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THUNDERSTRUCK II REVIEW
Game Thunderstruck II
Thunderstruck II is Microgaming's sequel to one of the most acclaimed online video slots ever released, the original Thunderstruck. With lofty expectations to live up to, Thunderstruck II meets and even surpasses them, providing one of the more enjoyable and diverse online slots experiences you'll find.
Thunderstruck II is one of Microgaming's 243 payways slots, meaning there are no paylines, but 243 possible winning combinations available on every spin; the proper combinations of symbols need only appear on any of the 3-lines on the 5-reel machine, from left to right. A nice touch is the ability to click on the various symbols in the slot machine and see what their payout rates are for 33, 4, or 5 of those symbols.
The symbols themselves are a mix of pictures and the typical 9, 10, J, Q, K symbols found in many slots. It's a shame they resorted to such standard symbols, because the art on the unique images is excellent. There are pictures of the ship Poseidon, and the gods Loki, Thor, Odin, and Valkyrie. The wild symbol is the Thunderstruck II logo, replacing any other symbol as needed to create winning combinations, except for the scatter symbol, which is Thor's Hammer.
Any two hammers create a winning combination, while 3 activates the bonus game the Great Hall of Storms, which itself contains for mini-bonus games based on each of the gods depicted in the game. As you activate the bonus game more often, you advance to the next mini-bonus game, granting you more free spins than at the previous level. At the highest level you get 25 free spins and also activate yet another feature on each win, the Rolling Reels feature. The symbols used to create the winning combination explode, and are filled by new symbols, which can then create more winning combinations, now with an additional multiplier attached to them. This process can repeat multiple times, and the multiplier rise to as high as 5X, creating the chance for some epic chains and massive wins. It makes for great excitement.
There's also another random bonus that can be triggered at any time during normal play, which turns multiple reels into wild symbols after a spin, greatly increasing your chances for multiple wins. There's also a neat little feature called Paytable Achievements, which tracks your winning combinations achieved for every symbol.
Microgaming has come up with a gem of a slots sequel in Thunderstruck II, delivering some great features, and am extremely thrilling, multi-tiered bonus round. Thunderstruck II is available for mobile devices, Macs, and PC's, and shouldn't be passed up by any slots lover.