Thunder Screech Review

Name:  Thunder Screech

Developer:  Play n Go

Paylines:  10

Reels:  5

Rows:  4

RTP:  96.2%

Variance:  Medium

Top Payout:  5,000x


Release Date:  


About This Slot

Thunder Screech from Play n Go was released in February 2021. The parire theme is reminiscent of many other slots like Microgaming’s Mystical Dreams and Pragmatic Play’s Broncos Spirit. The artwork is pretty decent, mainly illustrative and a Yankee soundtrack adds to the flavor and atmosphere. Those who are expecting a super high-variance monster slot, or one of Play n Go’s classic grid games will be disappointed – this is not another Reactoonz 2. Far from it, but it’s still a fun play and offers some pretty tasty potential.

Wins come from matching a minimum of 3 identical symbols across consecutive payline positions from left to right. The interface is fairly simple and easy to navigate like most Play n Go slots, so you can turn music on or off or initiate Autoplay.

Stakes start from just 10p per spin.

RTP, Variance and Top Payout

The RTP of 96.20% strives to deliver a balanced gameplay, which is also backed up with the game’s medium variance. In layman terms, this means a pretty steady pay model with fairly frequent modest wins, without the peaks and troughs of high variance slots.

The maximum win is capped at 5,000x the bet which is good for a medium variance game, so if you are playing with the highest wager available, you could get hands on prizes going up to £500,000.

Symbols and Graphics

Low-win icons on the reels are represented by the playing card symbols 10 through to Ace delivering 2x and 3x the stake when 5 land on a winline.

Meanwhile, the upper part of the paytable is home to the wild life of American plains: Beaver, Otter, Badger, Wolf and Raven. These premium symbols deliver 10x, 20x, 30x, 50x and 75x the wager correspondingly for 5 of a kind.

The wild is represented with an Eagle Totem that will step in to replace all other symbols bar Scatters when contributing to wins. And finally, the scatter is depicted by a Dream Catcher that triggers free spins when 3 or more hit.

What We Like

  Simple gameplay
  Sticky wilds with re-spins
  Good top payout for medium variance
  Nice artwork
  Multipliers combine up to 9x

What We Don't Like

  Variance could be higher

Gameplay and Features

Thunder Screech is not super-packed with features, and it does all centre around wilds and variations thereof. There are multipliers, re-spins and sticky wilds to help you push on towards that 5,000x top win, as well, of course, as the free spins round which keeps going until no more wilds fall.

Here is how it all works:

The Call Feature

This is a base game feature that gets triggered randomly. Random Wilds are added to the reels for your spin. You can benefit from between 5 and 9 which enhances the win opportunities as these icons sub for all others to form winlines.

The Strike Feature

The Strike Feature is another way to enrich the main game. It is triggered randomly on any spin. All Wilds are upgraded into Thunder Wilds that sub for other symbols as normal AND activate re-spins AND come with multipliers. Each wild can have a multiplier of up to 3x, and can combine with others to create multipliers of up to 9x.

Free Spins

You must obtain 3 Dream Catcher Scatters anywhere on the grid for the Free Spins Feature to become activated. Once again, Wilds are upgraded to Thunder Wilds. As well as standard gameplay, during this round, players are GUARANTEED to land Thunder Wilds on every free spin. This then triggers respins that continue until there are no more Wilds present on the reels.

Our Verdict

Thunder Screech is not one of Play n Go’s very best online slots – it lacks the feature-packed craziness of Reactoonz 2 or House of Doom, but it is a fun play nevertheless. As prarie-themed slots go it doesn’t have the same vertiginous variance of some of Pragmatic Play’s games either, but still the combo of wilds, multipliers and sticky wilds is compelling and can bring up some decent wins in the free spins round. In short, this is simple, basic slots fun nice designs, animations and gameplay that will appeal to a broad range of players.

Good luck and have fun!