Thunder King Slots Machine
This idea could have backfired if the slot didn’t manage to stand out, but Aristocrat have done a fine job of filling this ‘Zeus’ based slot with a variety of enjoyable bonus features which will keep the interest levels high long after many other slots have lost their thunder.
Base Game and Setup of Thunder King
Your first impression of Thunder King is that it plays very much like many other slots. You have the almost standard 5×3 reel configuration and it pays from left to right, while with 30 win lines in total, there is nothing particularly god-like about the base game. However, it does play well, with a nice variety of symbols filling the reels.
First, there is the Thunder King himself – we are presuming he is ‘Zeus’ although he is never actually called that, though there are not too many gods around these days who are happy to throw around thunder and lightning! As well as being the top paying symbol in the game, he also acts as the wild – so it’s clear that there is no symbol more important. Alongside Zeus is a beautiful curvaceous goddess. Pegasus makes an appearance too, while various pieces of armor appear to complete the uniquely designed symbols. Completing the reels are the playing card symbols 9, 10, J, Q, K and A – with their standard bold colors familiar to fans of Aristocrat slots.
Three Different Free Spins Features
No good ‘God’ themed slot is complete without Mount Olympus making an appearance on the reels and here this symbol acts as the bonus trigger. If you manage to land three or more bonus symbols you’ll enter the feature, where you’ll find yourself with free spins. Land the minimum 3 bonus scatters and you’ll have 10 free spins, land 4 scatters and you’ll earn yourself 15 free spins, while the maximum 5 scatters will see 20 free spins heading your way.
Interestingly, you’ll find three different free spins features however, each acts slightly differently.
Snow Feature – In the first of the free spins features, every time Zeus he will summon up snow and it will rain down onto the reels. Every time the snow-creating Zeus appears on the reels you’ll win a mystery bonus prize.
Tornado Feature – This is a slight variation of ‘sticky wilds’ found in other slots. Here, every time Zeus appears on the reels, he will summon up a tornado which will turn another symbol on the reels wild. This new wild will have a number in the bottom left hand corner and this will apply to how many spins the wild will stay in place. This number is usually just 1 or 2, but if Zeus appears two or three times on consecutive spins, there could be a nice pay day coming your way.
Lightning Feature – This feature is another based around wilds. Each time Zeus appears he will summon up a bolt of lightning and turn an entire reel wild. This will only happen for that single spin, but you’ll find many occasions when 2 or more reels are filled with wilds, and as you might imagine, these spins can have mega pay outs. The dream scenario will see Zeus appear on all five reels, which will in turn see the whole slot be filled with wild symbols – with all 30 win lines paying the top prize.
The Thunder King Slot – Appealing Mythical Greek Design
This Aristocrat designed slot has a very appealing layout, with the blue of the sky providing the backdrop. The reels are positioned within two imposing stone pillars, these pillars showing the colorful win line indicators. You wouldn’t say this slot is the most imposing on the casino floor in terms of visuals, although the lack of impact is offset by the pleasing color scheme. As is the case at many Aristocrat games, you’ll find the playing card symbols adding a further splash of color to the reels.
Conclusion: Is Thunder King Worth a Spin?
Thunder King is a slot which really comes to life when you hit those Mount Olympus bonus symbols. With three very different, but each equally good, free spins features, you’ve got enough variety to keep you entertained. If you like the boost of those instant wins, the promise that those ‘short term’ sticky wilds will pay that big win, or the opportunity of those mega wins those completely wild reels could bring, this game will more than appeal. This is a top-class game and a good addition to the growing list of those slots based around ancient myths. It might even provide some competition for the original Zeus slots range from WMS.