Thunderkick have announced the release of their brand new Zoom slot, due out on the 20th of July 2016. With 64 win lines, 4 rows and 6 reels, this is a little different from their usual fares.
New slot games previews are always hard to write. Mostly because we are giving a tiny little bit of information, and expected to decide whether it’s worth getting excited about.
That said, Thunderkick slots, though not well known, continue to show promise as they innovate and create mobile casino games that don’t quite fit within the normal boxes.
It makes them even harder to preview, because we’ve got few examples to compare them to.
Still, we are going to try, because this Zoom slot machine looks like it’s going to be worth spinning come July 20th.
That’s how Thunderkick are describing the upcoming Zoom.
But we’re uncertain as to how a huge slot that holds 6 reels, 4 rows, and 64 ways to win can be described, by anyone, as a ‘classic slot’.
Yet, we suspect there is more to this game than meets the eye. The reason we suspect this is because Thunderkick told us so.
The ‘classic’ side of things come from the theme. This is basically a bright and colourful fruit machine, with cherries, grapes, melons, sevens, bells and stars.
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It’s like a pastel version of the Twin Spin slot, with the occasional primary colour thrown in for effect.
Don’t get us wrong, that’s not a critic. We like it when slot games go back to basics sometimes – it reminds us that you don’t need flashy themes to impress, instead concentrating on the wins and the features.
Or, should we say, ‘feature’ – singular.
There is only one feature in this Zoom mobile slot game.
Whenever a scatter symbol shows up, you’ll get one free re-spin where you’ll get a ‘massive symbol’ which covers 4 symbols.
The more scatters show up on screen, the more ‘massive symbols’ you’ll get, leading to potentially bigger wins.
The fairly exciting prospect here is if you get 4 scatters in a square configuration, you’ll trigger a ‘super massive symbol’ which basically covers 4 of the 6 reels.
Basically, imagine playing on Spinata Grande slot, but instead of getting the larger size symbols randomly, you trigger them with scatters.
Actually yes, definitely enough to form a vague opinion.
More interesting, Thunderkick have revealed to us that there’s a 1 in 6 chance of getting the Zoom feature on any spin.
Meaning it should keep this simple game flowing quickly.
Obviously, you have to understand this is us guessing. We haven’t played it and we certainly don’t know what it’s going to be like on it’s release on the 20th of July.
But based on the information given, we think this could actually be a pretty good game.
We’ve basically compared it to two of our favourites, a weird hybrid of Twin Spin and Spinata Grande, and that’s no bad thing.
Also, Thunderkick are notoriously good at creating big simple games with one simple feature; take the Toki Time slot machine for example.
All it has is expanding wilds and respins, and it’s genius.
All you have with the Zoom slot online is scatters, re-spins and giant symbols. Could this be the start of the next genius?
For one, the theme might be a little light and syrupy for some. Especially if they don’t attach awesome sounds and animations to go with the wins.
The second, of course, is that the wins simply don’t show, don’t show often enough, or big enough.
But that can be said of any bad slot in the the history of mobile or tablet slots.
However, it has to be said about games that have a classic theme, and few features – in order to keep people interested you need to either promise cosmic wins, or quick wins.
And seeing as 1,500 times your bet is decent, but not life changing, this Zoom video slot better go the other way.
Between you and us, there are whispers amongst the gambling grapevine that some lucky Thunderkick mobile casinos might get Zoom a week earlier than the 20th of July.
It’s quite usual for video slot software providers to do this – it’s like a soft launch to make sure everything works well for their game, and then they do the big launch, with all the fanfare, a week later.
Who might that be? We have a little guess.
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