Thunderkick is an online gaming provider that was established in Sweden in 2012. It has released more than 65 games since that time, and every one of them has been greeted with enthusiasm by players all around the world. Some of the most popular Thunderkick titles here in New Zealand are Rex the Hunt, Esqueleto Explosivo 2, Midas Golden Touch, and Phoenix Paradise, but really the entire library of games continues to entertain online casino fans. In this brief review, we take a look at how the company got started, what its aims are, and why its games are so special.
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In the Beginning…
Thunderkick started out as "a tiny studio in Stockholm with a couple of guys who decided to do their own thing". The motivation of the founders was to keep things fun and to "give a damn" about the people they interacted with, no matter how successful they became.
Those people included everyone from players and customers to business partners and colleagues, and we're pleased to report that the company has remained true to itself all along the line. Not only has Thunderkick been very good to the people it works with, but it has also managed to retain a high level of independence which allows it to do its own thing in its own unique way.
Thunderkick is a bigger company now than it was when it was first formed in 2012, but it is still a relatively small studio in what it calls "an industry ruled by giants". Even so, every title it releases to the online gaming community makes a big impact, so let's turn our attention to what sets its games apart from those released by other providers.
Why Players Love Thunderkick Games
We said earlier that Thunderkick has released more than 65 titles since the company was founded in 2012. All of those games have been online pokies, so you won't find any table games or Live Casino games in its library. That doesn't mean the company won't explore those genres in the future, but pokie slots have been very much centre stage thus far, and they are likely to remain so.
All of the online pokies that have been put out by Thunderkick are well worth spending time with, and there are no titles that fail to impress. Whether you play Lost City of the Djinn, Baron Bloodmore, Lava Lava, Pink Elephants, Esqueleto Explosivo, or any other pokie from the company's back catalogue, you're sure to have a lot of fun. For those of you who want to gain an overview of the company's output in a relatively short amount of time, here are three titles that we particularly recommend.
Beat the Beast Kraken's Lair
This is just one game in what has become a whole series of Beat the Beast titles. Each game focuses on a mythological beast, and in this case, it's the mighty Kraken - a sea monster that has put terror in the hearts of sailors for centuries. This online pokie has five reels and takes place at the bottom of the ocean, where you'll see more than one unfortunate shipwreck.
Land three or more Kraken Emblem symbols to trigger the Bonus Game. Here you'll get 10 free spins and a Kraken Emblem - which serves as a wild as well as a scatter - will be randomly placed on the grid at the start of each spin.
Midas Golden Touch
The legend of King Midas, who had the power to turn whatever he touched into gold, is the inspiration for this 2019 release. The five reels are situated in a luxurious palace environment, and higher-value symbols include a chest of coins, an ornate chalice, a golden crown, King Midas and two hands working their gold-making magic.
A large door to a secret palace chamber acts as a scatter symbol, and when you get three or more of them on the reels at the same time you'll trigger the bonus game. This will give you 10, 15 or 20 free spins, depending on how many scatters triggered the feature, and any win in this part of the game will trigger a sticky respin. Get lucky and you could win a top payout of 101,000 times your bet, which is a sum that even Midas himself would be pleased with.
Rex The Hunt
This is a dinosaur-themed online pokie that was released at the end of 2020. The titular Rex could be the name of the cigarillo-smoking hunter who stars in the game, or a reference to the Tyrannosaurus Rex that he's stalking. Either way, this game has a 3-4-4-4-3 format and gives you 178 ways to win with every spin.
Symbols in this game include several cartoon-style dinosaurs, including the aforementioned T-Rex, the hunter, a Rex The Hunt logo, which is a scatter, and stacked mystery symbols. Land three or more scatters and you'll get 10 free spins that can be retriggered, and mystery symbols that appear will remain sticky for the remainder of the round.
Thunderkick: Our Verdict
We have only discussed three games here, but that should be more than enough to highlight how varied they are in terms of theme, format and features. Explore the rest of the Thunderkick catalogue and you'll discover even more variety, with online pokies to suit fans of all genres. You can expect that variety to continue expanding, as new titles are released on a fairly regular basis, and if the company remains consistent in its allegiance to quality first and foremost, we are confident that Thunderkick will go on to enjoy even greater success in the years and decades to come.