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Thunderstruck II is a 5 reel video slot which has 243 ways to win. It launched in May 2010, and more than two years later, it is still one of the most popular Microgaming video slots. Maybe it’s the theme that is based on Norse Mythology, the soundtrack which makes you feel like you chasing adventure in a blockbuster film or the multitude of features and seemingly high rate of winning that has made it so popular – but one thing seems certain that if after 2 years a video slot is as, if not more popular than before, then it must be doing something right.

Thunderstruck I, launched in 2010,I is the most popular online video slot game

At a glance
Reels: 5
Paylines: 243
Max. Jackpot: $121,500
Progressive: No
Wild Symbol: Yes
Mulitplier: Yes
Scatter Symbol: Yes
Free Spins: Yes
Bet Range: $0.01 to $0.05 per payline
Max. Bet: $15

Features
For fans of the Norse fable or the feature film the characters will be familiar. You’ll encounter Thor, Valkyrie, Loki, Odin and Raven with all their trademark weaponry and special powers. Look out for Thor’s mighty hammer, Valkyrie riding her white horse, Loki twirling fireballs set amongst symbols like classic long ships and the rainbow bridge to Asgard.These graphics are complemented by an amazing, yet calming, soundtrack which builds the suspense as the reels spin, and drops into a seat shaking crescendo as winning combinations are struck.

Wild Symbol
The Thunderstruck II logo is the wild symbol. As the the wild it can substitute for symbols, complete winning combinations and double the winning amounts of the specific winning symbol. The wild cannot replace for Thor’s hammer symbol as this is another special bonus feature.

Scatter Symbol
The hammer symbol serves as the scatter, and is a way of rewarding free bonus games. Getting 3 or more hammer symbols will trigger the ‘Great Hall of Spins’ feature. Four different bonus spin rounds exist in this feature and you need to pass one by triggering it 5 times before you gain access to the next level.

The four bonuses related to the free spins are:

  • The Valkyrie Bonus

You get 10 free spins and all wins will be multiplied by 5

  • The Loki Bonus

15 free spins and a Wild Magic symbol on reel 3 will randomly transform other symbols wild

  • The Odin Bonus

You get 20 free spins and if a Wild Raven appears it randomly changes symbols to a 2x or 3x multiplier. Get two ravens and the multiplier will be 6x

  • The Thor Bonus

After triggering 15 bonus spins, you’ll reach the ultimate, Thor bonus round where you’ll get 25 free spins. This bonus round also comes with the rolling wheels feature where the    multiplier can increase up to 5x after each consecutive win.

Wild Storm Bonus Feature
Out of all the features you want to see it’s the Wild Storm Bonus feature, which is randomly triggered. It turns all the reels wild and holds the wilds in place until a winning combination appears – this is the feature that could see you walking away with a whopping 2,430,000 coins or $121,500.

Overall Impression
With more than two years racked up at Microgaming online casinos, it is safe to say that Thunderstruck II has become a online gaming cult hit. Online gamblers from Canada to farflung countries like Russia, China, Australia and South Africa have all voted with their playing money to cement this video slot as one of the most popular in the world. This leaves us as reviewers with not much to say other than to try it out for yourself if you haven’t already done so.

 

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