Much like its predecessors, Thunderstruck® Wild Lightning plays out over a grid comprised of 5 reels, but with 4 rows instead of 3. There are also 40 fixed paylines upon which to try and land matching symbol combinations. On the left-hand side of the screen, you will see a handsome rendition of Thor, keeping you company as you spin the reels.
While the betting range of this online pokies game is somewhat modest, starting from as little as 0.20 credits per spin and maxing out at just 16.00, the fact that it is a high volatility game is sure to make up for this. A high volatility game is one that has the potential to pay out in particularly impressive amounts, even if they happen less regularly than low volatility games, which pay out often but in less striking increments. All in all, it has an average payout percentage of 96.10% and a total hit frequency of 22.92%.
Symbols And Features
While previous games in the Thunderstruck series of online pokies may have paid more homage to the various Norse gods and goddesses, this one instead focuses on the different realms of Norse mythology, with symbols you are sure to encounter representing some of these realms. These include Jotunheim (where the ice giants live), Vanaheim (where the Vanir gods and goddesses stay), Alfheim (home of the elves), Nidavellir (realm of the dwarves) and Svartalfheim (home of the dark elves). Conversely, the lower values are made up of card royal icons: 9, 10, J, Q, K and A, all of which have been designed to look like runic rock carvings – a definite departure from previous titles. Thor is the only god who actually makes an appearance on the reels, and he can appear stacked along a whole reel as a Wild, and take the place of other symbols (apart from the Scatters and/or Thunderball symbols). What’s more, any wins that you incur as a result of Thor will be multiplied by 2x or 5x in the base game.
There are 2 Thunderball symbols, blue and gold, and these have the propensity to award cash values or jackpot prizes, depending on whether or not the Link&Win™ feature is currently active. The image of Thor’s hammer is the Scatter, and it has the power to trigger a round of Free Spins, should you manage to land at least 3 of it during your game. In line with the high value symbols and the aforementioned Norse realms, the Free Spins rounds come in different variations, with some having more spins but a lower Multiplier attached, or fewer spins with bigger Multipliers. The more of these rounds that you manage to trigger, the more you will be able to unlock. The most sought-after of these rounds would have to be the Svartalfheim spins, which include a guaranteed Wildstorm feature, which sees up to 5 reels turn completely Wild.
The Wild Lightning feature, which can be triggered by landing a Wild symbol anywhere on reels 4, 3 or 2 during Free Spins, will mark a symbol position on the reels, and if you manage to land another Wild in that same position, it will expand to cover the entire reel and make it Wild for that spin. All and all, there is much to be experienced across the reels of the Thunderstruck® Wild Lightning online casino game, and it is a standout selection from Microgaming, and one that is well worth exploring.