming community. Why not see what the fuss is about by loading it up and giving yourself a few spins?
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