The past two months the Swedish game developer ThunderkickThere are occasions when we here at ReadyBetGo want to bring you interesting facts about the gambling industry When something catches our eye, we will publish it for your enjoyment. has released two games: Spectra and Babushkas. Both games have been well received by casino players especially in the Nordic region, according to Cino.
Thunderkick is a fairly new casino game developer. The company is located in Stockholm and holds a Maltese gaming license. Thunderkick made some headlines with their first eleven games and landed big contracts with some of the largest casino operators in Europe. But when the company was in the process in changing their markup language (HTML5) they didn't release a single game for well over a year and the buzz around Thunderkick diminished a bit. Now Thunderkick is back on the track of innovation and they’ve released four new games so far this year. Two of them were launched just recently. On August 24th Spectra was released and on September 7th Babushkas was released
Spectra is a slot machine that resembles Net Entertainments Starburst. It is likely that Thunderkick tried to produce a similar game with bright explosive colors and with a re-spin function. This is a smart move because Starburst is one of the most popular online slot machines of all time and if Spectra would go on to get a fraction of the success as Starburst, it would be great for the small game developer.
The name “Spectra” is of course a reference to the spectra of colors and this slot definitely lives up to its name. There are a lot of colors with some pretty awesome effects during gameplay. This is Thunderkick's own introduction text to Spectra:
“Sit back and enjoy the show as Spectra takes you for a ride offering the ultimate light display with a soundtrack to match.”
As mentioned Spectra resembles Starburst but it also has got a touch of a Arcader in it which is a previous slot from Thunderkick. Arcader is an amazing game but it got some sharp critique from customers that experienced dizziness due to the fast gameplay and the bright blinking colors. Spectra is just as fast and just as bright as Arcader but doesn't seem to induce the same negative experience.
Matryoshka dolls are a set of wooden dolls of decreasing size placed one inside another. Matryoshka dolls are often referred to as babushka dolls (babushka meaning "grandmother" or "elderly woman" in Russian). However you prefer to call it the theme of Thunderkick's Babushkas are these particular dolls and it has been quite popular since its release. This is how Thunderkick describes Babushkas:
“Step into a world of colourful Babushkas! Start the chain reaction and watch the dolls pop into smaller and more valuable shapes. Get charmed by the mystery bears and make sure to reach the smallest Babushka!”
Babushkas is a chain-reaction kind of slot. If your babushka dolls can form any new winning lines with the next level color, they will undress for a higher combined win. Obviously you want your babushkas to undress as many times as possible and get them to unite to form a massive win. If you get all babushkas of the same color you’ll get a Wipe Win worth up to 100x your bet.
Since this is a Russian-themed slot it’s only appropriate to turn the wild symbols into bears. At least this is what Thunderkick thought. The bear-wilds will appear on the third reel and will help you win. There are different kinds of bear-wilds. The “Scare Bear” will scare the lowest valued Babushkas to undress one, two or three times depending on the size of the Scare Bear. The “Charm Bear” will charm all the Babushkas to undress once. The “Dance Bear” will give you seven free spins with a guaranteed wild on each spin. If you get another Dance Bear you’ll start a free spins re-trigger.
It’s good to see Thunderkick getting back to work and produce new innovative games. Although Thunderkick has been hiring new people and released four new games this year it’s not likely that you’ll see many more before the end of 2016. It’s clear that Thunderkick does not have an ambition to mass-produce games. They describe themselves as a company “driven by a passion in developing amusing games and strives to let quality come before quantity” and that’s one of the reasons why it’s always exciting when they announce a launch date for a new slot machine.
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