Well of Wonders Slot
Putting on a show is what Thunderkick do best, but we still weren’t quite ready for the interface of Well of Wonders, a slot machine with a visual difference. Not only do you have a highly textured set of imagery, but you also have no winlines or reels, at least not in a traditional sense.
What we’re saying probably sounds a little too quirky for most people, but we can say hand on heart that this slot is where it’s at. If you want the most contemporary experience that online video slots can offer, you’ll be hard pushed to find better than this. Truth be told, we don’t think we’ve ever come across a game like it, which is a bold statement for us to make.
From the Well It Came
Real cash slots traditionally have a set way of doing things: you’ll press the spin button, the reels will spin and then a line of wins will light up. We grant you that it’s not always that simple, but that’s the watered down gist of it all. That isn’t what you get here, though some spinning is involved, but again, not in the way you’re thinking.
Instead of a grid you have a well in the bottom centre of the screen, from which symbols spew out whenever you click the play widget. There’s no rolling around of images, just an explosion of icons from within the depths of the well. Once they’re out there, floating in midair, they’ll start to rotate very slowly. If you don’t match any symbols, they’ll be removed when you play again, but if you make a win the matching icons will disappear and more will be thrown out of the well.
Three Is All It Takes
Well of Wonders is turning everything we know to be true upside down, starting with the combinations you need to create. Rather than getting between three and five, you simply need to find just three matching symbols. It doesn’t matter where they sit inside the mechanics of the game, they just have to match; a much easier rule to remember.
There’s some hints as to when this victory is about to happen: the symbols that match will glow prior to disappearing, which makes seeing the winning combo all the easier. What is more, once the win is gone, the multiplier listed at the bottom of the well will increase by one point. All tiny features, but they come together to create a rich array of interwoven gameplay; it feels and looks seamless.
One of Your Five a Day
To show you just how difficult it is to find other slots of a similar setup, we present to you Fruit Wrap, a no reels game from Thunderkick. That’s right, the only brand that seems to have done this before is the company that’s bringing you this fairy tale slot right now. We’re not surprised if we’re honest, but it does sadden us to know how rare innovation is these days.
Even though playing Fruit Wrap will give you a similar sort of playthrough, there’s a few aspects that are different, and we don’t just mean the aesthetic. There’s the fact that the volatility is higher, and that there’s no wilds in the game at all, whereas there’s quite a few inside the Well of Wonders.
Don’t Get Flustered
When presented with something different, a lot of us can easily get flustered; we don’t know what’s going on and so we start to panic. Of course, that’s why we’re here: to show you that there’s nothing to be worried about when you play with Thunderkick. This label may be forward thinking, but it doesn’t mean you don’t play this game like a regular slot.
The token symbol next to the spin toggle is how you set your bet; the range increases from 0.10 credits up to 100, giving you a diverse means of accessibility. As you can see, when you strip back all the fancy gimmicks and unusual graphics, you’re left with a core that needs money in order to work.
In our opinion, Thunderkick have created one of the best slot machines of the modern age, for it lacks stereotypes and predictability. However, that doesn’t mean that everything you see is brand new, in fact as the betting range demonstrates, a lot is still the same as ever. Furthermore, you have a paytable that is quite compact and without much variance, another questionable decision from the company.