Divine Lotus (Thunderkick): Overview
A Thunderkick slot with 6 reels and 4096 ways to win, seems familiar? There aren’t too many of them out there after all, and veteran players won’t have any problems identifying Divine Lotus as an Asian-themed version of one of Thunderkick’s most successful slots to date, Pink Elephants. So, is it merely a re-skin, or does it bring anything new to the table? And is the generic title a tell-tale of equally generic gameplay? We’re about to find out.
Just as we predicted, Thunderkick’s last slot, Riders of the Storm, went on to become a big hit with players in the community. But things move quickly in this industry, and there’s little time to sit back and eat cake while resting on one’s laurels, for players are impatiently waiting like hungry hatchlings to be fed new slots. With a zen-like feel, Divine Lotus takes us to a mesmerizing place floating in the sky, a place where mysterious lotus flowers transform into matching symbols and where the free spins round can bring even more lotuses into play, potentially leading to nearly a full screen of matching premium symbols. With a theoretical return to player set to 96.14%, you can play it from 0.10 to €/£100 per spin across all devices.
Generally speaking, Asian-themed slots have a tendency to be as generic as Chinese tablet firmware. Thankfully we’re spared most of the clichés here. Set amongst the clouds and with floating lush island and majestic waterfalls in the background that drop to the nothingness below, Divine Lotus does indeed live up to its name. On the reels, you’ll see dragon scale 9 to A royals as well as a diversity of dragon whelps that are blue, green, yellow, and red in colour. Of these, the red dragon is the most rewarding, giving you 5 times your stake for a 6 of a kind combination. The top symbol, however, is the fiery mama dragon – 6 of her will give you 10 times your stake.
As always, Thunderkick displays the value of the symbols relative to the current bet size, which is exactly how it should be. A wild symbol in the form of a “W” is also present. It replaces all symbols but the scatter and lotus.
Divine Lotus (Thunderkick): Features
The first thing that you’ll notice to stand out from Pink Elephants is the addition of the Mystery Lotus feature. Currently trending as one of the most popular features on the market, when these mystery symbols land on the reels in the base game, all instances of them will transform into a randomly chosen high-paying symbol.
The Mystery Lotus comes to even better use in the Free Spins round which is triggered in a rather unconventional way. To gain access, you need to land lotus scatter symbols on 3 or more reels which will give you 2 free spins. But don’t despair – each scatter symbol also awards 1 extra free spin. Thus, 5 scatters spread across 3 reels will give you a starting setup of 7 free spins.
Once inside, the backdrop changes from sunrise to sunset, and you’ll also notice a lotus meter on the left side of the reels. It keeps track of every lotus flower collected and when enough lotuses have been added to fill the meter, the indicated symbol is removed from the reels and replaced by a Mystery Lotus symbol for the rest of the round as well as rewarding an extra free spin. Moreover, as a result of the transformation, the Mystery Lotus symbol then cannot transform into that particular symbol. Highly volatile, the Divine Lotus free spins feature can lead to payouts of up to 8,709 times your total stake.
Divine Lotus (Thunderkick): Verdict
As you can tell, Divine Lotus is obviously built on the Pink Elephant template, and both games are indeed quite similar. When it comes to technicalities such as RTP, volatility, and maximum payout, there’s little to set them apart. Therefore, choosing which one to play will mainly come down to personal preference. For those that have moved on from Pink Elephant, or possibly forgotten about it altogether, Divine Lotus offers an opportunity to re-discover it in a totally new setting. Also, with the mystery symbol feature being in high demand these days, it adds a modern touch to the gameplay as well.
Divine Lotus may lack the originality to make it as hyped and successful as Riders of the Storm, but being a refined version of Pink Elephants, you really can’t go wrong with it either. Obviously, we were hoping for something slightly more unique but regardless, Divine Lotus still manages to muster up enough appeal to draw us in.