This game looks a lot like Thunderstruck II in theme, and it’s one of the best megaways games ever released as it uses megaways that pay both ways. Everyone will like the theme and the bonus features, but players won’t like how rarely does this game pay. I’ve played it for a few hours and wasn’t able to make a profit as I didn’t land some mega win, but I still think this is a quality game. Let me explain why.
Main game and paytable
Lightning Strike is played on a six-reel board in which each reel can randomly have between two and five symbols inclusive, and depending on the setup you get, the game can have up to 15,625 ways to win. The exact number of megaways is always displayed above your reels, on every spin. To form a win, it’s enough to have at least three of the same symbol on adjacent reels, and the game pays both ways so your winning combination might as well start on reel 6. Not only that, but one of your winning combinations may start on the left while some other starts on the right. The more megaways you have, the easier it will be to form wins.
Six-of-a-kind wins are possible in this game, but they’re paying what you’d usually expect to get for a five-of-a-kind in some other game. The six low-value card symbols can only get you your stake back or a 1.5x win in case of Ace and King, and the two medium-win symbols only go up to 2x. There are only two symbols which can award decent wins, the first one can pay up to 10x your bet and the other one can pay up to 50x and is the best symbol in the game. Occasionally you may land some Mystery symbols, and they’ll all transform to the same symbol, but this adds little to the game.
Thor’s Hammer is the Wild, and whenever it lands on four middle reels it will expand to fill the entire reel, and it will award a win multiplier up to x5. You’ll also get a re-spin with the Wild reel locked in place. This is the most common bonus feature you’ll see in this game, and it’s a rewarding one.
If during the re-spin you land another Wild, you’ll get another re-spin. This can happen up to four times, and in that case you’d have four Wild reels, each with its own win multiplier, and the multipliers will multiply each other. This can get you some serious mega wins.
Whenever you win 5x your total bet or more, the Mega Spins Exchange feature will get triggered, and you’ll have a chance to spin the wheel in an attempt to increase your win or exchange them for Mega Spins. You can win up to 25 Mega Spins that are played on enriched reels with bigger potential payouts.
Lightning Strike Slots RTP
Theoretical return to player (RTP) of this slot game is healthy 96.50%, which is more than good enough to take this game seriously and play it for real money. The game doesn’t pay often, so you can expect to see your bankroll get reduced significantly before a big win lands and makes it positive again. Adjust your bet per spin accordingly, as this game doesn’t pamper you with small wins that keep you going. It’s good to see this slot game can be played already for €0.10 per spin.
Lightning Strike has really high variance so don’t take it lightly. This is a slot game that can be beaten only by serious slot players who know how to play high variance slots. For a long time you’ll be losing money on Lightning Strike, but when that mega win with multipliers comes along your balance will turn positive instantly. This is a quality slot game, but it’s not for the recreational player.