ThunderStruck 2 Slots
The original ThunderStruck is now more than 10 years old, and has been replaced by the updated ThunderStruck 2 in 2010. The latest version of this game has become one of the most-played slots anywhere online. It combines the latest 243-way action, with bonus system which unlocks new and better bonuses the more than you spin. Based on the legends of Thor, including many characters from Norse myths – and of course, the famous hammer.
This review of Thunderstruck will focus on the extremely popular updated version – though I have also included a look back at the original below. First of all the game-play and basic setup of the slot is outlined. After that the bonus features, which include the excellent ‘Hall of Spins’ are described. The old version overview comes next, followed by a summary of the game and how it compares to the competition.
How to Play Thunderstruck 2
This is a 243-way slot, which means you will not have to choose the number of win-lines to play before you spin. Any combinations of symbols which are adjacent on the reels starting from the left hand side give you a win.
You still get to choose the number of coins, which is multiplied by 30 to give you the spin cost. These can range from 1c to 25c, giving you a range of 30c to $7.50c per spin. The smaller wins come via card symbols, with a longboat, hammer and the gods themselves all contributing bigger win amounts. The Thunderstruck 2 logo is a substitute – which doubles wins where it appears too. Alongside giving you some wins, the hammer symbol acts as a scatter – with 3 giving you entry into the best feature of this game – the ‘Great Hall of Spins’.
Thunderstruck advertises that you can win up to 2.4 million coins per spin, this would involve hitting features and getting a succession of big wins (or covering the screens in wilds). During the non-featured play the wins are more modest, which is great for keeping the game low-variance while you wait for the features to hit.
Feature Rounds on Thunderstruck 2
There are two types of feature round in this game. First the randomly triggered ‘Wildstorm’ and then the 4 levels of special bonus rounds which are included in the Great Hall of Spins.
Wildstorm causes one or more of the reels to expand and become completely wild from top to bottom. You’ll then have a free spin. Just one or two reels are all it takes to get some nice wins booked. If you are lucky enough to get 4 or even all 5 then you’ll be winning a lot of coins!
The Great Hall of Spins gives you access to different bonus features the more times you enter it. For the first 4 times you only get the Valkyrie bonus, 5+ gets you Loki, 10+ Odin and from your 15th Visit you get the top feature based on Thor himself.
These are free-spin rounds, though each one has an extra feature tagged on to make the games more interesting. Valkyrie is 10 spins with a 5x multiplier. Loki is 15 spins with wild magic symbols (which turn others into extra wilds). Odin gets you 20 spins, where a raven symbol gives your wins multipliers. Finally the Thor bonus, where consecutive wins increase your multiplier up to 5x. This includes rolling reels, where the winning symbols disappear, allowing the reels to move down to (hopefully) show more wins.
The Original Thunderstruck
This was a 9 win-line slot with 5 reels which was released in 2004. It still has fans today, despite being superseded with the latest games. This has some retro-charm, and does include a free spin feature which gives you a 3x multiplier. You can gamble your wins after the free spins round in a 50/50 red / black game.
If you enjoy the simple and relaxing slot games, then this one has aged better than most and is still entertaining to play.
Some people note that the lack of a jackpot (particularly a progressive) is a drawback of Thunderstruck 2. I disagree, there are plenty of opportunities to win, with the ‘Wildstorm’ feature capable of giving you a huge win at any moment – plus some lucrative feature rounds.
With 243 way technology and smooth game-play, this slot hits the right balance between features and regular wins. It is reasonably low variance too. Considering this was released 4 years ago, the game still feels fresh and new. Newer titles coming out have video clips and interactive feature rounds which take the games to a whole new level. These also require more concentration and effort than many of the more straight-forward games.
Thunderstruck 2 is one of the most popular slots around – make sure that you check it out for yourself!