By Playn GO
Min bet $0.10
Max bet $100
Max Win bet x 5000
Game provider Playn GO
Release Date 2/2021
Game Technology HTML5
Min bet $0.10
Max bet $100
Max Win bet x 5000
Gamble Feature Supplier, Freespins, Wilds, Random wilds, Multiplier wilds
Devices Support all devices
Configurable Winlines No
Progressive Jackpot No
Thunder Screech brings us to the American wilds where there is still a great variety of wildlife roaming around. The game doesn’t just feature a selection of the most famous animals, it also includes free spins, multiplier wilds and re-spins for its players.
If you are looking for a Play ‘n GO slot with a different twist, this game might fit the bill. Released in 2021 it is showing off their graphical prowess with a slot that is built around the classic wildlife found in North-America. The different animals make up the high-paying symbols of the game while the titular bird will fly overhead occasionally, or celebrate a big win with you. The 5-reel, 3-row playing field gives plenty of room to the different symbols to show themselves off.
By playing this game, players will strive to get a win on one of the 10 paylines. Getting a win will show the win line and cause the symbols to light up. In the background, players can see part of the woodlands where most of these animals roam. Whenever the free spins mode is activated the background changes slightly to show a storm passing overhead.
With regards to the sound design, the slot brings its influences to bear with a drum-heavy song playing in the background that increases in intensity when the free spins mode is activated. Players will also hear different sound effects related to the theme, like the birds screeching.
Thunder Screech is an attractive game as it uses hand-drawn symbols to show off the different animals. Each animal has its own style that is close to realistic, tied to a specific colour. This way, it stays easy on the eye to tell apart. The low-paying card letters don’t fit the theme as well but are made to look like they’re assembled out of wood boards. Although that still doesn’t quite relate to the setting, they do fit better visually.
Other symbols include a totem and a dreamcatcher which are used as special symbols. With such a large number of different symbols and low payouts, the game has High Volatility. Players will likely have to play for quite a while before getting a big win. Fortunately, the slot allows players to pick a bet between $0.10 and $100 per spin to adjust the risk they are willing to take.
The complete overview of the symbols has:
Since the game has quite high volatility it makes sense that the jackpot is also quite high. In this case, Thunder Screech offers the max. win of 5,000x your bet. That is obviously a sizeable number but comparing it to other slots with the same volatility it is about on par.
Thunder Screech keeps things light and simple when it comes to its features. The ones included in the game make the gameplay a bit more exciting but you won’t find anything explicitly original or complicated. Players who enjoy a standard slot with a fun but simple mix of features will probably find what they are looking for here.
The features include:
Although the free spins mode isn’t exceptionally hard to activate, most of the time you’ll be playing in the base game. This functions much the same as the free spins mode, with the only exception being the different wilds. During the base game, every spin is guaranteed to have a Wild on the screen.
At any point during the base game, random wilds can be added to the playing field that can help create wins. If the game adds 3 Scatters to the screen, the free spins mode is activated. When the game drops a Thunder Wild instead of a normal Wild, the re-spin functionality is triggered. During the free spins mode, every spin is guaranteed to drop a Thunder Wild which means that every free spin will always trigger a re-spin.
Thunder Screech is a great example of what this studio is capable of in both presentation and gameplay. The look of the game feels very original even though it doesn’t go out of its way to introduce anything new. The fact that there is a fully animated bird sometimes flying across the screen or hovering in front of you does help evoke a sense of wilderness.
The features aren’t terribly original and even their implementation isn’t completely unique, but that doesn’t matter much to me. The game did a good job of keeping me engaged and wanting to keep playing. The volatility is harsh but doesn’t feel punishing as the free spins mode regularly granted me bigger wins.
People who are looking for a standard slot in regards to gameplay but prefer something beautiful to look at will likely enjoy this game. As one of the developer’s newest games, it is also an excellent example of what they can offer in the future.