Review of Thor The Mighty Avenger Slots
As a youth I really only paid attention to Thor when he was guest starring in other Marvel superheroes’ comic books since there were too many other crazy characters that grabbed my attention in those days. I simply didn’t have the time to add an ill-tempered viking to my list of monthly reading.
However, once I had finished watching the first Thor movie starring Australian heartthrob Chris Hemsworth in 2011 I was “all in” on this Norse tail. I’m far from an expert on the subject but from what I know, the producers did a good job of telling his story without it getting too outlandish or silly.
That all said, this expert review of The Mighty Avenger Slots is going to be as unbiased as it comes – just because we enjoyed the movie doesn’t mean that we have to love the gambling game that shares its name. We have been disappointed way too many times with movie-themed slots, so usually we go in prepared for the worst. Thankfully, Thor and his friends have come together to create a solid effort with some fun excitement.
As you will see in the screenshots below, this is probably one of the prettiest Marvel titles that’s been released over the last couple of years…and that’s not just because of Hemsworth’s beautiful flowing hair. Click to enlarge the images so you can check out the details and see the work that went into this: the graphic design is absolutely top-notch.
Being the Son of Odin and King of Asgard, Thor is the Norseman you just don’t want to mess with. The original story is that after losing to the Frost Giants Thor was stripped of his powers and exiled to Earth to teach him some humility. He then had his memory wiped and was put into the body of Donald Blake and eventually became a doctor. Later on he went on a Norweigian vacation and found the Mjölnir in a cave, smashing it into the wall to reveal his true identity. For those who don’t know, the Mjölnir is Thor’s hammer that can destroy anything that it strikes.
In the movie adaptation Thor falls in love with scientist Jane Foster and learns many lessons about the fallibility of mankind along the way. He must also battle Loki, his adopted brother, who is aspiring to take the crown of king on their home planet. In addition, the Frost Giants are trying to stop Thor in his tracks by seizing the Casket of Ancient Winters, as that is the source of great power in the universe. An epic battle ensues.
The storyline here is unfortunately pretty thin, however, the imagery does do a great job of transporting you to this specific corner of the Marvel Universe. That said, the plot is by far its weakest element.
Fans of the Thor franchise will be very happy with Playtech’s choices for symbols since all of the popular characters are included. Not to mention, they use the images of the actual actors who played the roles so the continuity between the film and the machine is flawless. This point cannot be overstated because many movie-themed titles only use caricatures or “hand-drawn facsimiles” of the cast and not the real people who acted in the roles.
So for anyone who has always dreamed of playing something featuring Anthony Hopkins, here’s your chance…they’re probably not going to be releasing a “Silence of the Lambs” gambling game anytime soon…
- J (Jack)
- Q (Queen)
- K (King)
- A (Ace)
- Heimdall the Gatekeeper (Idris Elba)
- Odin (Anthony Hopkins)
- Loki (Tom Hiddleston)
- Warriors Three (Ray Stevenson as Volstagg, Tadanobu Asano as Hogun, Josh Dallas as Fandral)
- Sif (Jaimie Alexander)
- Laufey (Colm Feore)
- Thor’s Mjölnir (Scatter)
- Thor Wild (Chris Hemsworth)
You’ll want to see as much Chris Hemsworth as possible while you’re spinning and it’s not just because of his chiseled good looks – the Thor Wild is the highest-paying with 5,000 coins for 5 of a Kind. This is then followed by Anthony Hopkins as Odin who will give you 1,000 coins for five in one result. Finally, Tom Hiddleston’s character of Loki rounds out the Top 3 by giving you 500 coins for five across the board.
Like all Marvel machines that have come out over recent years, Thor The Mighty Avenger is a member of their “mystery” jackpot network. We often joke that it’s a “mystery” because you never know when it’s going to come, or on which game, or at which betting website.
This prize is actually four unique amounts that are available throughout their network of titles and they’re called “Power”, “Super Power”, “Extra Power”, and “Ultimate Power”. Power is the smallest available and Ultimate Power is the largest, with its total sometimes being in the neighborhood of six figures.
If you’re lucky enough to trigger this you’re taken to their special area which has a board of squares. You simply flip over tiles revealing the names of each jackpot until you match three of the same and you then win the corresponding stack of cash that’s in that pool at the time. Sounds like a pretty easy way to snag a life-changing pile of loot.
Besides the thin storyline, the other main weakness of this machine is the lack of a proper bonus round so it relies on its free spins modes to satisfy players’ thirst for action. Technically there are two other features but ironically they both give you gratis games as well.
The “Thunderstorm Respin” arrives when the Thor Expanding Wild covers reel #2 and you are then given 1 redo with each symbol on reel #2 being Wild. You should note that during the re-spin nothing whatsoever can be triggered.
The “Lightning Free Spin” occurs when the Thor Expanding Wild covers reel #4 and then gives you 1 redo that will randomly have 2 to 5 Wilds appear anywhere on the board. Again, you can’t access any features while it’s going on.
Since there’s no proper bonus round the only way to really stack up cash in Thor Slots is by hitting a bunch of big wins in the free spins mode. This journey to riches begins when you’re taken to the “Rainbow Bridge Feature” thanks to Heimdall the Gatekeeper expanding to cover reel #3 in regular mode. It’s then up to you to choose between the two glowing orbs which will send you to either Earth or Jotunheim, Land of the Giants.
Watch out because once Heimdall covers reel #3 again during the freeroll you are sent back to the Rainbow Bridge to again choose between two orbs, with one sending you back to the regular mode if you unveil “Collect”. The other sends you back to either of the two bonus worlds to keep freerolling.
In the Jotunheim world the Grundroth symbol is added to the board as an extra Wild and the Mjölnir is removed. Thors appear as both stacked and regular Wilds on reel #3 with Heimdall the Gatekeeper being the only other symbol on that reel. Laufey in a winning payline freezes the win for the next spin guaranteeing that you will get at least the same amount again, or possibly more if you get a better combination.
After that one Laufey hangs around to freeze other random combinations as well. It should be noted that the Jotunheim bonus round is played on a different set of reels than the regular mode, with #2 and #4 having 3 rows and #1, #3, and #5 only having two.
Forget about his ability to shatter uru metal because when Destroyer lands on reel #5 during Earth Mode he is burning up anywhere between 2 and 6 random symbols with his fire vision. Don’t worry though, he’s only doing this to help boost your bankroll by adding bonus multipliers to your game squares. The multipliers will stick around for anywhere between 1 and 4 spins and if they’re already burning with a hot multiplier, Destroyer will simply jack up the numbers by one with his flamethrower stare.
While testing we only had this thing go 1 of 2 different ways – absolutely great or absolutely terrible. There literally doesn’t seem to be much middle ground with the prizes. One time we just kept picking the orb on the right and it continued to send us back into Jotenheim each time. After around 7 times it triggered the Earth feature to cap off the incredible run before sending us back to the regular mode.
However, we’ve also had a few times where we’ve been booted out of the area after only 1 spin and then picked the wrong orb, and was then unceremoniously sent back to regular mode without winning a cent. It really does seem to be feast or famine here for some reason.
The introduction video when you first boot up the machine will kind of remind you of a mini-movie but it’s actually a bunch of still images of the actors. This seems like a strange choice by Playtech since many newer releases based on graphic novels have proper animated intros, but what they give you is still cool and gets you excited for action.
In regards to design, the Thor Expanding Wild is very nicely done, with the 3 stacked Wilds being struck by lightning and transforming into Chris Hemsworth pointing his Mjölnir towards the sky. On a whole, all of the symbols were designed well and are definitely of superior quality.
Thor also boasts multiple backgrounds throughout the special features, with each having unique characters appearing on the screen to help you win prizes. These visual effects result in a nice break in the regular action and serve to keep you engaged.
Audio & Soundtrack
The one thing you will notice about this machine is that the audio of the reels whirling is quite pleasant, which is definitely not the case for many others out there. Rather than a clunky beat playing with every spin the sound effect is actually a cool synthesizer audio that is smooth and doesn’t leave you frantically searching for the mute button.
The sound effects for wins are equally as pleasing and they don’t blast you out of your seat or become annoying and the audio of cash being added onto your bankroll is actually relaxing. Even the noise of the reels stopping each time is nice and soft.
The final masterstroke of Thor’s soundtrack is the different songs for each of the freeroll areas, with both of them sounding like movie scores performed by an orchestra. They definitely help to add to the overall mood and theme.
Even though Thor is not a fan favorite of the Marvel Universe, many will still enjoy playing this title just to see what he’s up to. It’s great that the actual actors are on the reels since this can be a rarity.
Ultimately, how much you’ll want to play this game will depend on your enjoyment of the original movie, your feelings on the character of Thor, or the depth of your love for Chris Hemsworth’s hair. Only the pickiest of people will be able to find big faults with it since its creators did a great job of staying true to the movie. The lack of a proper bonus round will scare many away but there’s always the chase of the Marvel Mystery Jackpot to keep you occupied.
So strap on your helmet and grab your Mjölnir – it’s time to hammer out some big win on Thor The Mighty Avenger Slots…and enjoy some beautiful flowing hair along the way…
Random Video of Thor The Mighty Avenger
We can all agree that there were some plot holes in the first Thor and that it could have been better than what was ultimately put in theaters. So here are the funny guys from CinemaSins to walk you through everything that’s wrong with the movie from beginning to end. Enjoy!