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Enter the mystical domain of the history, tradition, and the beauties of North America. This is not a video slot about some futuristic show. Gaze in the beautiful starry night background of the Thunder Bird slot, delivered by GameArt. It’s a medium to high variance video slot, which shamelessly rewards only players who trigger the bonus game. Why is that the case? Read on and you will find out.
Thunder Bird slot features a 5x3 symbol grid with 20 fixed paylines, meaning you cannot increase or decrease the number of paylines in play. Fortunately, it allows players to play the game with modest bets. The entry bet is 0.20, whereas high rollers and players who simply like to play the game with higher stakes can go as high as 10.00. Thunder Bird is a moderately volatile slot. This is why we said “fortunately” you can play the game with modest bets.
The theoretical RTP of Thunder Bird is within the market average, approximately 96%.
The slot’s key advantage is the rather rewarding bonus game which comes with a set of 10 Free Spins. In all honesty, the audio is not original, nor it’s up to par with what the latest video slots showcase. However, we do enjoy the clear, stellar background. Moreover, the symbols are colorful, detailed to perfection. This is a slot about the tribes and wildlife mysticism. The Thunder Bird is the Wild Symbol, portrayed with a gazing blue head eagle. It looks scary in a way, but you still want to see more of it. It can appear on reels 3, 4 and 5 only. Because of this, the hit rate is underwhelming.
In our experience, the base game was not as lucrative as we expected. However, the bonus game fully made up for this. The prizes are astonishing. You need to land 3 or more scatter symbols anywhere on the reels to trigger the aforementioned bonus game. Pray for more Totem symbols, because that’s how you get free rounds.
This seemingly common, yet very special feature will get you to Mega and Epic Wins. Triggered with 3 or more Scatter symbols, with Sticky Wilds, with increasing multipliers and you can win additional free spins, it’s an all inclusive bonus game. Eventually, you will start playing the Thunder Bird slot with autoplay, anticipating 3 scatters or more on the reels.
The 3rd reel has a Golden Totem on top, adding multiplier to the Wild Symbols. After each spin, the multiplier increases, up to a factor of 5. During the final several free spins, the entire reel 3, 4 and 5 should be covered in Wild Symbols. This is why it’s so rewarding! If you don’t win additional free spins during the first 3 or 4 rounds, the chances of this happening go down the drain.
If you play the game without sound, it feels as if you’re playing a popular video slot. The audio is the weakest link in the chain. The backbone of Thunder Bird by GameArt is the outstanding, generous Free Spins bonus game. Make sure that you’ve reloaded your cash balance before you start playing, because it may take you some time before you trigger the bonus game.