- Another superb presentation from the up and coming Thunderkick studios
- Wonderful level of detail in the symbols and a thumping soundtrack
- Stacked wilds on every reel ramps up the winning potential on offer
- Hit three scatters anywhere in view to access the bonus games
- Range of different mechanisms available in the free spin rounds
- Add extra rows and hit combinations that read both ways across the grid
Thunderkick established themselves as one to watch in 2014. One of their last releases of this year, Flux, gives their takes on the classic free spin game. Whilst many of their slots use innovative and clever mechanisms, this title represents a slight return to the original slot gameplay that made these machines such a big hit with the Las Vegas crowd. It still has all the hallmarks of a Thunderkick game however, combining top notch graphic and artwork with stylish and exciting game-play.
Flux is another game in the Thunderkick roster that goes all guns blazing on the artwork. Expect space age style visuals here that perch glistening diamonds on a sky at night style background giving you an overall game play set up that’s very slick and smooth. When you start hitting that spin button things take on a whole new dimension with fast paced animations bringing new symbols onto the grid. As your combinations line up, this brings different coloured shading to the background to denote your wins. Leave the game static for a moment and the symbols twinkle and pulse in the background. A truly stellar production that blends the simple nature of slot machine graphics with a large number of new school techniques to create a stunning visual presentation.
The audio on Flux is equally top notch. This uses a retro noir themed synth track that changes and evolves throughout the game play, providing you with haunting top lines that are contrasted by a pulsing, driving base-line. Check out the runs of electro styled cold as ice melodies that run over the top of this arrangement creating one of the most memorable slot soundtracks of 2014, which sounds like it could come straight out of 1982. The reels use electronic sounding activation noises that fit in exactly with the theme of the game and work well with the visuals.
There are 15 pay-lines of action in the Flux base game. These are spread over a five reel casino slot set up that should pose no challenges to even the freshest player of online slot machines. The action plays out in the normal way with the addition of stacked wilds to help you hit those all-important winning combinations. The bonus here is activated in the traditional manner with scatters taking the form of silver capital Bs on the grid.
Stop in three or more of the Flux scatters to find your way into the free spin round. Here you have a choice of three different bonus game mechanics. These give you the option to have a straight number of free spins, free spins where the wins on the grid where you can win prizes for combinations reading both ways and even spins where you get to open up extra rows on the grid. The more extra mechanics you have with your free spins, the fewer spins you’ll receive.
Slot Professor Says
I am already a sworn in fan of the Thunderkick games. They are managing to avoid getting sucked into the same style of game-play art and music that you see on one too many online slot machines. They’ve come out with a style and a look all of their own and they should be commended for sticking to it. Flux is another sterling release from their stable that provides players with a high level of production excellence coupled with some innovative and eye opening game-play mechanics.
What do I like most about Flux? Well simply spinning the reels of this slot is a pleasure. The music in the background reminds me of the classic 2013 Ryan Gosling film, Drive, with its futuristic synth overtones and thumping bass-lines. I even enjoy the way the reel symbols are set up with a little system where the more faces on the polygon, the bigger the wins available from its associated combinations. Everything about this game has that little touch of genius that makes it so playable.
Finally there’s the free spin round. Anyone who has stepped within ten metres of an online slot machine will know that this type of bonus round is now as commonplace as a Blackjack table in a 1950s downtown casino. However, Thunderkick has still managed to put a new slant on it with Flux, changing up the standard mechanics for a number of different bonus techniques. My favourite has to be the one where you can add three extra rows of action, giving you one of the biggest slot grids I’ve ever seen in my life with the exception of White Wolf from IGT and some of the Colossal Reels titles from WMS.