How exciting can slots based on the weather be? If that weather happens to be thunder, the answer is…quite exciting indeed! Although if we’re perfectly honest, the thunder-themed slots we’re looking at today aren’t exactly what you’d call weather-themed. Quite far from it, in fact, but they both still use the term in their title, so there you go!
We’ll be having a look at both Thunder Reels and Thuderfist to see which of them are worth your time – not mention at least a little bit of your money too for a few spins!
When it comes to Thunder Reels, the name seems to indicate a slot that’s going to be pure dynamite…explosive in every way and nothing short of mind-blowing. Which is why it comes as a bit of a surprise when you see it’s just about as old-school as it gets. From the folks at Playson comes this stripped back, three-reel slot with five paylines and the kinds of looks that appear to have been plucked directly from the 80s! You can bet from as little as 5p or up to £25 with every spin, but rest assured that when we talk about Thunder Reels being old-school and simple, we mean in an entirely positive way!
There are no complicated features, no distracting visuals and basically nothing there that doesn’t need to be there. Just five paylines, three reels and the classic arcade bandit experience we all know and love.
In terms of the features that are there, you get the opportunity after every win to guess the colour and suit of a playing card, which means you can double or quadruple your win if you get it right. If you manage to get the same symbol across every one of the nine spots on-screen, the respective win will be increased 2X.
Speaking of symbols, it hardly comes as a surprise to learn that it’s all 100% old-school in this respect too. Bars, stars, lucky 77s, lemons, cherries, oranges and so on – all present and correct as expected. It’s all about landing three-symbol combinations – thee x symbols in a row paying out 5 coins, fruits 40 coins, bars 60 coins, stars 200 coins and the lucky 77 could net you an impressive 750-coin payout if you land three in a row.
What else? In a word, nothing!
One thing that goes without saying about Thunder Reels is the way in which it will split audiences right down the middle. If you’re the kind that loves the simple fruit machines of the past…as millions all over the world do…you will be right at home with this one. By contrast, if you are out for flashy visuals, endless bonus features and endless depth, you won’t find any of it here. With Thunder Reels, unlike most, it’s all about the base game and to be honest, not a lot happens from one spin to the next. But once again, if you’re craving something old-school and simple, you won’t go far wrong with Thunder Reels!
For the most part, Thunderfist exists somewhere on the other end of the spectrum. Here’s an online slot from Net Entertainment that’s got nothing old-school or simple about it, with a theme that’s delightfully bonkers and plenty of big wins to play for. It’s a five-reel slot with 243 paylines to play for, with spins up for grabs 25p right up to £125. But one thing that Thunderfist does have in common with Thunder Reels is the way in which there aren’t exactly a great many bonus rounds and special features to play for.
In terms of visuals, the action takes place in some kind of bamboo forest where you’re accompanied by a bunch of cartoon ninjas in various colours. It’s a martial arts theme from top to bottom, with all the usual playing card symbols also making an appearance. The ninja with the orange getup is the most valuable of all, paying out a jackpot of 100 coins if you’re lucky enough to land five in a row on a winning payline.
While this isn’t the biggest of jackpots, the fact that there are 243 paylines in play means that the likelihood of winning at least something is a little higher than with many comparable slots. There’s a stacked wild that’s good for taking the place of all other symbols apart from the scatter – the scatter appearing in the form of a golden coin.
To be honest, Thunderfist is really all about the free spins feature and you’ll need to score at least three scatters in any position to access the round. If you get three golden coins on the screen you’ll get 10 free spins to play with, four golden coins are worth 15 free spins and five in a row will see you rewarded with 20 free spins. A new set of reels appears for the free spins bonus feature, but the potential payouts remain unchanged.
Also in the free spins round you’ll benefit from a random multiplier, which is determined after each winning spin. Each time you win a prize, the whole screen begins flashing and you’ll be provided with a multiplier of 2X up to 5X which will then increase your win.
And that’s about where it all comes to an end with Thunderfist, which we think does a great job of balancing simplicity with enjoyment. As stated, it’s not exactly rich in terms of features, but it looks the part, entertains well and has a free spins round that’s worth waiting for.