Basically, the Wild symbols are non-paying, 5 Scatters would pay only 100x the total bet, and all wins values are reduced for the free spins, with a separate paytable, keeping the big wins down to a more controlled lower level, for better or for worse. Why the need for this? Well, during the free spins, all the Wild symbols are sticky, their multipliers can go up to 5x each, making a single payline win of 125x possible! For example, 5 Chief symbols during the free spins would pay 20x total bet multiplied by 125x, for a 2500x win per winning payline! Since the Chief symbol isn’t a stacked symbol, so the maximum number of winning paylines is limited, but could possibly be about 7500x or higher, so that’s a very high volatility indeed!
Any Retriggers during the free spins? Yes, there are – getting 2 Scatter symbols each time would add 5 more free spins (they appear only on reels 1 and 2), so perhaps a few Retriggers would be possible, adding to the initial 10 free spins, and up to god knows how many free spins in total (not that God has got anything to do with the total number, hahaha).
Well, my few plays on this Thunder Bird game were pretty exciting, I must admit, and the free spins didn’t disappoint at all. I was getting wins of 50x or more with each set of free spins, and one set gave a Retrigger, for a final win of 283x my staked amount, which is not bad at all! Bigger wins are therefore possible, but you’d need to play many more times on this game than I did, hehehe.