In Thunderhorn, the player can expect to find a theme related to African tribal culture and to the various animals that the continent will host. From rhinos (which will give the slots its name), to leopards and images of tribal masks and drums, the game offers a number of good related images, along with some that are not interesting at all. Thunderhorn has tall reels, 5 of them and with 4 symbols in each case, plus 1024 ways to win spread out across. This should bring you plenty of good opportunities to create winning combinations doesn’t rely only on them. It will also offer you wild or bonus symbols, free spins and multipliers, so all the usual good features available in modern slot machines. The top prize will be worth $4,800.
The betting requirements are actually a bit lower than I expected, 40 lines/coins being sufficient to activate the 1024 ways to win. You’re the one deciding the credit value, but keep in mind that you need to multiply that amount by 40, to get to the total. The maximum line bet reaching $16, the total can get to $640. You can also get away with a bet of just $0.40 per spin though.
Africa has inspired a lot of slot machines already, and a couple of them have a rhino as a focus. At the same time, you’re going to notice tribal motifs and other wild animals. There is no originality here, if that’s what you’re after in your games. You get a look at the wild savanna of Africa in the background, with a red overlay placed on top of it, so the land looks a bit spooky. You will find that spears are used as borders on all sides, which is a nice touch, given the warrior culture of the continent and their use of this weapon. The main role is given to Thunderhorn, a dangerous looking rhino that’s looking straight at you from its symbol. The tribal mask, the leopard, a drum, a pottery bowl, an African tree and a logo are among the symbols which I’d consider fairly interesting in this case. The ones that don’t make the cut are the boring poker cards, which are not themed at all, and don’t contribute to the game’s atmosphere. The design is not that great unfortunately, so if you need a pretty screen to look at while you’re playing, Thunderhorn will not be the kind of game that will give it to you. It doesn’t help that only half of its symbols look appropriate for the theme.
For the middle three columns, the game offers wild symbols, which will have the image of an African tree. The lone tree, with the huge Sun visible behind it, is often selected for symbols in African themed slots. The wild will be usable as a replacement for another symbol, but only if it’s not the Bonus icon. Because you have ways to win in this slot, forming a combination with a wild in it should be easier. The other big symbol to pay attention to is the simple one, with just a Bonus logo in it. All the reels can get it, but you need a minimum of two visible to get free spins from it. 5, 8, 15 or 20 free spins are won, depending on how many of the five scatters you land. During free spins, if you happen to get wild symbols that help you out from the middle three reels, you will get a 2x or 3x multiplier from each one. These should multiply with each other and they apply to the total win of the round, not just to the combinations that they’re a part of. Those free spins look pretty good, but otherwise you’re getting what you expect from the slot, feature wise at least.
With slot machines that have 1024 ways to win, the rewards tend to be lower, so the $4,800 jackpot offered in Thunderhorn is not a huge downside. Also, there are multipliers available during free games, so you can win a decent jackpot all things considered. The RTP for Thunderhorn is the same as in a lot of other slots of theirs, at 94.03%. It’s a typical Bally slot machine, but not a great game overall, since I’d consider it decent if it was at 96% or higher.
Thunderhorn is an average game in most areas, so it’s not going to be a title that I would recommend. The theme is not unique, the features are OK but common, and the graphics and average RTP are just average. It’s in the usual note for Bally Technologies though.