The original Thunderstruck video slot game has managed to get a massive following during its time on the market, so the fact that Microgaming decided to push the popularity of the series by launching Thunderstruck II should not come as a big surprise. Thankfully, Thunderstruck II is not just a follow-up version of a profitable venture that should bring its developers even more money. On the contrary – Thunderstruck II is a top-notch slot that would be very popular even without its predecessor. Just about everything is better this time around – and numerous exciting surprises are waiting for the fans of the original game.
Theme and Graphics
Gone are the old-school graphics from the game’s predecessor – Thunderstruck II is a modern game and naturally features some truly modern visuals. The theme is still the same, however, so you can look forward to symbols that depict gods from Nordic mythology. The important scatter symbol carries the image of the legendary hammer, which is quite appropriate given how much you can win thanks to it. And we also should not forget to mention that your Nordic adventure will be accompanied by dramatic music at all times – yes, the atmosphere is very fitting and remarkably beautiful.
Thunderstruck II comes with brand new gameplay mechanics that are even better than those that players could find in the original game. First of all, Thunderstruck II has 243 permanently enabled paylines, meaning that there are even more possibilities for winning lines.
The wild symbol, which features the game’s logo, completes winning lines by substituting for any regular symbols and also doubles payouts from those combinations.
There is also the scatter symbol, which is used for the Great Hall of Spins bonus game. In total, there are four different bonuses, some of which can only be activated after some time. However, that challenge is well worth the effort, as the rewards are incredibly generous. For example, the Odin bonus gives you twenty free spins and activates wild ravens, which can randomly turn symbols into 2x or 3x multipliers (and you can combine that for a 6x multiplier).
The randomly activated Wild Storm bonus can also surprise you from time to time by transforming up to five reels into wilds. And, to top things off, all your winnings are tracked in the special “achievements” feature.
Fans of the original game that were expecting to find more of the same in this second edition might be a bit disappointed, since the new game is a bit different in many important respects. For example, Thunderstruck II is a game with less variance than Thunderstruck and some people might not like this intriguing change. On the other hand, we are sure that some people will love those changes and that Thunderstruck II is going to attract many new players to this exciting series. One thing is clear – Thunderstruck II is a great addition to the Microgaming’s ever-growing repertoire of superb video slots.