Thunderfist Main Game Screen

Thunderfist Basic Information:

Feet of lightning, fists of thunder. Be calm, my apprentice. Become like a leaf in the wind. Thunderfist aims to bring the majesty, grace and power of the eastern warrior to the field of the pokie. Is this game successful in bringing these warriors the fortune usually only reserved for their lords, or is this a case of the ancient warrior being far out of their depth? Read our review to find out, young warrior.

This game operates under the use of the NetEnt gambling software system. The talented programmers and designers from NetEnt are well known for going the extra mile in their creations, and Thunderfist is no exception. This game was released on the 20th of May, 2012.

The NetEnt 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 NetEnt.

Thunderfist Main Game Screen

Thunderfist comes with a total of 243 paylines over 5 reels in a 3×5 layout.

  • The minimum coins bet sits at 25
  • The maximum coins bet sits at 250
  • Minimum coin size sits a 0.01
  • Maximum coins size sits at 0.50
  • The return to player offered by this game is 96.7%, which is towards the higher end of average.


By clicking on the spanner icon towards the lower left of the game screen the player can access the options menu. This brings up a menu with four different sections. These are as follows:

 Game Settings
  • Quickspin

Enabling this option speeds up the spinning of the reels. This means that these is less time spent waiting around between the time you click spin and when the reels come to rest, speeding up the entire experience.

  • Intro Screen

This option disables the intro screen from appearing the next time the player starts the game.

  • Ambience sound

This option toggles the background noises from the game. While these are rather atmospheric they might be annoying for some players.

  • Sound effects

This option simply toggles off all sound effects when selected.

Graphics Quality
  • High, Medium and Low

The different graphics settings here serve an important purpose. The higher these are set the better the game will look, but the more demanding it will be on older or less powerful devices. Because of this players should probably set the game to medium or low when experiencing performance problems on their chosen devices.

Keyboard Shortcuts
  • Spacebar to spin

This toggle simply adds the spacebar to the list of ways in which the reels can be spun.

Additional options can be accessed by clicking on the autoplay button. The basic options here allow the play to select from 10, 25, 50, 75, 100, 250, 500, 750 or 1000 autospins.

The player can also click on the advanced settings button to further customise when their autoplay will end. There are five different stopping scenarios to choose from here:

  • On any win
  • If Free Spins are won
  • When a single win exceeds an entered amount
  • If cash increases by an entered amount
  • If cash decreases by an entered amount

Other Helpful Additions

Thunderfist also comes with question-mark and paytable help icons. Both of these detail much the same thing, basic game and winning information, but the paytable  button does this within the game and the question-mark opens a secondary text page. The page accessed by the paytable  button also lists all payout information, paylines and bonus info.

The game can also be muted by simply toggling the sound button located on the lower right of the game main screen.


Ancient warriors are often held to a near mystic status. Perhaps no group experiences this as much as the Asian warriors of the old world. From the Japanese samurai and ninja to the heroes of China's Three Kingdom Era's, this has been a constant concept in the mind of the west. As is often the case with this level of dramatisation, the reality is quite different. A ninja cannot run on water, a samurai cannot cut a bullet out of the air, and a horse cannot gallop 400km in a single day, regardless of how red and harey it is.

Nevertheless the stories persist. This is not at all a bad thing, as we end up with so many fantastic stories and pieces of media which use this as a basis. Thunderfist is one such example, being the inevitable result of fusing pokies with Asian history and mythology.

Other Features and Bonuses

Thunderfist Stacked Wild

The stacked wild in Thunderfist comes in the form of this tall gentleman, dressed in red. This wild can appear on any reel in both regular play and free spins. The wild can also appear as a single wild, a double stacked, or a triple stacked wild. These can substitute for any symbol except the scatter symbol.

Thunderfist Scatter

The scatter symbol in this game comes in the form of a golden medallion. Or gong, or decoration or something, I'm exactly sure. Gaining three or more of these in a single spin gives the player access to the free spins bonus game. These symbols do not need to appear on an active payline in order to generate a win. The free spins given come from the following:

  • 3 scatter symbols give 10 free spins when gathered
  • 4 scatter symbols give 15 free spins when gathered
  • 5 scatter symbols give 20 free spins when gathered

 Bonus Games

The free spins bonus game in Thunderfist is won when the player manages to gain three or more scatter symbols in a single spin.

While in the free spins game the player has access to the random multiplier feature. This feature randomly increases wins within the free spins game between 2x-5x.

How to Play:

Basic play for Thunderfist is as simple as a player selecting a coin value and level and clicking spin. Alternatively the player can maximise their possible bet by simply clicking on the Max Bet button to the right of the spin icon.

Clicking the autoplay button allows the player to go through a selection of different amounts of autospins. From here the user can also click on the advanced settings button in order to manually select different stopping scenarios. These include on any win, when free spins are won, if a single win exceeds an entered amount, or if cash increased or decreases by an entered amount.

Overall Design and Usability:

When it comes to design Thunderfist finds its place as one of the most striking. Relying mostly on greens, the pokie itself uses a background of a bamboo forest, combined with the bamboo of many of the symbols, to create a very natural, though cartoonish, look. This extends to the characters themselves who appear as stylised versions of ancient warriors. Even the animations themselves give away a lot of style, as the characters swing their weapons and display the skills which led them to such success. While the game unfortunately does not contain music (we can't help but feel a great theme would set it above and beyond here) the sound and ambient effects are also very well suited to the theme.

In terms of usability Thunderfist comes out towards the front of the pack. The game itself appears fully reliable, with all of the buttons and commands responding quickly. Especially useful in this game is the inclusion of graphic options. Struggling to play a game you really want to because of older or less powerful hardware can be a major aggravation, so its nice to be able to overcome much of this trouble in cases such as this.

Where to find it:

NetEnt games stand with Microgaming as some of the most popular available. If you already have a favourite gambling website then check out if they offer NetEnt games, if they do then you might be able to find Thunderfist there. If it is not available, or if you want a more direct list then check out the links below.


A game which is a lot of fun, but one which might have benefited from another few weeks in development. While this is still one of our favourite games to look at, the quality of this design is not quite matched by the content of the game. With only a basic bonus structure, this game will not hold the attention of veteran pokie players for long. That said, if you are after something new or are just a fan of the theme then we can absolutely recommend checking this one out. Just don't go in expecting this one to hold you forever.

4.1/5 Stars

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Author: Steve Jackson

Pokie reviewer, casino reviewer, article writer and all around hilarious and humble Steve Jackson is one of the main writers here at With an interest in writing and games, Steve has worked for years as a freelance writer covering a wide variety of topics. From video-games to umbrella sales - the experience he has gained in his career, combined with his degree in psychology, help him cover what people want, and what they didn't know was important to them. Now together with, Steve and the rest of the staff work together to bring the reader a website which covers a wide range of gambling relating reviews and topics. From the standard pokie and casino reviews to tutorials on casino games and even fun stories on gambling relating topics, Steve has been first on the ground, helping shape the website into what it is, and what it will one day be. Despite knowing a great deal about gambling he has not yet won any major prize pools. If he did you could bet he would be bragging about them here.

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