Isle of Man-based Microgaming, a provider of online gaming software, has launched its new flagship game: Thunderstruck II, the sequel to the 2003 video slot Thunderstruck.

Thunderstruck II is based on an innovative five-reel, 243-ways-to-win concept. It hosts a range of benefits that include Wilds and Expanding Wilds, scatter action, four different free spin bonuses, multipliers ranging from 2x to 6x, and absorbing free games.

The game’s epic theme centers on mystical Nordic gods and contains a visual feast of high-quality graphics depicting Thor’s hammer, long ships, and Asgard, a rainbow city from the great Nordic sagas.

The real road to riches begins in the Great Hall of Spins where the chambers of the four great gods, Valkyrie, Loki, Odin and Thor, can be unlocked, one by one, when three or more of Thor’s hammer symbols land anywhere on the reels. Each entry to this feature brings the player closer to unlocking the chambers of the other gods, who wield greater features and rewards. The first is inhabited by Valkyrie, the maiden of Valhalla, who delivers 10 retriggering Free Spins laced with a generous 5x multiplier.

Next up is Loki, god of mischief, offering 15 Free Spins, with an animated burst of lightning energy if the Wild Magic feature triggers, transforming random symbols into additional Wilds.

Odin, ruler of Asgard, dwells in the next chamber, granting 20 Free Spins by sending out his ravens Huginn and Muninn, to fly into random symbols, converting these to 2x and 3x Wild Multipliers, and, 6x if both ravens land together.

The fourth and final type of major reward is bestowed by Thor, the mighty god of thunder himself. Thor brings 25 Free Spins to the player, accompanied by an entertaining and rewarding Rolling Reels feature at up to a 5x multiplier.

The action doesn’t stop there either; Microgaming has embedded a completely unique feature for online slots into the game play in the form of a player achievements structure, which has the capacity to remember returning players’ past wins, allowing for cumulative pursuit of rewards. The achievements based concept empowers players to achieve “gold status”, by winning the range of payouts of each symbol. This is reflected in the pay table; as players unlock each symbol their pay tables will begin to turn gold, keeping track of winnings and striving for a full Gold pay table. The grand achievement is the unlocking of all the God’s Features and reaching the 20th trigger of the bonus, where players will obtain Gold Status in the Great Hall of Spins.

“Everyone knows the secret to a great sequel is to do things bigger and better, and that’s just the approach we have adopted with Thunderstruck II,” said Microgaming executive Mike Hebden. “Thunderstruck is widely acknowledged as one of the most successful and entertaining video slots in the Microgaming stable, and we are thrilled to deliver an updated version of this iconic game to our operator network.”

“The new game both retains and builds on the essential themes and graphic-quality of its predecessor, but we are also introducing some genuinely never-seen-before features that take the game to a new level of ‘epic’. Thunderstruck has proved its strong appeal amongst a wide player demographic and we are convinced that the power of the Gods delivers yet another lightning gaming experience, the second time around.”

For more information, visit www.microgaming.com.