21 Thor Lightning Ways: Slot Overview
One of the big men of the slot game has landed, swinging his legendary hammer, sending baddies fleeing before his righteous wrath. Yup, the Norse God Thor is here in the online slot 21 Thor Lightning Ways from developer 4ThePlayer. When a new 4ThePlayer slot comes our way, it tends to raise a certain level of anticipation. The studio has built a reputation for creating innovative, sophisticated slots, of which 3 Secret Cities, 10x Rewind, and 60 Second Heist are three quick examples which rolled onto the page, serving up things few to no other slots do. The question now is just how 21 Thor Lightning Ways will go about doing so, or not. Let's find out.
One thing 21 Thor Lightning Ways does is draw the eye, another trait common in slots from this studio. The artwork is of a high standard, the game world mystical, and Thor's there, wavering around next to the game grid, ready to vanquish foes. Or, in this game, the big guy blasts the gaming grid with Lightning Ways from time to time, which you'll want to happen since it potentially pulls multipliers into play. Trigger free spins, and the action shifts away from the cool blue icy realm of the base game to a reddy windy one for the bonus. Both are equally striking.
Players have three general ways of taking on 21 Thor Lightning Ways. One is the regular method whereby users pick a stake of 20 c to $/€20 per spin and smash the spin button like Thor cracking heads. The other two are buying a spin with random Lightning Ways or buying free spins. Whatever the method, the theoretical return value is 96% coupled with high volatility. Gaming takes place on a 5x5 matrix where there are 3,125 ways to win.
Theme-inspired 10 to A card ranks are 21 Thor Lightning Ways' low pay symbols covered in bolts of electricity and paying 0.5 to 0.7 times the bet for a 5 OAK hit. Next is a horn full of drink, crossed axes, a ship, a golden city, a female character, and Thor as the high pays. When 5 OAK high pay winning way lands, it pays 1 to 5 times the bet. Helping players do so is the Mjolnir wild, as it substitutes for anything except the scatter and appears on all reels.
21 Thor Lightning Ways: Slot Features
The call to action in this game is 'Feel the thunder with Lightning Ways!' How someone might go about doing so is via the said Lightning Ways feature, Lightning Strike, Thunder Free Spins, and 4 buy features.
Each spin has 1 or more active Lightning Ways on it. These are like special winlines with a displayed multiplier attached to them. Wins on a Lightning Way are multiplied by the value they display and are calculated from left to right on consecutive reels from the first reel onwards.
At random, Thor can create Lightning Ways on any spin with a multiplier of 5x to 100x. He may do this before or after the reels stop. New Lightning Ways lines disappear when the next spin begins.
Thunder Free Spins
Hitting 3, 4, or 5 shield scatters awards 15, 20, or 30 free spins, respectively. The more scatters that trigger the feature, the higher the starting multiplier values will be. Extra Lightning Ways are available during free spins, and each win on a Lightning Way increases the respective multiplier. In addition, Thor may create new Lightning Wins at any time during the round.
Available in the feature buy menu are 15, 20, or 30 Thunder free spins for 50x, 100x, or 150x the bet, or a spin with random Lightning Ways for 25 times the bet.
21 Thor Lightning Ways: Slot Verdict
21 Thor Lightning Ways was a standout game from 4ThePlayer, but not for the reasons you might suspect. Not knocking the game, for now, yet it wasn't as intricately designed as they can be from this studio. At times, 4ThePlayer slots take more time going over the pay table, absorbing all the details, and cross-checking them with the action taking place on the reels before getting a clear idea of what's going on. Okay, that was a bit of an exaggeration, but such was the comparative simplicity of 21 Thor Lightning Ways that it produced thinking along those lines. Complexity isn't so much the case in 21 Thor Lightning Ways, which basically puts special paylines on the grid with multipliers attached for players to attempt landing wins across. Surprisingly simple. And this isn't intended as a critique as such, more an observation and a record of the first impressions.
From there, did 21 Thor Lightning Ways thunder across the reels, rocking the Nine Realms to their foundations and shaking Yggdrasil as if a terrifying cosmic wind was blowing? Erm, not really. The slot looks great; that's a bonus, as the two game phase domains have been nicely rendered. Lightning Ways are a neat addition, too, and including them in future games shouldn't elicit complaints. No, the strange thing about 21 Thor Lightning Ways is the way it has paired a highly volatile math model, multipliers of up to x100 with max winning potential of 'just' 1,500x the bet. Not all games have to break records, of course, but when compared to heavyweights like 90K Yeti Gigablox and a lot, if not most, of what 4ThePlayer usually lets loose, it's a noticeably low number.
Therefore, prospective players will need to be comfy with expecting modest winning potential as a key objective if they decide to take 21 Thor Lightning Ways on, especially given the high risk low reward ratio. It's not as wildly innovative as some 4ThePlayer slots can be, but the Lightning Ways mechanism presents an interesting and fairly unique way of injecting random multipliers into the mix that might be worth a look, regardless of the weaker elements.
Some things in 21 Thor Lightning Ways pound like Mjolnir; other parts are like a light tap.