Reviewing Reel Thunder Online Slot by Microgaming
Microgaming gets players’ engines revving with its biker-themed five-reel online slot, Reel Thunder – a simple yet entertaining and humorous game featuring a grunting gang of road hogs on a lazy Sunday run.
The theme of this 25-payline slot is kept up in its fun symbols, which include hot dogs, beer, pancakes and other roadhouse food as well as motorbike parts, a winged heart crossed with exhaust pipes, and the silhouette of the head hog against the backdrop of a blazing orange sunset.
The Reel Thunder Winged Heart Wild
Like most other online slots, Reel Thunder has a wild symbol – in the form of a red heart with wings crossed by exhaust pipes. In this game, the wild can only land on Reels 2, 3 and 4 but, when it does, it can substitute any other symbol except the scatter to complete winning paylines. Naturally, this makes the winged heart a rather valuable symbol – if indirectly so.
The Reel Thunder wild is probably also the most entertaining of the symbols. That’s because, whenever one is used to complete a winning combination, the heart beats to life and the distinctive opening guitar riff of Steppenwolf’s iconic rock track “Born to be Wild”, from the 1969 film “Easy Rider”, plays – making it easy for players to imagine themselves enjoying a leisurely ride along Route 66.
Free Spins with Scatter Symbols
The only notable Reel Thunder bonus is its free spins feature, which is triggered by the game’s scatter symbol – in this case, a motorbike engine with the word “scatter” scrolled across it. When three or more scatter symbols appear anywhere on the reels, the Reel Thunder free spins are unlocked – five, 20 and a staggering 50 free spins respectively for three, four and five scatter symbols.
The scatter symbols have the additional value of paying out regardless of where they appear on the reels – i.e. Reel Thunder scatters don’t have to land on an active payline to pay out as long as there are two or more in a spin. So, although the payout is low at just 50 coins for five scatters in a spin, scatter wins occur much more frequently.
Reel Thunder Betting Options and Jackpots
With a 96.95% average RTP and a sizeable 10 000 coin jackpot, Reel Thunder can be quite a lucrative slot – even for inexperienced players, because Crazy Luck is so simple slot like many casino games. This top payout occurs when players land five bonus road hog symbols on a single active payline. The next-highest Reel Thunder payout is awarded when five bike wheels land on an active payline and this amounts to 1 000 coins.
Reel Thunder players may only wager a single coin per payline per spin but the options on coin denominations vary extensively, starting at just 0.25 and reaching as high as 10.00 credits. So the maximum wager on a single Reel Thunder spin is 900 credits, which also makes it appealing to more experienced players who prefer the stakes – and the wins – to be a little higher.
Mobile Versions of Reel Thunder
Reel Thunder may be a fairly traditional slot but it is available on all modern platforms – both online and mobile. Anyone can enjoy Reel Thunder on the move as it is compatible with most mobile operating systems, including iOS, Android and Windows Mobile.