Thunder Bird Slot Review
Remember the iconic science fiction T.V series Thunderbirds (and spin-off films) that captured the imagination of youth worldwide? The exciting exploits of International Rescue (I.R) as they used their secret high-tech crafts dubbed Thunderbirds to save lives worldwide – ring a bell? Well – this slot HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THAT. If you are a fanboy and the beginning of this review got you hyped up at the prospect, well then you need to get out more and develop a few hobbies. (Although who am I to talk? I haven't seen sunlight since 2013…) Thunder Bird is a visually stunning video slot by GameArt created to work on PC, mobile device or tablet. The titular bird is a legendary creature in American Indian mythology representing many attributes, but primarily power and strength. A vision of a Thunder Bird the night before a battle was presumed to be the best of omens. The imaginary in Thunder Bird is bright and evocative with the setting of a starry night sky in the background adding to the atmosphere. It's a combination of nature and otherworldliness that works exceptionally well.
Thunder Bird is a medium volatility slot comprising of 5 reels and 20 paylines. Apart from the 9-Ace icons, the symbols are an eye-catching collection: a blue eagle, Thunder Bird sign, Chief, buffalo, horse, wolf and owl. The eagle is the wild and can substitute for all symbols except the scatter which is the Thunder Bird icon. The controls are perhaps styled a bit modernly for the theme, but function superbly. Lined up along the bottom: Settings, Paytable, Bet per Line, Autoplay, Spin Balance, Total Bet and Win Amount. Try to remain calm, get in touch with your spirit animal and pace yourself, because there's no Turbospin.
Every time you have a winning spin in regular play you get the opportunity to Gamble your profit on a double or nothing bet based on card choice. 3 or more scatters anywhere activates 10 Free Spins. Any wilds that appear during this feature stick in place until the end of Free Spins. There's also a nice extra – a golden totem appears over reel 3 and adds multipliers to all wilds on that reel. The first multiplier is 1X but is increased by one after each spin, until a maximum of 5X. If a wild on reel 3 is part of a winning payline, the multiplier is applied. 2 scatters re-triggers 5 Free Spins!
I don't usually gush over graphics, but these are so detailed and colorful that they deserve high praise. Personally, I thought more could have been done in the sound effects department but the music is very evocative. From a performance standpoint, there were no issues – Thunder Bird soars.
Thunder Bird is a respectfully done video slot which celebrates a nation's heritage. Now that I've got that politically correct statement out the way let me just say it's also friggin awesome! I'm a free spins junkie and I certainly got my fix of them here, complete with supercharged multipliers. So with brilliant graphics and features, Thunder Bird is a must.