With the 1429 Uncharted Seas slot, you could be forgiven for thinking that Thunderkick actually mean 1492, but they don’t.
It turns out that the online gaming outfit was actually there before Columbus, hence the ultra realism of this slot title’s animation. Turns out Columbus was a big fan, though he didn’t expect quite so many elephants when he set sail for the new world.
Don’t worry, there are no elephants to be seen. Marketing folk would call that a “hook”, which also nicely fits with our nautical theme. With more puns quite possibly on their way, we should probably talk about the gameplay of Thunderkick’s latest outing. The first thing you can’t help but notice is the extra mile the outfit has gone in terms of detail. The five reels are actually symbols on a nautical parchment, drawn up of various sea beasts and symbols that you would expect to find during swashbuckling times. And perhaps some you wouldn’t.
The soundtrack is eerily muted before springing to life when any of the 25 paylines is won or any wild expanded – the ship symbol carried on the back of a giant sea monster – and with every landing of the bonus symbol the light changes and score increases in intensity and volume to accentuate the impending drama.
As usual for Thunderkick games (and particularly clever given the nautical theme) the menu is easy to navigate, using images rather than words to highlight the pay table and auto-spin feature. You can also, if you wish, tone down the volume of the dramatic score, making playing in work a whole lot easier.
With the expanding wilds on reels 2, 3 and 4 making waves it is important that the bonus game follows suit. This slot manages to do that with aplomb – the full compass emblems represent the bonus symbols, which yield 10, 20 and 50 free spins when we find three, four and five of them across the five reels. A new animation greets the bonus game, with stormy seas and moody lights ramping up the atmosphere, before we sail free of the storm amid calmer waters when we return to the main game.
This slot title from Thunderkick is both playable and entertaining, though it perhaps lacks depth (no pun intended) when compared to some of the outfit’s other titles. Still, for swashbuckling souls or those with a penchant for Johnny Depp doing a Keith Richards impression, this online slot will certainly keep your waters warm for a while.