Thunder Screech: Slot Overview
Helping players get their recommended dose of (virtual) vitamin D is Play'n GO’s outdoor-themed slot Thunder Screech. Set in the majestic North American countryside, Thunder Screech offers a reliable dose of fairly predictable gameplay, utilising features such as sticky wild multipliers and free spins. Providing a minor twist, Thunder Screech uses less common wildlife to populate a unique presentation of this picturesque part of the planet.
While researching Thunder Screech we happened upon a rather interesting piece of military history. Instead of diving into Native American culture and uncovering a profoundly spiritual meaning of the title, the concatenated word Thunderscreech refers to an experimental aircraft from the 1950s. Its official designation was the Republic XF-84H, but it was un-affectionately known as the Thunderscreech and was the loudest aircraft ever made. The problem was its propeller rotated faster than the speed of sound, creating a continuous sonic boom. Not only could it be heard 40km away, but the propeller provoked seizures, and the noise it created caused ground crew to become physically sick.
Thunder Screech the slot is a much more peaceful experience. Very peaceful in fact, where a 5-reel, 10-payline grid has been set in an idyllic setting which brought back pleasant memories of reviewing Red Tigers’ slot Kulta Jaska. Both are located in the sort of rural setting where you can actually hear your thoughts shift from one to another. The kind of place where the sky seems bigger than normal, where birds of prey circle at great heights, where the wind blowing through distant trees sounds like mountain spirits. The kind of place city dwellers would benefit from escaping to but rarely have the time. In short, Thunder Screech is attractive autumnal arcadia, with a touch of Native American culture.
Back to the business at hand, Thunder Screech may be played on any device, offering bets of 10 p/c to £/€100 per spin. If you think a highly volatile math model would be out of place in such an idyllic setting, then Play’n GO would seem to agree. Instead, they’ve dialled volatility down to a medium setting, rating it 6 out of 10. RTP is variable so look out for that. The preferable version being the default value of 96.2%.
Nature themes the paytable as well, starting with low pay 10-A royals which look like they’ve been knocked together using spare bits of wood. More wood is used to frame the high pays, consisting of beavers, otters, skunks, foxes and crows. For the most part, it’s not the animals generally used in these sorts of games, making it a nice change from dodging stampedes of buffalo. Five of a kind values are quite high too, where premium combinations payout from 10 to 75 times your stake.
Thunder Screech: Slot Features
When it comes to features, Thunder Screech makes use of wilds, wild multipliers and free spins in various ways. The Thunderbird totem symbol is the wild, appearing only on the 3 central reels. The wild can substitute all symbols except the scatter to complete a winning combination. At random, the Call feature may activate adding 5 to 9 wild symbols on to the reels. When added, wins are calculated after the effect.
The Strike feature is also randomly activated, upgrading all wilds to Thunder Wilds. Thunder Wilds are sticky and trigger respins. They also possess a multiplier, starting at x1, increasing by 1 on each subsequent respin until they reach x3, then they unstick. When more than one Thunder Wild is part of a winning combo, their multipliers are added together for a maximum value of x9. It’s possible new Thunder Wilds land on a respin, extending the feature and only ends when no more are present.
Landing dream catcher scatter symbols on reels 1, 3 and 5 triggers 5 free spins. Wilds are all upgraded to Thunder Wilds for the duration. On each free spin, at least one Thunder Wild is guaranteed to land, triggering the Strike feature thereby bringing multipliers into the bonus game. On a side note, scatters do not land during the Call, Strike or bonus round, so free spins cannot be retriggered.
Thunder Screech: Slot Verdict
It’s pretty obvious, but let’s state it anyway by saying Thunder Screech isn’t the Play’n GO team flexing their considerable design chops. The simple 10 payline gaming can spark, though not in the explosive way a ‘book of’ slot can do as a comparison. Still, sticky wild multipliers are certainly capable of producing thrills during respins and free spins. Max win sits in the region of 5,000 times the stake, which has a probability of being hit once every 100 million spins or so.
It all means Thunder Screech could well be an enjoyable game for players who don’t want to go all-in crazy. Mid-level volatility is combined with good stats (provided you’re playing the default RTP version), and potential is solid too. Thunder Screech isn’t the kind of game which is set to ignite high light reels, yet that’s not really its purpose. What is its purpose then? In part, yes it does have a filler vibe, but this being Play’n GO, their filler slots are still playable slots. Thunder Screech is a good looking game too, evoking a naturalist response we explored in possibly a little too much detail in the overview section.
For players in the mood for some North American themed gaming, with a hint of Native American mysticism that’s not highly volatile and doesn’t involve wolves or buffalo, Thunder Screech could be alright. Anyone outside this narrow scope will probably need to compromise or choose a different game.
It’s hard to get too excited about Thunder Screech’s conventional gaming, though the pretty location and straightforward gaming does its best to win you over.