Free Riders of the Storm slot
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Riders of the Storm slot by Thunderkick will instantly disabuse you of the idea it's based on that famous music track by The Doors which the title suggests. The reels are stone and they are set over the noisy background of a thunderstorm in progress which provides the sound effects alongside some classical music. So we have a dark fantasy theme here in the genre of many other games hailing from Swedish studios including Raven's Eye from this very same developer, Quickspin's Ivan and the Immortal King but this sample wouldn't be complete without Netent's very good Arcane Reel Chaos of course! So can these riders navigate our bankroll safely through this violent storm, or will it consume the lot?
On The Reels...
We have a 243-way slot here which means no fixed pay lines and symbols appearing singly plus of course 5 reels of 3 rows each. You can play for a little as 10 coins and we'll start with those all-important 5-of-a-kind pays which are 15x for the Wild Crystals which pay a 2x multiplier, 15x for the Red Lady, 12.5x Green Lady, 10x for the Workman, 8x Ship's Wheel, 7x Anchor, 6x Hook with six card values paying from 4 down to 2x for a full way of 5 symbols. Ship's Compass scatters appear on all reels and pay 200x bet if youre lucky enough to land all 5, but 3 will suffice for a quite interesting bonus choice.
Mystery Wild Reels
The same as Wild Desire or the Wildstorm on Microgaming's Immortal Romance and Thunderstruck 2 slots, you may get random Wild reels appearing, although on Riders of the Storm slot you can get a maximum of 4 as opposed to all 5 on those games.
Having got 3 or more scatters, you may select from 4 options for the free games modifiers, with each having low, medium or high volatility. In all options the Wild will be a Walking Wild which moves one reel leftwards with a respin until it disappears, all on the same free game too.
Low - pick the Workman to be the stacked symbol, get 15 free spins and the Walking Wild will be 2x.
Medium - pick the Green Lady to be the stacked symbol, get 10 free spins and the Walking Wild will be 3x.
High - pick the Red Lady to be the stacked symbol, get 6 free spins and the Walking Wild will be 5x.
Random - a pick-me which results in any combination or spin quantity, Wild multiplier and character for stacking
You can get retriggers for 3 or more scatters and a counter will appear awarding from 3 to 13 extra spins in stages of 2, i.e. 3,5,7 etc. After 3 retriggers the scatters will disappear from the reels.
As usual Thunderkick have nailed it with fantastic graphics, sounds and animations here but are not content with that, they give us a great slot to play as well. The Wild Reels feature is always popular on 243-way slots and is nothing new, but there is some serious potential if you pick the Random Option in the bonus and get the optimum combination. Thunderkick proclaim on the splash screen of Riders of the Storm slot that if that happens, you can win up to 26,426x bet as a total! Your overall RTP is 96.14% whichever choices you make, in the long term, but those free games can go on quite a while when the Wilds are appearing as they are part of the same free spin until they disappear, so in all options you can make some serious totals in this bonus. Really, this is one storm you should ride into as soon as you get a chance to...