One of the earliest Microgaming pokies of the modern era, and one that spawned a sequel, Thunderstruck is still popular to this day, even if it looks a little dated in comparison to many of their newer games. Available on Jackpot City, what is it about this game that continues to draw crowds of players?
A 5 reel pokie with just 9 paylines, Thunderstruck has a basic aesthetic, with a Nordic God theme that uses very simplistic graphics. This is a non-progressive pokie, and the maximum in-game jackpot is just 6,000 coins, which doesn’t amount to a great deal even if you stake the maximum.
Thunderstruck works on a coin betting system, and these coins can be valued at anywhere from $0.01 to $1 each, with up to 5 coins placed on all 9 paylines.
There is a free spins round on Thunderstruck, but with a small limit on the base game jackpot, and with only 9 paylines, this is not the most generous round. Overall, the features are a bit of a letdown, although that wouldn’t have been the case when it was first launched, as any sort of bonus round was quite rare back then.
Still, judging it by today’s standards, the omission of any big bonus rounds is a letdown and one of the main reasons we don’t have many good things to say about this pokie.
This is a basic game, and one that doesn’t really stand-up in the current marketplace. When it was created all of those years ago it probably looked a little better than it does now, but if you have a choice between this and Thunderstruck II, among other top titles, then there is really no reason to choose this. It’s not a bad pokie, but there are far better games out there.