There are, of course, many reasons as to when to stop playing a specific online slot game. But, of course, the main reasons are down to affordability and well-being. There are, however, other gaming-related reasons that we will delve into below.
When The Base Slot Game Changes
What do base slot game changes even mean? First, we, as players, will not be privy to any changes in the game. Instead, we will experience it in our gameplay and, most importantly, in our pockets.
Anyone who knows us will know that we are privy to a spot of Thunderstruck 2. A better word would be obsessed with getting into the Hall of Gods’ free spins round.
It would appear that significant changes have been made to the game, making it very unattractive for slot players. So we will elaborate on what we mean by the base game-changing.
Thunderstruck 2 was a highly volatile game. However, it seems now that this is no longer the case; in our opinion, it is a low volatility game that has also had changes made to its bonus features to restrict payouts.
Highly Volatile or Low Volatility Slots – What the Difference
So firstly, the volatility has changed, meaning that bonus rounds take far longer to appear, and the payouts on individual spins are far lower. That, of course, will impact severely on your playing balance.
Highly Volatile slot games tend to pay out less, but when they do, they pay out significant amounts to make up for the scarcity of payout. For example, Thunderstruck 2 used to be a game like this.
For the last few months and at multiple venues, we have been playing the slot game, and its behaviour on all platforms is consistent enough for us to believe that changes to the game have gotten made to limit payouts.
Payout Multiples Limited & Bonus Rounds
We have played this slot on both Download Casinos & the new HTML5 Casinos, where games do not need to get downloaded. Our preference is always to play at a casino where you download games. However, we seem to have more luck.
We have noticed that the payouts on both regular spin wins have decreased, and the successes from the free spin bonus rounds have decreased dramatically.
Previously we achieved anywhere between 5 to 50 times the amount of our wager. As a result, the payout aspect has decreased dramatically.
If you are a fan of Thunderstruck 2, you will know that this means that getting into the Hall of Gods and selecting your free spins round is where the reward lies. The win bonuses these days are far smaller than it has ever been, and this is consistent across all venues.
Wildstorm Becomes Lamestorm
One of the most exciting aspects of Thunderstruck was the Wildstorm feature. We achieved our biggest win on this part of the game with four reels of wilds dropping.
Not only is this feature not as frequent, but when it does pay, it lends credence to our theory that the base game has changed.
For the longest time, it was very unusual for Wildstorm not at least to provide two reels of wilds. Then it is down to the Gods and the combination on the reels to determine if you walked away happy. Very rarely did you get a single reel of wilds.
It now appears that the new normal on the game is a single reel of wilds, making it much harder for a decent win multiple to be claimed.
Chasing The Bonus Round
We, as players, are tempted to remember the good times and try to chase this experience again. Despite the clear evidence that things have changed. It is time to stop playing a particular slot game when you feel this.
We are disappointed as we had had so much fun in the game. We will occasionally give it a whirl – but it will be for fun and a few twirls rather than trying to hit the free spins round.
This article has been building up for some time as we have played the game across 20 venues for significant amounts. The behaviour is consistent regarding hitting the free spins and the lame Wildstorm rounds that now appear.
We recognise that the game has changed due to feedback from casino operators to the software provider. Thunderstruck 2 will now not feature as a part of our regular gameplay as this game has changed and not for the better.
We recommend avoiding it altogether now as it is not worth playing anymore. If you do want to play it, be sure to wager the minimum. Not fun, we know. Do you have an experience with an online slot you are attached to that has changed immeasurably? Let us know about your experience.
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When The Casino Experiences Issues
Another reason to stop playing a slot or at a particular venue is when there are signs of issues with games and they do not respond to a query. Please take a look at the image below. You will notice that it states we achieved many achievements. We got this on every single spin, and not a cent gets awarded.
It appears to be an issue with the Casino, so we sent an email asking for an explanation. We are yet to receive any response from this venue. Proceed to this UK Licensed venue with caution.