Thunderstruck II Review:
Thunderstruck II is a hugely successful video slot machine by Microgaming and a follow-up to the original Thunderstruck, was also very successful in its own right. Thunderstruck II stands out in particular because it is the slot machine that made Microgaming’s 243-way approach so popular, and the company now uses that configuration on all of its major releases, including The Dark Knight Rises.
Graphics & Audio
Thunderstruck II tells a story about Thor, his father Odin, his half-brother Loki and a number of other Asgardians. There is little doubt that the part of the initial goal with this game was to cash in on the release of the movie Thor by Marvel Studios, but Microgaming managed to create a game with a very unique and engaging artistic style. It is also features a wonderfully diverse soundtrack, which is one of the big features of the game. Since this is a slot machine you can easily play for hours at a time.
Thunderstruck II features five spinning reels and 243 ways to win. Ways are similar to pay lines except that the player does not have to activate them on an individual basis. In fact, all 243 ways are active for each and every spin, including free spins. To offset this advantage to the player, there is a 30x bet multiplier in play. In other words, while the small coin size is $0.01, the small bet is actually $0.30. The bet multiplier essentially serves as the traditional bet lines, and a player can bet up to 10 coins per line, which means that the high bet is $15.
The Thunderstruck II slot game offers a number of special features, including multipliers, wild symbols and scatter symbols. Mjolnir serves as the primary scatter symbol, and it is particularly lucrative because three or more unlock a Free Spins round within the Great Hall. Each time the Great Hall is accessed this way, the player ascends to a new tier, which increases the multiplier and the number of free spins awarded. There are also new special features on each tier, such as rolling reels on the elusive Thor tier.
The high jackpot on a single standard Thunderstruck II spin is about $120,000. The upper jackpot is a bit harder to pin down when factoring in free spins and the special features that come along with them. The rolling reels mentioned earlier can actually trigger multiple jackpots on a single spin. The multiplier is calculated in on top of this.
Thunderstruck II is one of the great online slot machines. It oozes style, is a lot of fun to play and provides the player a chance to hit some incredible jackpots without putting a small fortune on the line. We do like this machine best at about $3 per spin. However, it may break the bank for low rollers.