Birds on a Wire Basic Information:
Ever wonder what the world would look like if power lines actually electrocuted the bird which land on them? No? Me either. Still, you aren't going to find as odd of a theme for a pokie game than that of Birds on a Wire. Despite looking more like pinatas than birds these flying creatures appear to have no trouble getting around. Does this absurd combination make for a good pokie, or is this a game an attempt to throw random components together? Keep reading our review to find out…
This pokie was created by the developers at ThunderKick. Based out of Sweden, Thunderkick are one of the newcomers to the world of online gambling. Starting in 2012, Thunderkick have made it their goal to create games which enhance the the overall player experience of online casinos.These developers claim a focus on quantity, and claim they easily have the skill and vision to match their goals. This game was released on the 15th of April, 2014.
The ThunderKick system is compatible with a great many devices which are capable of running Flash. This means most PCs, Apple computers and tablets, along with a variety of other mobile devices. Check if your device supports flash, if it does you should be able to run games from ThunderKick.
Birds on a Wire comes with a total of 17 paylines over 5 reels in a 5×3 formation
- The minimum coins bet are 0.10
- The maximum coins bet are 100.00
- Minimum coin size is static.
- Maximum coins size is static.
- The return to player offered by this game is 96.0%, which is around average.
Birds on a Wire is typical of a ThunderKick game in that it does not offer a separate options screen. Instead, nearly everything within this game can be done from the main game screen. The different buttons and their purposes on this screen are as follows:
When toggled this option simply turns on or mutes all game sound.
This option is the 3×3 dot formation button which is located on the lower left of the main game screen. Clicking on this brings up a tab with a cup and a page symbol. Clicking the page will bring the player to a simple list of game rules. By clicking on the cup players will enter a page which details the different symbols, paylines and bonuses.
Clicking on this button brings up a screen where the player can select their bet from a list of 14 different amounts. This is also accomplished by clicking on the ‘1' chip on the play bar.
The button used to spin.
Also on offer from The Epic Journey is the autoplay function. This is accessed by clicking on the smaller spin button the left of the main spin button. When this is clicked the player will be brought to a new screen. On this screen the player is able to select from 10 different autospin quantities. The player can also toggle an option which, when active, stops the autoplays when a feature is won.
Birds on a Wire does not appear to based off of any pre-existing property. The story given here is that the high voltage generator has gone bananas. I guess it's up to the birds to find a place to rest while actively avoiding being electrocuted, an experience I'm sure many of us can relate to.
Other Features and Bonuses
The dropping symbols feature in Birds on a Wire is constantly active. With this feature any matches are removed from the reels. Following this, additional symbols will fall from above, potentially creating new matches. This process will repeat until there are no longer winning combinations available.
The high voltage multiplier feature also remains active through the entire game. With this feature each symbol drop, via the above feature, will increase the score multiplier to 2x,3x and finally 5x. In the bonus game these levels extend to 4x,8x,12x and 20x
The wild scatter symbol in this game comes in the form of the above princess wild. This wild can only appear on reel 2,3 and 4 in both the base game and the free spins game. This symbol acts as both a wild and a scatter, and substitutes for all other symbols.
The bonus symbol in Birds on a Wire comes in the form of the above cat in a box. Gaining at least three of these in a single spin gives the player a minimum of 10 free spins.
The wild symbol in Birds on a Wire comes in the form of the above fat black bird. These can appear over all reels and can substitute for any symbol except the bonus.
The free spins bonus game in Birds on a Wire is accessed when the player gains at least 3 bonus symbol in a single spin. Additional spins can be gained at a rate of +2 per additional bonus symbol. The maximum free spin quantity is 34.
The free spins bonus game also comes with the inwinity spin feature. This feature is activated at the end of the free spins. On the last spin the game will continue to spin until one final win is scored.
How to Play:
Basic play for Birds on a Wire is as simple as a player selecting a betting amount and clicking spin.
Alternatively the player can click on the autoplay button toward the bottom right of the main game page in order to enter the autoplay section. When in this section the player can set an amount of spins to played out automatically. They can also set ending rule which can be used to stop these free spins.
Overall Design and Usability:
Simplicity is the name of the game here. Well, no, Birds on a Wire is the name of the game, but stick with me here. This is a game which goes for a basic and stylised look. This can be difficult to pull off, yet ThunderKick have managed to pull off this look expertly. The design here makes the game look as if it were cut from animated crepe paper, with light and colourful characters and backgrounds. Everything here works, and we have to give credit to ThunderKick for their work.
When it comes to usability there is a problem which is quite common with online pokies, but this is more minor than usual. This problem is one of graphical options – as in this game has none. This is a problem because a lack of these options can cause players on older or less powerful devices to not be able to get in on the action. Fortunately the game runs very well, so there should be a minimum of players hampered by this problem. Everything else runs and responds very well, with no additional problems related to reliability arising during our testing process.
Where to find it:
ThunderKick may not be as common as the big boys in the business, but they still do very well. Check out the following links for website reviews which offer games from the ThunderKick framework. From here you can decide which casino works for you, and you can jump right in!
A nice looking, fun to play game from ThunderKick. While pokies with unusual themes are not uncommon, not many of them manage to work as well as Birds on a Wire does. Combine a solid look with a simple but also solid bonus system and we are left with a game which will be a great fit for many players. Just note that this game might not hold the attention of veteran players for long, but everyone else should be able to find something to like within this game.
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