Released: October, 2018
Thunderkick takes you on a trip to a bamboo forest with their 2018 release Tiger Rush. The game uses a random theme and pretty simple visuals. As a matter of fact, this is one of the least elaborate Thunderkick slot machines with it comes to the game’s appearance. Yet, the overall atmosphere of the game, its bonus features and a maximum possible payout are alluring enough to stay tuned for more information.
The game is played at 5 reels and 10 fixed paylines in the base game while in the bonus game the reels expand and you can create winning combinations across 25 paylines. In both cases, the game pays left to right and right to left. The reels look like a plate with a golden frame and they are set deep in a dense bamboo forest with a mist blurring the trees that make up the backdrop. A matching soundtrack adds a mysterious feel to the game thus providing you with an immersive gaming experience.
The icons included in the paytable are somewhat vague. Those awarding prizes of a higher value are depicted as tiles with birds and flowers. Glossy stones with leaves in vibrant colours pay low-value awards. They come in yellow, green, red, blue and purple. Low-value symbols look like they glow when landing on the brownish reels.
The tiger stands for Wild that appears on the reels 2, 3 and 4 only and expands. Its representation resembles Oriental drawings and colours the overall atmosphere of the game. There are no special animations when Wild expands. It is all so simple, just like the rest of the game. Scatter is depicted as the logo of the game and it is responsible for triggering the free spins feature.
If you have played any of the previous Thunderkick releases, you are familiar with the interface of their games. Even if you haven’t, you will figure it out with no difficulty as the only thing you should set before you start spinning the reels is your stake. Just choose a total bet ranging between 0.10 and 100 credits and push the Spin button.
The game allows you to activate up to 5,000 automatic spins that can end when the feature is triggered. To win a prize, land at least 3 symbols of a kind in succession on a payline starting from the leftmost or the rightmost reel.
Bonus features definitely make up for not so enticing visuals in Tiger Rush. During the base game, Tiger Wild will expand to cover the reel entirely. Knowing that the special symbol replaces all regular symbols to help you complete your winning combos, by expanding, it will boost your odds for sure. What’s more, whenever it expands, Tiger Wild awards a free spins thus providing you with an additional chance to hit a win.
Land Tiger Rush Scatter on the reels 1 and 2 at the same time and you will trigger the bonus game. Another way of triggering it is by landing Scatter and Wild on adjacent positions. If you trigger the feature by landing 2 Scatters, you will get 5 free spins. Triggering the bonus game with 2 Scatters and 2 Wilds grants 10 free spins. During free turns, the tree central reels expand to 5 positions thus increasing a total number of paylines to 25.
A maximum possible payout one can hit while playing the Tiger Rush slot stands at 1,750x. The top paying icon is the one with birds and it pays 15x your total stake for five of a kind. Thanks to the Both Ways Pay system, you will create winning combos quite frequently but they may not be that lucrative until you trigger the free spins feature with more paylines active.
Thunderkick is well-known for creating low variance slot machines and Tiger Rush is one of the exceptions in their portfolio. It may take time till you activate free games where the biggest wins are hidden, so keep an eye on your bankroll. Despite its not so attractive appearance, the game has a lot to offer, so if you like high volatility games, make sure to give the title released in October 2018 a try.