Played over five reels and three rows, Riders of the Storm is a steampunk-inspired slot from Thunderkick and has this game provider’s typically strong, detailed visuals. It also features stacked Wilds, no fewer than four free-spin rounds (each with differing volatility) and more than 240 ways to win – so it’s not just a pretty face!
As the game kicks off, a storm is brewing and the sky growing dark. Look up to catch a glimpse of an airship, whose crew could take you to an array of bonus features as you turn the reels. Expect comic-style graphics and echoing thunderclaps as part of the sound effects alongside the ethereal background music. Lanterns hang from each corner of the reel set to complete the look.
How to play
Look forward to Thunderkick’s trademark wide betting range, with the chance to play from 10p to £100 a spin, depending on how you feel about risk.
The 16 symbols include the typical 10 to A values plus anchors, ship wheels and spear-hooks (the latter three are middling in value). Then you have the three principal characters – the huntress, the mechanical engineer and the patriarch captain. The latter is the most lucrative icon, paying out 15x stake for a five-of-a-kind combo.
Riders of the Storm special features
The compass serves as the Scatter in Riders of the Storm. Rake in 2, 20 or 200x stake respectively for three, four or five of them.
The crystal is the Wild, and it doesn’t just help form winning combinations. During the base game, for example, it can pop up with a nice little 2x multiplier attached.
Launch this, as ever, with a minimum of three Scatters. You have four choices here, including free spins, a Wild multiplier and a stacked symbol.
Take your pick from one of the four following bonus options:
- The Mechanical Engineer – Kick off with 15 free whirls and enjoy a 2x walking Wilds; this is the lowest-volatility option. (By the way, a walking Wild is one that, after landing on the reels, shifts left or right until it leaves the screen.)
- The Huntress – This medium-variance option gives you 15 free spins to start off with and is played with a 3x walking Wild
- The Patriarch Captain – This kicks off with half a dozen free whirls and incorporates a 5x walking Wild; it’s the option with the highest volatility and the greatest winning potential
- The Mystery Option – Offers a random amount of free spins from six to 15 plus a random walking Wild multiplier of up to 5x
Finally, this is quite a retrigger-happy round, with the chance to land up to three retriggers or 33 additional goes in all.
Mystery Wild Reels
This activates at random on any spin to transform up to four reels into fully stacked Wilds.
As usual with Thunderkick slots, there are no bonus games to be had here.
Return to Player (RTP)
Theoretical RTP or Return to Player in Riders of the Storm falls between 96.14% and 96.15%, or very slightly above the Thunderkick norm. Exact RTP will depend on the volatility of the bonus game you choose.
You’ll particularly love Riders of the Storm if you enjoy sci-fi and adventures in the Victorian style. But if you don’t, you should find masses to enjoy here, even if some of the features appear somewhat recycled, the game packs in sufficient thrills.
There’s a comparatively low bonus frequency, so you could experience some dry spells. But with the chance to bank over £26,400x stake, you’re likely to stay interested.
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