Thunderstruck Wild Lightning slot REVIEW
Thunderstruck Wild Lightning ReviewA new installment in the Thunderstruck franchise does not come about very often, and it’s been more than 11 years since the developer Stormcraft released its now-legendary Thunderstruck II. The follow-up is so crammed full of features that it’s bursting at the seams, and it feels like a single thunderbolt could explode the whole powderkeg.
Explosive wins are certainly possible at different stages of the game, not least in the 1-spin Wildstorm bonus round. There are 4 other more Free Spins rounds with Wild win Multipliers of up to 12x to unlock also, and a fully-fledged Link&Win feature with unlockable rows and jackpots up to 15,000x your stake. Is it everything we hoped for and dreamed about? Perhaps not, but it’s a game packed with visual effects, unique soundtracks and backgrounds per feature, and general Marvel-Esque epicness.
Thunderstruck Wild Lightning Slot - Reels Screen
Thunderstruck Wild Lightning Features
The Thor wild can land on any reel, and it comes with a multiplier of 2x or 5x in the base game. The Thor multiplier wild can also land fully stacked, and it’s the highest paying symbol in the game by far. Land 5 across a payline to win 200x your stake.
The Lightning orb cash symbols can land anywhere as well, and you need at least 6 in view to trigger the Link&Win feature. This is yet another name for the classic Streak Respins feature, and all the triggering symbols become sticky with 3 respins awarded.
Any new cash orbs that land will also become sticky, and this resets the respins tally to 3 again. There are 4 rows to unlock in this Link&Win feature, and you need to land 15, 20, 25, and 30 cash orbs to unlock rows 5, 6, 7 and 8, respectively. The feature only ends when you run out of respins, or the whole grid is filled with cash orbs. Your total winnings are then summed up.
In addition to cash orbs, you can also land blue, green, and yellow jackpot orbs during the Link&Win feature. These correspond to the Mini, Minor, and Major Jackpots, worth 25x, 50x, and 150x your stake, respectively. Fill the whole grid with cash/jackpot orbs, and you win the Mega Jackpot worth 15,000x your stake.
The Mjolnir hammer is the scatter, and you trigger the Bonus Round when at least 3 lands anywhere on the same spin. You get a 3x, 20x, or 200x scatter win upfront, when you land 3, 4, or 5 scatters, respectively, and there are 5 bonus round options to unlock. The first 4 are unlocked chronologically, while the fifth feature is unlocked in a different way.
Thunderstruck Wild Lightning Slot - Free Spins
Free spins q-ty
Wild win Multipliers
Jotunheim Free Spins
2x, 3x, 5x
Vanaheim Free Spins
2x, 4x, 6x
Alfheim Free Spins
3x, 5x, 8x
Nidavellir Free Spins
5x, 8x, 12x
All Free Spin features can be retriggered indefinitely, so you can scoop really impressive wins here.
Svartalfheim Free Spins is the final Free Spins bonus round, and it's unlocked if landing 3, 4, or 5 Scatters with a full Wildstorm Meter. It awards 1 single free spin only, but you are guaranteed to trigger the Wildstorm feature. This randomly turns the reels into wild, and you can win up to 8,000x your stake via the Wildstorm feature. The scatter pairs counter resets once the feature has been played, so you need to collect 20 more to get a new chance. However, keep in mind that in the event of a non-win from the Wild Storm event, your Scatter Meter will be refilled.
Landing a wild symbol on either of the 3 middle reels in the first 4 bonus rounds triggers the Wild Lightning feature. If a Wild lands in a highlighted position, a Wild Reel is formed for that spin, and the highlighted position is not retained.
The 200 Spins Thunderstruck Wild Lightning Experience
Being a feature-heavy game, to say the least, our jam-packed highlights video is 12 minutes long this time. We start off with some base game spins, before a rather lengthy Link&Win feature is triggered at 1:25 into the video. The bonus round starts at 7:56, and we went with the Jotunheim feature. Hit the play button below to check it all out!
Thunderstruck Wild Lightning comes across as one of these overblown superhero productions that seem to be the only thing Hollywood does well these days. It’s full of special effects and superficial drama, but you’re left feeling as empty as after a fast-food meal once the whole shebang is over. Don’t get us wrong, there is plenty of entertainment to be found here for sure, but it’s not quite the Thunderstruck 2 follow-up we dreamed about.
The Link&Win feature hardly needs yet another “trademarked” name, and it seems artificially bolted on just to cram as much as possible into the game. Yet, this is where the 15,000x potential is most likely to be cracked, while all those resources could have been allocated to the bonus rounds instead. The Wildstorm feature offers a thrilling ‘hail Mary’ shot at winning 8,000x your stake, while the remaining features are more moderate and ordinary in comparison.
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Thunderstruck - is the first game in what’s now become a trilogy, and it’s still going relatively strong after 17 years. This is a hallmark of quality if there ever was one, but the sequel that came 6 years later managed to dethrone it pretty much from the get-go.
Thunderstruck 2 - is the Microgaming follow-up that gained cult status pretty much from day one. It’s among the most popular games out there 11 years after its release, and the random Wildstorm feature can turn all 5 reels fully wild also here. Choose your Norse god in the Great Hall of Spins, and win up to 8,000x your stake.
Fire Forge is a Norse ‘pet project’ also from the hand of Stormcraft, and it probably proved them worthy of creating the follow-up to one of Microgaming’s most legendary titles. Highly volatile, you’ll benefit from rolling reels, wild stacks, and 3 bonus round options. You can win up to 50,000x your stake in the most volatile feature.
Thunderstruck Wild Lightning Slot FAQs
What is the RTP of Thunderstruck Wild Lightning?
The highest default RTP of 96.1 % is a tad above average. It can be adjusted down to 94 % or 92 % however, depending on the operator's license. Learn more about RTP ranges via this link.
How volatile is Thunderstruck Wild Lightning?
The volatility is high, so expect fluctuations on your bankroll.
What is the biggest win possible?
You can win up to 15,000x your stake from the Link&Win jackpots, while 8,000x your stake is the single spin max win awarded for a screen full of wilds.
How does the Link&Win feature work?
It’s a classic Streak Respins feature, but with 4 rows to unlock. Each new cash symbol resets the respins tally to 3 again, and there are also 4 jackpots up for grabs.
How can I win Thunderstruck Wild Lightning jackpots?
By landing Mini, Minor, and/or Major jackpot orbs during the Link&Win feature. To win the 15,000x Mega Jackpot, however, you need to unlock all 4 extra rows and fill all 40 positions with cash and/or jackpot orbs.
Is there a free spins mode in Thunderstruck Wild Lightning?
There are 4 unlockable tiers of the regular bonus round, and each comes with fewer spins, higher wild multipliers, and higher potential. The 5th tier is a single free spin where up to all 5 reels can turn fully wild (only available each time 20 scatter pairs have been collected).
Can I play the Thunderstruck Wild Lightning slot for free?
Yes, you can test the free Thunderstruck Wild Lightning demo game at the very top of this page (UK players must verify age first).