Lion Thunder Spin Boost: Slot Overview
Developer Blueprint Gaming continues their fascination with big cats in the release Lion Thunder Spin Boost. In a way, the game is an amalgamation of two Blueprint slots. One is Lion Thunder which is part of the Jackpot King Network contributing the bulk of the imagery and gameplay. The second, Big Cat Megaways, provides the Spin Boost mechanic. Confused, yeah a little bit. Basically, Lion Thunder Spin Boost is the non-jackpot version with a Spin Boost mechanic added in its place. The gameplay itself, however, draws inspiration from another iconic slot as you will see.
The dry golden land of Africa is the setting for Lion Thunder Spin Boost. A golden frame wraps around a 6-reel, 4,096 win ways grid with sparkling diamonds inlaid in the corners. The valuable jewel is a common motif throughout Lion Thunder, showing up later as the wild. If you’ve played a slot located in this part of the world, the visuals will be very familiar. Picture a blazing sun rising over acacia trees as elephants wander through the tall wavy grass. It’s a heavily romanticised image, popular in many slots. Blueprint has nailed the look while not really adding much new, which sort of turns out to be a metaphor for the game as a whole.
One area separating the two Lion Thunder games is their math model, including volatility. Blueprint has rated the jackpot version as medium/high, while the Spin Boost edition is straight ‘high’. The RTP is fairly high too with a rating of 96.5%, so no issues there. Possibly placing it in the 'no-go zone' for some of the low-rollers, Blueprint has made Lion Thunder Spin Boost available to play from 40 p/c to £/€100 per spin.
Often in these Africa nature slots, wins occur on a set number of paylines, so the pay all-ways system used here makes a nice change. Any three or more of a kind sitting adjacently from the first reel is a winner – two for the premium symbols. Low pays consist of 9-A card royals, while highs are four big cats, panthers, cheetahs, female lions, and a stern male lion. Landing six premium symbols results in payouts from 5 to 7.5 times the stake. Keep an eye on those diamonds which are wild, substituting for any symbol in Lion Thunder Spin Boost except the scatter.
Lion Thunder Spin Boost: Slot Features
Lion Thunder Spin Boost’s principal feature is a batch of free spins plus multiplier wilds. What makes the game stand out, to a degree, is its Spin Booster function. Finally, Lion Thunder comes with a bonus buy option, depending on jurisdiction.
The game’s logo is the scatter, appearing on any reel. When 3, 4, 5, or 6 land, players are awarded 8, 15, 25, or a massive 100 Thunder Spins to power through. Scatters land during the feature, so 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6 add 5, 8, 15, 25, or 100 more spins. Also in free spins, when diamond wilds land, they carry a multiplier of x2, x3, or x5 to increase the win amount while also multiplying each other.
Where Lion Thunder Spin Boost differs is in the step right before free spins start. Here, players can make use of the Spin Boost Wheel to potentially win extra spins. The wheel is split into two segments; the gold bit representing a win, the red a loss. This is optional, however, and comes with a cost. At the lowest level, 1x the bet can win you one extra spin. If you increase the payment, it becomes possible to win up to 4 extra spins, and the chance of winning them is higher. Players can keep buying extra chances as long as they like, up to 50 spins at the most. Already awarded free spins are not forfeit if the wheel spin is not successful.
If the feature buy is available in your jurisdiction, 40x the total bet will be deducted from your balance to guarantee at least three scatters land on the next spin. Triggering the feature this way still lets players have a crack at the Spin Boost Wheel if they want to.
Lion Thunder Spin Boost: Slot Verdict
It’s hard to see quite what angle Blueprint was aiming for here. Then again in a way, it feels like they’re aiming for every angle. The studio already did a similar thing in Big Cat King Megaways not long before offering a Spin Boost system. Lion Thunder Spin Boost has more of a classic slot vibe going on, drawing heavy inspiration from WMS' iconic Raging Rhino slot. Perhaps Lion Thunder Spin Boost was made to fill the mid-ground between Megaways and traditional gaming. The overall effect is a tad diverse while being familiar at the same time.
The gaming side of things kind of matches the theme treatment. There’s nothing wrong as such, but nothing overly new stands out either. Lion Thunder Spin Boost ably does what it was designed to, offering few surprises along the way. Wild multipliers can in theory pull off some decent wins during free spins, although we found the game to regularly serve up lengthy free spins rounds with plenty of dead spins. In fact, we struggled to win even 200x the couple of times we managed to trigger the 100 spins round. Blueprint mentions max wins are capped at £250,000 or 50,000x the bet, whatever comes first. Standard Blueprint small print, so it's hard to say what the actual (realistically speaking) max xbet win really is - our guess is in the region of 2-5,000x.
The Spin Boost is a pretty nifty feature to incorporate into a betting strategy, or just play around with. The cost of participating is actually fairly reasonable, making it a temptation indeed. There is also nothing so satisfying as picking up a decent win off one of the extra spins you’ve paid for. The annoying corollary, of course, is winning nothing on the spins you’ve forked out extra to buy and can tilt you like crazy, so use with caution.
When all is said and done, Lion Thunder Spin Boost is a competent addition to the African slot category that should entertain fans. The audiovisual presentation is excellent, and using a win-all-ways system is a welcome inclusion, so while Lion Thunder Spin Boost is far from being revolutionary, it does make for some solid gaming.
No-nonsense action with a dash of classic gaming gets Lion Thunder rolling, but a dead spin bonanza of a bonus may bring your fun to a halt.