Here is today’s weird fact. The Mongol Empire developed to be one of the largest in history under the leadership of ambitious Khans. We traveled from China to Mongolia to Russia to Europe. In fact, Genghis Khan was so good at conquering, and its accompanying activities, that a 2003 DNA investigation found that 8% of the male population residing in the vicinity of the former Mongol kingdom are his direct descendants. That’s a direct male descendant of Genghis Khan in about one in every two hundred men today. And that was in 2003; how much has the figure increased since then? Sword of Khans is a slot machine that takes place at the time when the dreaded Mongol horde took over a sizable portion of the planet. Thunderkick’s Sword of Khans is, despite first impressions to the contrary, essentially another ‘Book’ slot with a twist that breathes new life into the franchise.
The setting is very standard for a play. The pagoda-like structure that houses the 5×3 reels is located against a backdrop of sun-drenched mountains. Thunderkick’s recent release, Divine Lotus, is visually similar, but mechanically very different. Before beginning, choose your stake size, which can range from 10 percent to $100. The 9.4/10 volatility rating is quite close to Thunderkick’s limit, but the 95.38% RTP is lower than we’re used to seeing from them. A repercussion of the new rules, possibly.
A winning combination consists of at least three low-pay symbols or two high-pay symbols anywhere on one of the game’s 10 paylines. The lower paying symbols are the typical 10-A royals that might be utilized in any casino slot machine. High-paying icons are more closely tied to the game’s premise, and they feature items like spears and shields, suits of armor, helmets, and a character named Genghis. The Mongol leader predictably has the highest hand, worth 250 times the original bet, with 5 of a kind. Even though the extreme volatility can be challenging, the base game’s good value symbols bring delight. Free spins and expanding symbols are the main attractions, as they usually are in ‘Book’ slots.
Thunderkick, or the Sword of Khans, Capabilities
If you’re familiar with Book of Ra Deluxe or any of its numerous clones, you already have a good idea of what we’re talking about. But hold on, because Thunderkick has updated something that you should see. Instead of a book, this time we get a sword, which is little unorthodox considering the Mongol weapon of choice was the composite bow. In addition, they had a significant tactical advantage because their bows could launch arrows twice as far as their opponents’. Especially considering how accurately they shot from a moving horse. Anyway, let’s circle back to the sword, which serves as both the wild and the dispersion. The wild sign acts as a stand-in for other game icons, including expanding icons, which it cannot replace.
If you get 3, 4, or 5 sword symbols, not only will you win 2, 20, or 200 times your wager, but you will also enter a bonus game. Five, seven, eight, nine, ten, twelve, or fifteen Free Spins may be awarded to you at the start of the round. If two or more scatters appear during the round, the player is awarded a random number of additional free games. The feature’s Special Expanding Symbol is a randomly selected icon each time it is activated or reactivated. When the proper number of special symbols land (2 high pay, 3 low pay) they grow to take over a complete reel. They form winning formations regardless of their grid position.
The ‘new’ element is provided via retriggers, which allow for the simultaneous special selection of several symbols. Book of Ra Magic, Magic Mirror Deluxe, Legacy of the Dead, and Rise of Merlin all have 9 expanding special symbols at once, so we know that’s possible. Thunderkick improved upon it by including a multiplier. If a unique symbol is drawn, a multiplier of up to three times its normal value will be applied. If you manage to fill the grid with five extended symbols and the multiplier is set to its maximum of ten, you will receive ten thousand times your wager. Keep track of your special symbols and multipliers using the game’s convenient bar that runs alongside the reels.
Thunderkick (Sword of Khans): Judgment
Thunderkick is one of those developers that regularly releases high-quality slot machines. The visuals in Sword of Khan are adequate without being spectacular, and the game play is really fun. The Book of Ra-style spinning has endured for a number of reasons, and the added twists make it an appealing option. Again, Sword of Khans demonstrates that slots don’t need to be fully creative; rather, a single novel aspect is often all that’s needed to make a tired concept feel fresh. We’re referring, of course, to the multiplier that kicks in during free spins and boosts the game’s potential reward even further.
The return on investment (RTI) is a tad on the low side, which is a drawback. It’s not terrible, but it’s not as good as Thunderkick usually is. The massive Mongol haul of up to 10,000 times the investment will more than make up for that. Overall, there is enough challenge and reward to satisfy most serious gamers. Not quite novel, but that’s fine. Thunderkick kept what made Ra great—expanding symbols during free spins—while adding enough new features to make Sword of Khans worthwhile.