A Walk in Nature
Native American culture, or rather cultures given the sheer number of peoples and customs that exist across North America, is known for being very close to nature. Thunder Bird got inspired by that and takes players into some spectacular, natural settings with forested mountains in the background, a winding river and plenty of stars in the sky. The reels are framed by engraved totems and themselves seem to be make out of parchment.
Thunder Bird is visually stunning, with enough details to take you miles away from the classic casino atmosphere that all players know. You could almost feel the fresh air on your face and smell the trees in the distance. But try not to waste too much time admiring the landscape, as we do have a big jackpot to win here.
Play Big and You Will Win Big
Thunder Bird is based on a classic setup of 5 reels and 20 fixed paylines, onto which you can bet from 0.20 to 10 credits per turn. The command bar underneath the reels is explicit enough to let all players, total beginners included, start easily on the reels. Check out the classic autospin game mode if you want to play with the same wager several times in a row too.
It only takes a few spins to see that Thunder Bird, like many other GameArt slots, has a medium volatility that makes it a very balanced game. Each spin of the reels has the potential to yield a prize, big or small, which makes Thunder Bird quite exciting to play. As for the symbols themselves, they range from the familiar card icons to owls, wolves, buffalos, warriors and more. You can win a maximum of 1,000 credits in Thunder Bird when playing all-in on the reels.
Follow the Advice of the Great Spirit
The Thunder Bird itself, a magnificent blue eagle, plays 2 different roles in this slot. In the base game, it has the power to replace the other icons and help you score some extra wins along the way. In free spin mode, these wilds become “sticky” and stay in place for as long as the reels are spinning.
The bird symbol scatter hold the key to activating the free spin mode, which consists of 10 free games during which you can win surprise multipliers (up to x5) whenever the golden total appears on the central reel. One detail worth noting is that you can prolong the free spin mode by finding 2 more scatters at any time, adding 5 free spins to the counter in the process.
Average Basic Features with Beautiful Graphics and a Generous Bonus Round
Thunder Bird is an impressive slot game with beautiful graphics and a very intuitive gameplay that makes it accessible to virtually any player. The paytable if full of very decent cash prizes, albeit no real jackpot. The free spin feature makes up for it by introducing win multipliers, but it might take you a while to actually trigger it. That being said, Thunder Bird is a well-balanced mix of challenging features and a user-friendly interface, all wrapped up with a great graphic environment.
If you are dying to play another beautiful game inspired by Native American cultures, then you have to try Indian Dreaming from Aristocrat. You will find free spins there as well, and a new beautiful universe to explore too.