Thunderstruck 2 is an online slot game, the sequel to Microgaming’s popular Thunderstruck slot. The first version was released in 2002. The sequel appeared eight years later and is still a popular choice at Microgaming casinos and mobile gambling apps all over the world.
This title’s layout is as follows – five reels, three vertical rows of symbols, and 243 Ways to win in place of the traditional payline system. 243 Ways is a popular online payline-substitute, whereby any three or more matching symbols (in order from left to right) lead to winnings, regardless of which vertical row they appear on. Think of it as if every symbol in the game were a scatter.
As for the theme, it’s similar to the first – Norse mythology. This title includes both a wild and a scatter symbol. The Thunderstruck 2 logo acts as a wild, substituting for any other symbol to form a winning combination. Thor’s Hammer is a type of bet-multiplying scatter symbol.
Thunderstruck 2 Slots
Coins Range:$0.30 to $75
Bonus Round:Free Spins
Free Spins/Multiplier Better:25/5x
Coin sizes for this Microgaming release are: $0.01, $0.02, $0.05, $0.10, $0.15, $0.20, and $0.25. Players can wager as many as ten coins per bet, and the total wager is thirty times the line bet. That gives an overall wager range of between $0.30 and $75, about average for a game designed by this company.
According to Microgaming, the theoretical payout percentage for this title is 95.6%, which is similar to its other 243 Ways titles. This isn’t the best payout available online, but it’s a decent number considering how low some online slots games are set.
At this rate, a player who sees an average of 600 outcomes an hour (which is about what I got when I played) at the minimum rate of $0.30 per spin can expect to lose just $7.92 on an outlay of $180. That’s not very high price for an hour of entertainment, about half the cost of going to a movie at a modern cinema.
The top jackpot available is 5,000 coins, but that comes from a 5x bet multiplier during a special round, and is not one of the game’s fixed jackpots. Those are a lot lower, especially compared to other major games in the industry. Thunderstruck 2’s top prize is 1,000 coins, or a little more than half what a player should expect from a top-notch online slot.
Thunderstruck 2 has no traditional bonus game built in. The free spins feature, called The Great Hall of Spins, is the closest thing to a bonus, and it can be the most lucrative part of gameplay. Depending on the number of scatter symbols and where they appear on the field, players can earn up to 25 free spins and a bet multiplier of up to 5x.
Put simply, Microgaming-designed slots just don’t look very good on mobile devices. They’re playable, but not well-designed for mobile displays. This is particularly true when the game is played on a tablet or in horizon mode on a smartphone. The graphics are muddy and the reels move more slowly on a mobile app or gaming site than a traditional laptop or desktop version.
I will admit to always expecting less out of Microgaming-designed titles than those produced by BetSoft, NetEnt, or one of the other boutique design houses in the industry. I was underwhelmed by Thunderstruck 2 for the same reasons I’m disappointed in all Microgaming slots. The design is a little ugly on the eyes, the gameplay is very repetitive, and the pay table has low fixed jackpots and no progressive top prize.
That said, it is a 243 Ways-style slot machine game, and those are popular all over the Internet. The ability to play Thunderstruck 2 via mobile is a nice feature, though Microgaming’s mobile versions of their casino titles are not as attractive as traditional Web-based versions, and there is some slow-down for larger tablet or smartphone displays, like the one on my large-display iPhone.