Thunderkick is not what we’d call a young company, but not all that old either. Getting their start in 2012, the company has already proven that they have what it takes to survive in the competitive and cutthroat world of real-money online gaming, but they certainly haven’t been around long enough to get too comfortable and lose that drive that comes out of a new company hungry for success.
Thunderkick is a full-fledged online casino game supplier, creating their own original games and providing remote gaming servers that allow casino operators from all over the world to connect and offer the Thunderkick catalogue to their players. They currently have offices in Stockholm and Malta and hold licenses from both the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) and the United Kingdom Gambling Commission (UKGC). Their games are also certified in more than 10 different jurisdictions.
Showing the quality of their games and the depth of the trust they’ve acquired throughout the industry, you’ll find their games available in some of the largest and most well known online casinos around the world. The Thunderkick site lists about 15 casinos that carry their catalogue of games including Mr Green, 888, William Hill, Leo Vegas, Betsson, Unibet, Bet365, and more.
A Different Take On Classic Slot Machines
At the time of writing, the Thunderkick catalogue of games and online video slot machines includes about 30 different games with teasers indicating that more are on the way. Their games stand out not so much for having unusual gameplay features, but for innovative and risky changes to the classic interpretation of what a slot machine should look like. Flame Busters, for example, is a completely modern slot machine as far as the behind-the-scenes game mechanics go, but the play screen is designed to look like an old 8-bit video arcade machine reminiscent of something like Donkey Kong.
Other intresting games that don’t exactly do things the way you might expect include Fruit Warp, where rather than symbols spinning on reels, fruit is thrown towards the player on a three dimensional screen. The concept of reels and rows are completely taken out of the game. Birds On a Wire uses three power lines as the rows of the “reels” where flocks of birds come to sit. Birds in winning combinations get electrocuted and explode only to have new birds swoop in and take their places for extra chances to win.
Then there’s Sunset Delight, which has an especially interesting presentation style. Three ice cream cones appear on the screen with three scoops of ice cream on each. With each spin, the cones are whisked away and three new cones are built up one scoop at a time to determine if you win or not. The colors and graphics on this one are also strikingly well done.
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Comparing Thunderkick To The Competition
For having a relatively small catalogue of games when compared to many of the major slot development outfits, Thunderkick’s offerings stand up very well. The quality of their games is evident from the moment you load one up in your browser. The graphics on some of them are downright stunning, and the gameplay is always smooth and enjoyable.
Thunderkick games offer plenty of features that will make them attractive to many different players and gambling styles. Bonus features vary quite a lot, going from standard free spins up to interactive features, with most games incorporating several different bonus features. They also employ a good mixture of low, medium and high volatility across their games. A bit more than half of their games look to be low and medium volatility, which should appeal to novice and conservative gamblers, and then, of course, that leaves plenty of high volatility games that will provide the excitement that more seasoned players are after.
The one thing that you might say is lacking is the presence of any type of progressive jackpot games. But then again, this is not something you’d really expect from a company with such a limited set of games, and therefore a more limited exposure. With continued growth — which seems inevitable — there could very well be some big jackpot games in the future, though.
Overall, Thunderkick looks to be in a great position to develop an even better relationship with both the online casino industry and online casino players. They’ve shown great creativity and ingenuity as well as a clear commitment to producing quality games. They say slow and steady wins the race and we will be eagerly waiting to see what this creative crew comes up with when they finally move ahead of the pack and take the position they deserve.