The title of this slot machine may allow your mind to wander off in the wrong direction, due to it sounding like the popular television show of the same name,but this slot machine has nothing in common with the science-fiction show set in the 2060’s. The Thunderbird slot from Game Art is a slot game that is based on the mighty blue-feathered eagle, but this feathery chap isn’t the only creature that you’ll encounter because the reels are set with beasts of all sizes from buffalo to tribal wolves. There is a mystical tribal theme to this slot game, one that allows you to play from as little as 0.20 a spin or as much as 10.00 a turn.
There is a gamble feature, free spins, multipliers, wilds and scatters waiting to be found in the Thunderbird slot machine – will you be brave enough to trek through the tribal forest to get your hands on a non-progressive jackpot of 1,000?
There are 5 reels and 20 fixed paylines to this slot game allowing you to play from 0.20 or up to a maximum of 10.00 – the more you bet, the more you can win.
When you launch Thunderbird, the first thing that jumps out is the rich design. The reels of the game are set above a beautiful landscape with mountains that reach up to the sky, fir trees, a sparkling river and a mystical sky or blue and purples with glittering stars like diamonds. Either side of reels are pillars with various patterns engraved into them – these highlight the 20 different paylines that make up this slot game. Surrounding the reels are wood with rope and the reels themselves look to be made from an ancient map. The control panel and bet adjuster is sitting to the lower of the screen and the symbols that make up this game are; blue-feathered eagle, ancient bird symbol, owl, wolf, horse, buffalo and tribal man. You’ll also find card values of 9, 10, J, Q, K and A on the reels.
There is a maximum non-progressive jackpot of 1,000 up for grabs and that can be won by betting maximum stakes. Five of a kind of the ancient bird symbol will award that cash sum whilst the tribal man will award the second highest cash value of 500.00 – by matching five on your payline.
To start with, you have the wilds (blue-feathered eagle) which have two different features in themselves; firstly, they will substitute for all other symbols on the reels (except the scatter) to help you create winning paylines. The wild symbols will also become sticky wilds during the free spins feature – this means they will stay in place for the duration of your free spins to give even more ways of winning.
Scatter is represented by the ancient bird symbol and this awards the non-progressive jackpot for 5 on the payline and it also awards the free spins feature.
To get your hands on 10 free spins, you are required to spin in three or more scatter symbols. All wilds remain sticky and when a golden totem symbol appears on reel 3, you will be awarded multiplier values up to 5x. For every additional 2 scatters on the reels during your free spins, you will be awarded an additional five free spins.
The gamble feature can be turned on and off via the settings menu and allows you to gamble any win on the reels for more. The cards will be placed face down on the table and you have to correctly predict the next colour suit. Get that right and you double your cash. You can keep going for five consecutive correct guesses or until you lose or cash out.
Thunderbird slot game is a medium to high variance slot machine that allows you to play for little stakes. The free spins feature is quite rare as it takes a while to trigger, but when it does come around, it can award some big wins – thanks to sticky wilds and multipliers being thrown onto the reels. Take notice of the paytable, because when you trigger the free spins bonus, the symbols will award much lower payouts. An example of this is;the tribal man awards 500.00 for five of a kind during the base game, but during the free spins bonus it awards just 200.00. We found the slot game to be pleasant enough with some decent wins on offer.