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Thunder Shields

Sail the seven seas with these gnarly Vikings who have seen more plunder than the mind can imagine. The reels are set on deck of a Viking ship sailing into the sunset with a dramatic soundtrack to match. With 40 fixed paylines and 5 reels, Thunder Shields from iSoftBet, has a lot to offer in terms of features, entertainment and of course winning potential.

Let the pillaging begin! With bets starting at 0.40 and moving up to $20, the betting range is very low and best suited for small to medium stake players. The volatility, however, is medium to high, so despite the lower betting range, it’s ideal to have a larger bank roll for lengthy play sessions.

The payout ratio for this pokie is 96%, fair by today’s standards, but taking a look at the paytable the symbols do not carry much weight with the payouts happening mainly in the feature rounds.
Wild symbol replaces all other symbols and triggers the Colossal Respin feature. Symbolised by the hammer, it couldn’t be more appropriate.

The mystery symbol lands as stacked symbol in either partial or full stacks. Once the spin settles, all mystery symbols convert into matching symbols for instant wins!
Special shields
There are 5 special shields that only appear in the hold and win respins. Each shield has a function. The red shield multiplies the cash values on the shields by 2 and increases the thunderstorm prizes, the green shield collects all wins and opens new spaces for more cash shields. The purple shield adds an additional reel. Up to 2 reels can be added to the left-hand side. The blue shield increases the cash values on the cash shields. The yellow shield will add an extra respin.
Cash shields
Cash shields trigger the Hold and Win Respins, 6 are needed to get this feature round going. They have a cash value that is only of importance during the respins.


Hold and Win Respins
Imagine the power that these shields can withstand if they are meant to deflect thunder and lightning. 6 or more cash shields trigger the powerful Hold and Win Respins where you are awarded 3 respins to start. The only symbols that appear during the feature are the cash shields and special shields. The respins start with the 6 triggering cash shields held in place and as new ones appear, they too are frozen in place. For each storm shield that lands on the reels, another 3 respins are added. Collecting 3 storm shields will unlock the thunderstorm prizes, 3 main jackpots; mini, major and mega, with their values displayed above the reels.
Colossal Respins
Triggered by a single wild symbol, this feature has giant symbols taking over the first 2 reels. Each respin is activated by a massive fall of the hammer, sending bolts of lightning in all directions. The spaces are them split up the reveal a myriad of matching symbols and wins are instantly pocketed. Each time a wild appears during the colossal respins, another reel is incorporated, until 4 of the 5 reels are engulfed in one big spinning reel. Continued wilds appearing during the feature add multipliers instead of more reels, which is increased by 1 for each subsequent wild that appears.
Its clear from the value of the symbols that there is no big money to be made in the base game. The feature rounds are where you can expect to cash in. The betting range is low which almost rules out high rollers, and it shouldn’t, because a big bank roll is needed to really walk away from this pokie a winner.
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