Thunderstruck Wild Lightning Slot, is it better than Thunderstruck 2?
The highly anticipated sequel to the amazing Thunderstruck II slot has arrived!
Casumo Casinohas recently added the new Thunderstruck Wild Lightning Slot to their casino, published by Microgaming. This is an iconic slot that has been developed by Stormcraft Studios being pitched as the sequel to the successful Thunderstruck II video slot, which is a BIG claim!
Certainly, the production value is high on this slot release with realistic 3D graphics and new innovative game mechanics along with original game music that even has its own Spotify Playlist.
It has been many years since the original Thunderstruck and Thunderstruck 2 slots were released. Both were extremely popular in their day, and a lot has changed in the online slot world in terms of what attracts players, so making a new slot in this iconic series live up to the hype is always going to be a tough task to fulfil.
We want a mix of nostalgia reminding us of the predecessors and some fresh new features and huge win capabilities that modern slots offer, but retaining that certain style the original slot has.
Thunderstruck Slot Overview
In Thunderstruck Wild Lightning, we again “Join Thor the new ascended ruler of Asgard, on an epic quest to retrieve the lost World Stones”.
The slot has done away with the old 243-way payline structure and opted for a 5×4 reel layout using 40 fixed paylines.
In addition, in the base game, we now have Multiplier Wilds with 2x and 5x values randomly being applied to wins, helping to produce some nice base game hits that keep the gameplay interesting.
Thor’s Mighty Hammer is the Scatter symbol and remains in the game. Landing 3 Scatter symbols signal the start of your adventure into one of the 5 unique free spins rounds. The more volatile free spin bonus rounds must be unlocked just like in the original Thunderstruck II slot by triggering the bonus feature multiple times.
Stake size can be configured from as little as £0.20 up to a maximum bet of £16, and there are various sliders for coin sizes and amounts, giving you great customisation of bet sizes.
The new Thunderstruck has been optimised for both desktop and mobile gameplay. The slot is fully responsive, with all key features being repositioned perfectly for mobile play.
Link & Win Feature
A new addition to the base game is the electric blue Thunderball symbols which are part of the LINK & WIN feature. In essence, it’s a simple re-spin mechanic bonus feature with cash prizes, but this can also can trigger a variety of stake based jackpots that go up to a staggering 15,000x!
You start with 3 Re-Spins, landing any further Thunderballs resets this spin counter. If you manage to collect enough of these symbols, further tiers unlock, giving you additional spaces to land more Thunderballs. Fill this board up completely, and you are looking at a Mega Jackpot win!
The iconic Wildstorm Feature has been altered in this release to be a collection based unlock. Rather than occurring randomly in the base game, you now need to fill up a Wildstrom Meter (20 x 2 Scatters) before this Wild Reel mechanic becomes available as a Free Spins Bonus option (more detail on how this works later!)
The good news is that 5 Full Wild Reels is still a possibility on this slot, however rare it may be to trigger the good news is that it is still possible!
Base Game Features Summary
5×4 Reels, 40 Fixed Paylines
3 or more Scatters in the base game triggers the Free Spins selection
5 Free Spins features are available to unlock with varying volatility options
Collect 20 2x Scatter symbols to unlock a Wildstrom Free Spin
6 or more Thunderball symbols trigger the feature in the base game
Fill all reel positions in the Link and Win bonus round to win the 15,000x Mega Jackpot
Link and Win Feature
Stake Based Jackpots
5 Unique Free Spins Rounds
RTP (Return To Player)
96.10% (Can vary by Operator)
Thunderstruck Wild Lightning Bonus Features
The base gameplay uses a 5×4 reel set with 40 fixed paylines, along with the usual high and low paying symbols there are Thor Wilds which can add multipliers to wins in the range of 2x up to 5x.
Thunderball symbols which trigger the Link and Win feature and of course the Thor Hammer Scatter symbols which require 3 or more to trigger the free spins bonus round.
The Wildstorm is now collection-based and requires 20 to fill and unlock this feature, this is done by landing 2 Scatters in the base game filling up the collection meter by one each time this occurs.
Thors Hammer Scatter
Land 3 to trigger the bonus.
Free Spins Modes
5 unique free spins bonuses are unlockable on this slot. The first time you trigger the bonus feature, only one option will be on offer. Further bonus triggers are required to unlock each new free spin option. 5 further bonus triggers are required each time to unlock each new option.
The later free spins modes offer a much more volatile style with fewer starting spins, bigger multipliers and, as a result, way more volatility.
The Wildstorm being the 5th option is unlocked from the base game but resets once this option has been selected and played, forcing you to refill the meter again before being able to select it again.
JOTUNHEIM FREE SPINS
Win up to 32,000.00 Coins
15 Free Spins
Wild Multipliers of 2x, 3x or 5x
Unlocked on 1st Free Spins Trigger
VANAHEIM FREE SPINS
Win up to 34,000.00 Coins
12 Free Spins
Wild Multipliers of 2x, 4x or 6x
Unlocked after 5 Free Spins Triggers
ALFHEIM FREE SPINS
Win up to 52,000.00 Coins
9 Free Spins
Wild Multipliers of 3x, 5x OR 8x
Unlocked after 10 Free Spins Triggers
NIDAVELLIR FREE SPINS
Win up to 56,000.00 Coins
6 Free Spins
Wild Multipliers of 5x, 8x OR 12x
Unlocked after 15 Free Spins Triggers
SVARTALFHEIM FREE SPIN
Win up to 128,000.00 Coins
1 Free Spin is awarded with a guaranteed Wildstorm Feature
Wildstorm can turn up to 5 reels Wild
Collect 20 Scatter pairs in the base game to unlock
Wild Lightning Feature
The Wild Lightning Feature requires you to land wild symbols anywhere on reels 2,3, and 4 to trigger this mini-feature during the free spins rounds.
You can see the reels being illuminated after wild symbols have landed on them. Filling this reel will trigger an expanding will reel for one spin during the bonus round, and this could occur on reels 2, 3, and 4 simultaneously.
The Wild Lightning feature doesn’t trigger in the SVARTALFHEIM (Wildstorm) Free Spins round.
Thunderstruck Wild Lightning Jackpots
The Thunderstruck Wild Lightning slot has a number of “Stake Size” based jackpots linked to it, these are winnable from the Link and Win feature which is triggered by landing 6 or more of the blue Thunderball symbols in the base game.
There are various jackpot prizes on offer which are based on your current bet size, most can be won by landing them during the feature with the exception being the Mega Jackpot which requires you to fill up the Link & Win screen completely, prizes are as follows.
Mini Jackpot 25x Total bet
Minor Jackpot 50x Total bet
Major Jackpot 150x Total bet
Mega Jackpot 15,000x Total bet
Thunderstruck Wild Lightning Slot – FAQ’s
What is the Thunderstruck Wild Lightning Slot RTP?Jonathan Ridehalgh2021-08-06T17:22:09+01:00
The maximum win for the Thunderstruck Wild Lightning Slot is 15,000x Stake, this is won from the Mega Jackpot which is awarded by filling all of the Thunderballs completely in the Link & Win bonus feature.
Thunderstruck Wild Lightning Slot
Final Thoughts on Thunderstruck Wild Lightning
So it Better? We didn’t think so, but they definitely had a good go trying!
Being a successor to any slot such as Thunderstruck 2 or Immortal Romance is almost an impossible task. They are probably the most iconic Microgaming slots ever produced.
While Thunderstruck Wild Lightning has certainly made a good attempt at injecting a fresh take on the classic, it has a number of shortfalls. The change from a 243-way payline system seems unnecessary, and we would have preferred a super high variance 243-way incarnation of the machine.
The extra bonus features, whilst good in their own rights, felt to us like they detracted from the core gameplay that made Thunderstruck 2 so good, a lot is going on with so many mini-features, and it feels like the slots RTP has been spread thinly over these additional features, sure you won’t be complaining if you do hit a 15,000x Jackpot, but the main bonus rounds felt a bit diluted because of this.
The collection Meter for the Wildstorm feature doesn’t seem like an improvement either. The excitement of the original versions was you never knew when it was coming until the base game rumbled and lightning crackled over the reels began. The current revision seems like a drawn-out process of collecting “failed bonus triggers” for a very risky bonus feature that actually requires you to trigger it as a bonus too before you actually get to play it!
That all said, it does have many positives, the sheer amount of polish regarding the sound, graphics and animations, which are all top-notch.
The free spins round mechanics are great too once triggered, and a nice twist on the originals with multiplier wilds and full wild reels being added thanks to the Wild Lightning Feature. Overall it’s worth a look as long as you don’t set your expectations of this sequel too high!