Thunder Reels Slot Review

Online slots don’t come more old-school looking than Thunder Reels, a 3 reel, 5 payline slot from Playson. This classic wouldn’t look out of place in a 1980s arcade. Stakes start at 5p going up to £25 per spin. If you pine for the days of a simple, traditional fruit machine then you’ll find Thunder Reels a treat.

You don’t have to worry about expansive bonus features, free spins, photo realistic graphics or 3D animations. Playson has kept things super simple. It’s just three reels, five line and an assortment of symbols familiar to slots fans whatever their age.

Yes, there are a couple of features. There’s a standard gamble which lets you double or quadruple your win by successfully guessing the colour and suit of the next playing card show. If you manage to fill all nine reels with the same symbol your win will be subject to a 2x multiplier and doubled. And that’s about it as far as features are concerned. Thunder Reels is all about the base game which extremely fast-paced if you use the auto play option.

The reels are packed full of oranges, lemons, cherries and berries as well as bars, stars and lucky 77s. The 77 is by far the biggest paying symbol, offering payouts of up to 750 coins if you manage to find a three symbol combination. The stars pay out 200, the bars 60 and all the fruits 40. Finally there’s the X symbol which pays out 5.

The visuals are pretty standard fare which is right in keeping with the old-school flavour. The symbols are all set against a dark blue backdrop and are clearly defined. Despite being so simple, Thunder Reels sits pretty high on the variance scale. Expect some fairly long dry spells.

When the symbols do hit though the rewards can be impressive. Given the high pace, especially in autoplay, some careful bankroll management is called for. Playson has got the look and feel of the traditional fruit machine down to a T. If you fancy reliving the golden days of the arcade then Thunder Reels could be the slot for you. If you prefer more modern slots, Eastern Delights and Dracula’s Family (also by Playtech) are recommended.