Thunderfist Pokie Game
As regular readers here at Game Culture will know, we fully acknowledge that the Oriental theme is one of the most popular in the world and perhaps even alone at the very top. Every developer that we feature here on the site boasts at least one such themed game and NetEnt’s offering is a little different to the norm. While some choose to focus on the beauty, culture and history of the Orient, NetEnt has instead opted for a game that features characters that are clearly based on Street Fighter’s Ryu and Chun-Li. In no uncertain terms, while this is most definitely an Oriental poker machine, it is more concerned with the way of the warrior than catching Lucky Koi!
Game Type: Video Pokie
Win Lines: 243 ways to win
Special Features: Stacked wilds, random multipliers, wilds and free spins
Top Prize: 1,215,000 coins
The classic combination of bet levels and coin values coming together to make for a total spin bet continues here on Thunderstruck, as does the opportunity to go straight for the Max Bet. It is fair to say that the NetEnt control panel on pokies from this generation rarely changed and this will be a familiar sight for many players with both manual and auto play on offer depending on your style. A Reel Power style betting layout means that actual win lines are taken out of the player’s hands so you can concentrate on spinning the reels and watching the wins stack up!
One area in which Thunderfist could be considered to be lacking among some players is within the bonus features. They’re not bad by any stretch, there just isn’t that many of them. The wild card is typically handy and is depicted by a Shang Tsung looking bad guy who is so tall that he covers three reels. In gameplay terms, this means that it is eminently possible to spin in a full stack of wilds, although on some occasions you’ll just have to settle for his head or feet.
While there aren’t many features, the fact that the other one consists of a particularly lucrative free spins round means that this pokie gets a pass. More gold coin scatters make for more free spins, with three, four or five in view awarding ten, fifteen or twenty free spins respectively. Rather than being based on any actions of the player, the multiplier changes between spins at random and can be anything from two to five times the original prize value, so you can always at least be sure of a prize worth double what it would be in the base game.
Game Culture’s Opinion
On the one hand, Thunderfist feels like something of a missed opportunity. The clear homages to Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat make the lack of a 2D one on one scrap something of a travesty – see The Dark Knight Rises and the exploits of Bane and Batman for how that could pan out. On the other hand it is an immensely solid game that is fun to look at and even more enjoyable to play. A little luck on free spins can make it one of the most lucrative games around which certainly works in its favour and we recommend the game on that very basis.