I have always been a great fan of Thunderkick games ever since they emerged online some years ago, and my first favourite game was none other than Fruit Warp. When it first came out, it was a very strange game that didn't have any grids as in the usual games, but playing it proved to be good for me, and that's how I began to like Thunderkick games. However, in my reviews on most of their other games, I had put Thunderkick down for being 'too scared' and for staying in their 'comfort zone'. I had even suggested that they come out of their safety shell, stop being too scared, and start making games that could pay nice big wins, which players really want. Well, that day has finally come. Thunderkick has finally created a game that can pay huge, up to 8200x the total bet amount, which should satisfy all those hungry big-win hunters, myself included, hehehe.
I made some quick calculations on the winning potentials of this new Pink Elephants game, and found out that it isn't possible to get all 24 same symbols, not even for the lowest paying symbol. All 24 Elephant symbols would pay an incredible 40,960x the total bet amount, whilst the lowest symbol would pay 9,011x, but the paytable has indicated that the maximum possible win is 8200x. Therefore, somewhere in the game algorithms, a limit of 8200x has been imposed for the best win possible. Looking at the paytable itself would show an extremely low paytable, with 6 Elephants paying only 10x the total bet amount, but the 4096 ways hugely increases the winning potentials of the game! I was particularly disappointed by the non-paying Wild and Scatter symbols, but making them pay would indeed grossly change the entire equation of the paytable and its winning potentials. Nonetheless, I would say that Pink Elephants is a very brave and a very good attempt by Thunderkick to move up in status and be amongst the best game providers.
The game plays with 6 reels and 4 rows, a format which I have never liked, but somehow, this has not prevented me from playing this game! My first play went quite nicely, getting some decent but small wins, and getting some anxieties as well with those randomly appearing Mystery Scatter symbols (Peanut) - appearing but not triggering the Bonus Game, on so many occasions. But of course, at the right times, those appearing peanuts would complete the required 3 Scatter symbols, and that would be a great relief indeed, because the Bonus Game is where those nice big wins can happen!
The Bonus Game (Free Spins Game), is triggered by getting 3 Peanut Scatter symbols anywhere on the reels, awarding 7 free spins. 6 Scatter symbols would award 19 free spins. During the free spins, getting 2 Scatter symbols would add 3 more free spins, and getting 6 Scatters would award 11 more free spins. The Elephant symbols may carry Orbs, which are then collected into an animal symbol meter. When the meter gets full, that animal symbol would then transform into an Elephant symbol for the remainder of the free spins. Getting all 3 animal symbols transforming into the Elephant symbol would surely give the best possible wins, but getting this may be a once-in-a-lifetime occurrence! The best I could get was two animal symbols, but they hardly appear to transform during my free spins, hence my wins so far have not been big at all, with nothing better than just 84x my staked amount.
With good winning potentials, this Pink Elephants game can rival the likes of Raging Rhino, Buffalo Blitz, and other similar games. How good or how much this game can pay has yet to be seen, but I hope it won't be like those empty promises of earlier Thunderkick games, which looks good, which promises good wins, but have never seen anyone getting them. The next step - make some good high-paying 5-reels 3-rows games for players like me who don't like the cluttered look of 6-reelers or 6-rowers, hehehe.