We’re at a loss for introductions when we watch the reels of Tiger Rush by Thunderkick, as its lackluster quality leaves us bewildered. It’s not horrible or ugly; in fact, it’s just the opposite. The problem is that there isn’t enough originality to sustain interest for the duration of a thorough evaluation. Because what more is there to say when you’ve seen it all a thousand times before and the rewards are so illogical that not even the slow spins can get your pulse rate up by one miserable beating per minute.
However, there are some whose fascination with this genre defies explanation. Maybe it’s the high bonus frequency in low volatility slots that floats their boat, despite the absence of substantial potential. Fair enough, they do have the side benefit of effectively combating wagering by giving players longer playtime than high volatility slots do in general. So, let’s take a look at the game itself; perhaps there is magic hidden therein.
The base game for Tiger Rush’s 5-reel, 3-row slot machine features 10 fixed pay lines, while the bonus game increases that number to 25. Bets range from €0.10 to €100, as is standard for Thunderkick slots, and winnings may be collected in both directions on each spin. The theoretical return of 96.3% is very normal and within the range of acceptable returns. Tiger Rush is a quick and reasonably straightforward slot with concentration on wild respins and a bonus game with expanded paylines.
The reelset is a standard arrangement, but its flat, spread out shape makes it stand out from the crowd. In addition, the background will have blurry bamboo trees and sunlight filtering through the ethereal jungle foliage. The Tiger illustration in traditional Chinese style on the wild reels is a lovely touch.
Payouts and Symbols for Tiger Rush
According to the paytable, Tiger Rush has just seven standard icons, two of which are bonus symbols. The low-value symbols resemble irradiated Jelly Beans, while the high-value symbols are reminiscent of works of Asian art. If you get five of the top symbol—a silver bird on an orange background—you’ll win 15 times your wager.
The Tiger wild symbol only appears on reel three, where it can extend to span the entire reel and award an extra respin. With or without the aid of the wild reels (though it’s far more likely to happen with the help of the wilds), a complete screen of the top paying symbol can result in a massive win of 150 times the stake, as the normal symbols appear fully stacked on the reels. Yawn.
As a scatter, the Tiger Rush emblem appears exclusively on the first and fifth reels. If the poor rewards in the base game weren’t bad enough, the scatter symbol is worthless unless it helps to activate a bonus. Two scatters, or one scatter and a nearby wild, are required to activate the bonus. Either of these combos will trigger 5 free spins, with an additional 5 spins added to the bonus for each additional wild.
As the center reels grow from 3 to 5 symbols high during the free spins bonus round, players are treated to an extra 15 paylines. The bonus works in the same way as the regular game, except that the maximum payout for a single spin has been increased to 375 times the initial wager. The game’s maximum is set at 1750x, which is tragic in and of itself.
The End of Tiger Rush
If not for the low payouts, Thunderkick may have gotten away with this boring and unoriginal slot. The problem is that the potential in the main game is ridiculously high, even for a low variance slot, and it started to feel like a rusty old Merry-Go-Round after we triggered our tenth bonus in what felt like 50 spins (could have been way more since you can quick spin this thing lightning fast). The bonus may benefit from some added punch, such as adding a 2x multiplier or a random feature. Instead, we get more of the same.