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Afi4wins 1237 reviews
Malaysia
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When I was in my schooling days, one of my favourite TV shows was 'The Thunderbirds', an animated puppet action series, with the heroes always going out on hazardous rescue missions, with incredible machines to match. Incredible, because those machines were like nothing I have ever seen before at that point in time. And I thought this Rival game was about those heroes, but it wasn't. The Thunderbird refers to an ancient tribe's spiritual and mythical bird, often symbolised onto the tribe's Totem Poles for worship. Hmm. Anyway, the game has icons that look like puppets, all very colourfully presented, but all drowned by the demanding background transparency, creating confusion and unpleasant viewing. I don't like it at all. The background scenario for the icons should have been so much more muted or opaque, to make the symbols more prominent.

The odd looking multi-coloured Bird is the Thunderbird, the Wild symbol, which doesn't pay anything for itself but doubles all wins with it. It appears only on reels 1, 2, 3 and 4, it substitutes for other symbols except the Scatter symbol, and expands into a Wild Reel in winning combinations during the free spins. It doesn't expand in the base game. Sheesh! That whatever-head is the Scatter symbol, it also doesn't pay anything for itself, and getting 3, 4 or 5 of them triggers 10, 20 or 50 free spins without any multiplier. Argh! During the free spins, getting 3 or more of the Super Spirit symbols trigger 5 Super Spirit Free Spins, with reel 1 as a Wild Reel in each spin, and doubling all wins with it. The Free Spins game cannot be retriggered. Dang! As for the other symbols, the Snake pays 2000x, the Flower pays 1500x, the Feathers pay 1000x, and the rest pay from 600x to 60x, all per line bet for 5 of each kind. Yet another very low paytable.
Apart from the very low paytable, the performance of Thunderbird as a game failed to impress me. The base game was boring, the payouts were very small and unexciting, and the Free Spins games can be absolutely terrifying, with regular payouts of like 0.5x to 5x the total bet amount! I did manage to get one of that 5 Super Spirit Free Spins game, but the final payout was a miserably low 35x bet amount win. The best single win would be getting 5 of the Snake symbols with a Wild, for a 4000x line bet win, or 80x the total bet. Sheesh! One more Rival game for my deep freezer!
blondie 1081 reviews
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Thunderbird is one of the newest games from Rival software and when it launched, a few casinos gave me free spins on the game. I didn't manage to win anything from them but I did enjoy the looks for the game and decided to play it a little more.

In one of Rival casinos I had a balance of 100€ and I started to play this game. The inspiration for this game is ancient tribes, as far as I could tell. The game had bird, fish, drums and other symbols. I couldn't really say that they all looked cohesive, but the color scheme was in purple shades and looked good so even though I didn't feel like all symbols fit the theme, the game itself looked like an eye candy.

From technical point of view, Thunderbird is a regular 5 reel and 50 payline slot game, and luckily the paylines aren't fixed so player can choose to play on lower amount of paylines. Bonus wise the game offers a free spins round triggered by scatter symbols. My favorite part of the game was the wild symbols which gave 2x multiplied winnings. The wilds appeared really often but still, in my hour long session, not even once I had a win over 30x bet on base game and that win was because of a 5oak combination with wilds.

One of the most important things about this game is the fact that it is very expensive because the minimum bets are 0.50€. I wasn't brave enough to bet more than the minimums and when I triggered free spins for the first time I had great expectations. When you get 3 fish symbols, you get 10 free spins and for more scatters- more spins, up to 50. However the spins have 1x multiplier which doesn't really help. The small multiplier is being compensated with wilds that expand on winning combinations on first 4 reels. So in the free spins if you get 3 or more yellow fish symbols, they add 5 free spins on which 1st reel is a stacked wild. I managed to get this feature a few times in my session and I have to say- when I didn't get it, my winnings were less than 10x bet, so I think that the only possibility to get a decent win on free spins is if you get the super spins and wilds, which can be hard. Once I managed to get 20 free spins and the super spins too but it paid me only 20x bet, and my biggest win on free spins was 44x bet.
Overall this is a game I wouldn't recommend to play. Yes, it does look really pretty, but it is a real money eater. Even with the fact that I managed to trigger free spins very frequently, I also managed to lose 80€ by playing with minimum bets only. And it seemed like getting a 100x bet win would be really hard, not even thinking of larger wins. Won't be playing this game again.
Awena 550 reviews
Bosnia and Herzegovina
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Thunderbird is one of the newest video slot from impressive Rival game provider. After you see this game intro, it will be obvious that this game is about Native Americans and their spiritual life. I like its design and theme very much. Soundtrack sounds so calming and so different. I could listen to it for hours while playing this game. I tried this game in demo mode so far, because I couldn’t resist and on the other hand I couldn’t afford to deposit. But my session was really successful and one win after another. I know its doubtful whether we should trust demo mode or not, there is a difference but I am going to play this game in real mode soon. First 50 spins were most deadly and paid zero.. but then I had few descent wins and at that moment I wished I played for real money. I doubled my balance and was pretty excited.

Thunderbird free spins feature simply rocks. If 3 scatters appear randomly on active payline and start bonus feature there you go with 10 free spins and you could win up to 50 free spins. But they seems hard to trigger as you need 5 scatters. But if you trigger more then 3 scatters during this feature you get into ‘Super Spirit Bonus’ and will get rewarded with additional 5 free spins. The most valuable symbol is totem which represent holly snake. 5 totem symbols on active payline would pay 2000x line win. As for wild symbol.. when iot substitute for other symbols all wins are paid x 2. Rival didn’t come up with something different but with really nice design and theme. They should pay far more attention to game feature because as I could noticed, their game creators are luck of inspiration. We want to see something different not just from Rival but from Microgaming too. Add some spices, please.

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