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Thunder Warrior

Konami Gaming

This is one of the newest games in Konami’s “Advantage 5” series, the new line of five-reel, multi-line stepper slots introduced at November’s Global Gaming Expo. Games in this series stand out on the slot floor because they are five-reel games, but use full-size reels, making the reels look huge within a standard-footprint cabinet. A 19-inch color video bonus screen is featured in the top box.

The top box of Advantage 5 games features a mirrored “Infinity” light box. Multi-colored LED lighting combines with mirrors to create an elegant cantilevered 3-D effect. It appears as if the front of the top box is transparent and you are looking inside at a festive light show. The reels are all back-lit, and the lighting changes colors according to different events in the primary game. Colors also change on the etched-glass belly of the slot according to different jackpot events in the game.

Thunder Warrior uses this format to wrap a story line around Thor, the Norse god of thunder. The base game is a 25-line game with a 250-credit max bet and a free-spin bonus event.

The free-spin round is triggered when bonus symbol appear in any position on the three middle reels. Once the event is triggered, the game’s computer randomly chooses one or more reels as wild reels-all symbols on the reel are wild, and the reel is frozen while other reels spin in the free-game event.

The player is awarded four free spins with the wild reel or reels. If the bonus symbol lands during a free spin on any reel not already held, that reel becomes a full-reel wild symbol for the remainder of the free spins.

Manufacturer: Konami Gaming
Platform: Advantage 5
Format: Five-reel, 25-line stepper slot
Denominations: .01, .02, .05, .25, .50, $1
Max Bet: 250
Top Award: 1,000 times line bet
Hit Frequency: 43%
Theoretical Hold: 1.77%-17.51%

Frank Legato is editor of Global Gaming Business magazine. He has been writing on gaming topics since 1984, when he launched and served as editor of Casino Gaming magazine. Legato, a nationally recognized expert on slot machines, has served as editor and reporter for a variety of gaming publications, including Public Gaming, IGWB, Casino Journal, Casino Player, Strictly Slots and Atlantic City Insider. He has an B.A. in journalism and an M.A. in communications from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. He is the author of the books, How To Win Millions Playing Slot Machines... Or Lose Trying, and Atlantic City: In Living Color.