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The wombat says: We do love a Nordic themed slot here at Wombat Towers, and Thunderstruck 2 has got to be the best Viking-legend game out there. It really has stood the test of time against newer Norse slots like the Asgardian Stones slot and Valhalla. Yup, we’ve got the whole lot of them here at Wombat Casino!
As you’d probably imagine this game is similar to the original Thunderstruck, but the main difference twixt the two is that the sequel ThunderStruck II slot is much heavier on the bonus features – but more on all those exciting extras later.
Slots aren’t the only place you’ll find Viking legends on your screens though Wombat fans; The Marvel movie franchise that includes Thor, Thor: Dark World and Thor: Raganarok have propelled the Norse gods deep into our imagnations too! Mrs Wombat is a big fan of these movies that star that fellow Aussie Liam Hemsworth, we’re not sure why, we think the bloke is a galah.
Anyway, enough of the chit chat! Without further ado lets launch straight in to this classic game and see what all the fuss is about.
About the developer
Microgaming were the first slot makers, and have been around since 1994 which is when they introduced the first ever online casino. Fast forward 4 years the slot wizards turned their hands to making slots (the first being Cash Splash) -and they haven’t looked back. Since then, these UK based games masters have gone on to release some of this wombat’s fave online slots including the HBO hit Game of Thrones slot, blockbuster inspired game Jurassic Park and underwater themed Mermaid’s Millions! And they just keep on releasing new games every month…
Look and Feel
All in all, the 3D animations on Thunderstruck 2 are fantastic and paved the way for newer games like Hot as Hades slot – sadly those old fashioned one armed bandit fruit machines with the lemons and cherries on the reels just don’t cut it these days! Instead it’s all about cinematic soundtracks and Pixar sharp graphics.
You might also notice that Thor’s beard is a bit on the wispy side, which lets the side down a bit. However his dad – now he’s sporting a hell of beard! Odin, you big old hipster, you!
Beards aside, Thunderstruck II remains of our favourite slot games of all time here at Wombat Towers. It comes with 5 reels, 3 rows and is 243 Ways to Win release like other Microgaming titles such as the Bikini Party slot. Other Ways to Win games you might want to take a look at include the newer Lost Vegas slot (a blood thirsty zombie game) and the Playboy slot.
243 Ways to Win this means is that here are no paylines here, instead you can land your wins by matching symbols on any neighbouring rows going from left to right of the reels. Hurrah!
Your symbols on the reels include: a Viking longship, the home of the Gods – Valhalla, Valkyrie, Loki, Odin and Thor. These are joined by the standard playing card symbols 9, 10, J, Q, K & A that make up your lower value symbols.
Thor’s hammer is the scatter symbol in this slot and the Thunderstruck II logo symbol is wild in this game. It will do the usual job of standing in for all symbols on the reels except for Thor’s hammer icon to make up extra winning combos for you. And there’s more more good news. If the Wild symbol does manage to substitute for a win, your payout is doubled. Hurrah and thank you Thor, you Norse legend!
Wild Symbols and Wildstorm
The characters in this slot are pretty wild, and the Wildstorm feature is a randomly activated bonus that will really get your heart racing. Wildstorm can turn up to 5 reels wild and as you can imagine, when this hits, you are in for a good payout. The game goes nuts!
The only downer is that you cannot trigger free spins during Wildstorm. I suppose that would be too greedy (maybe they’ll do that on the Thunderstruck 3 slot. Now when is that coming out I wonder?)
Great Hall of Spins and Bonus Features
But let’s talk freebies shall we? Because if you are going really to make some money in this slot, then the real daddy to aim for is the free spins round (which is called the Great Hall of Spins).
For this, you’ll need to land at least 3 of Thor’s hammers. You’ll hear them drop in with a resounding “Thunk!” Just thinking about it makes my wombat fur stand on end. “If I had a hammer….”
If you get in to the Great Hall of Spins more than once, you will start to unlock new bonus features – and this bonus is multi-level meaning it gets more profitable the longer you play the game and the higher you progress.
As Thor himself says, “Multiple Entries into the Great Hall of Spins Will Sequentially Unlock Further Bonus Features”. Well we’re not too sure that he did ever really say that, but it sounds good to these wombat ears.
There are 4 separate bonus levels in Thunderstruck 2, which is one of the reasons that we like the game so much! And here they are:
The Valkyrie is a Norse goddess who sports an iron bra that would make 1990s Madonna raise an eyebrow or two- the most famous Valkyrie is a beautiful blonde called Freyja: there she is to the left flying around with her knee high boots on. Apparently these are no encumbrance whatsoever…
In general, don’t mess with Valkyries as they decide who dies in battle! But in the Thunderstruck 2 slot, there is no need for you to worry as this nice Nordic goddess in the Valkyrie Bonus will give you 10 free spins plus a highly generous 5x multiplier on any of your wins. Yes please!
In the Valkyrie bonus, you can also re-trigger the free spins (which just so happens to be one of our fave features in a slot), so it gets a big ‘paws in the air’ from us. To do it you’ll need to land another 3x or more of Thor’s Scatter hammers.
Loki is the naughty God of Norse legends- he likes the odd tipple of mead, and he’s a bit of a ladies man too (he sounds a bit like this Wombat). He even got Thor to dress up as the bride-to-be of a giant. That didn’t go too well for the giant, as you can imagine.
Once you have hit the 5th trigger of the bonus round (or 5 Valkyrie levels), you’ll have the option of levelling up to the Loki Bonus which means you will receive 15 free spins with a Wild Magic Feature. The Wild Magic symbol may appear on the middle reel and this symbol will randomly turn other symbols into extra wilds.
In this round, if you land 2x, 3x, 4x or 5x more hammers during your goes you’ll get 1, 2, 3 or 4 more free spins respectively.
Let’s talk about Odin shall we? Now he’s really got a beard to be proud of.
This wombat can imagine him strutting around in London’s Shoreditch setting up billion dollar unicorn companies and drinking a lot of chai lattes.
Odin is also one of the most important characters in the Norse legends- the ruler of Asgard and a fully signed up member of the Æsir (Norse Pantheon). And in Thunderstruck II slot, he’ll be on to hand to grant you wins after the 10th trigger of the bonus rounds (or 5 Loki levels). The Odin Bonus will give you 20x free spins with a Wild Raven Bonus – this cool extra sees swooping ravens appear onto the reels which randomly turn other symbols into 2x, 3x or 4x multipliers.
Keep your eyes peeled for 2x ravens, as you’ll need hold on to your seat if they do appear on the reels you might even get your chops round a 6x multiplier. Those black ravens give this wombat the heebie jeebies, even though they are a generous bunch!
And last, but definitely not least, comes Thor who’s so famous that he’s the star of his own Hollywood blockbuster (see above). Thor is that muscly wispy beardy dude – the one and only Norse god of thunder. It’s Thor’s hammer (the Mjöllnir) that you’ll need to land to enter into the Great Hall of Spins in the first place. Well, you’ll need 3 of them to be precise… Thor is the son of Odin and Jörd ( a female giant in case you were wondering).
You will be able to choose to play the Thor bonus after 15 triggers of the bonus feature (or 15 Loki levels). Thor comes with 25 free spins with Rolling Reels as an added extra. After a win, the winning symbols vanish into thin air, and the symbols above drop into their place, enabling you to notch up successive wins if your luck is in (think avalanche symbols in Gonzo’s Quest).
Plus, after each win, the multiplier will go up from 2x to 3x to 4x to 5x.
Play Thunderstruck 2 on Mobile
You can play Thunderstruck II as a free demo or in real play mode on your mobile, tablet, laptop or desktop. So you can mingle with the gods while you’re on the go or stuck at your desk.
Yes, you’ll be glad to hear that Microgming have optimised this game for most screen sizes, so if you want to Wild Storm on the bus, you can. And who doesn’t?
Thunderstruck II slot looks amazing on all the newest devices that you’ll find on the market including the latest iPhones, Samsung and Google Pixel mobile phones as well as on all tablets. And it plays like a dream too.
That’s about it! Take the demo for a spin and then claim your bonus and play this excellent game for real. It’s entertainment of the highest order!
Thunderstruck 2 is a medium variance slot, which means you’ll find some decent wins in the base game – but it’s worth bearing in mind that you’ll need to put down some cash to stay in the action. Still, with a return to player rate of 96% to 97% you’ll deffo be making your money back.
FYI wombat fans: The Free Spins are pretty hard to trigger but when you do, you’ll think you’ve arrived in ruddy Valhalla yourselves, as there really are some massive wins on offer.
We love it, love it, love it! We don’t give many games top marks, but this was an easy score to give out, especially when it plays so well on a mobile.
It gets a big paws up from us, not only for its rich Nordic Legends theme, but also for the outstanding graphics and game-play that have both stood the test of time.
Thunderstruck 2 slot might have been out for a while, but it was a real trail-blazer when it was first launched and we reckon it still cuts the mustard.