Thunderkick has remained as one of my favourite games provider ever since they came into the market in 2014. I do still love playing some of their games, but don't quite like some of the others, mainly due to their low paytables and lack of desirable features in the games. Hopefully, with more and better experiences through these years, maybe one day Thunderkick can finally join and be one of those established bigger names.
There was a time back in 2014 when I complained to Thunderkick's representative about their using 8-bit graphics for their games. No doubt they were still experimenting with that, but I'm glad that their newer games are moving away from 8-bits and getting back to the contemporary. Spectra is one of the latest releases from them, utilising very simple basic forms and shapes, a touch of the 8-bit graphics, but transforming the entire 2D presentation with nice 3D animations and visual effects. I must admit, for a very simple game, Spectra looks good, plays nicely and keeps my interest in the game going. A few creative innovations can be seen too, like the absence of payline numbering, being replaced with indicating symbols instead. This is nothing new for thunderkick, because all of their previous 'old' games never had any paylines indication at all.
I was probably one of the few people to have played Spectra when it became available at Casumo. From first sight alone, I knew it must be from Thunderkick, as I'm familiar with its graphical presentation traits. Spectra plays with 30 paylines. 'W' is the Wild symbol, paying 20x the total bet for 5 of them, comes stacked on all reels with 4 symbols per stack, and substitutes for all symbols. There are no Scatter symbols in this game. Each Wild appearing on the reels awards 1 Respin, nudging upwards or downwards towards the center of the reels in the next spin, and ending if no new Wild appears onto the reels. This is what makes Spectra plays differently from any other game, except for 'DJ Wild', which has something similar to the nudging Wilds.
Paytable wise, typical to Thunderkick, all symbols tend to have lowish win values attached to them. The BAR pays 10x, '7' pays 7x, Bell pays 4x, Leaf pays 3x, whilst all the other shapes pay 2.2x to 1.4x the total bet, all for 5 of each kind. This make the paytable a very low one, especially when playing with only 30 paylines. So yet again, do not expect huge wins from Spectra, just accept the good and decent payouts and the game will be more fun and entertaining.
I have to be fair and say that I haven't had enough spins played on Spectra to give a better insight on its gameplay. From my free spins play, plus one of my own deposit, I quite enjoyed the game, the animations and the visual effects were nice, vibrant and colourful, but the nice decent payouts have yet to come. With more longer plays on Spectra, more will be revealed in time, but I just had to make some comments right now, and give some idea on how this game would play and pay. Hope you all will have better times than I did.