Tiger Rush

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Tiger Rush House Review

 

Tiger Rush video slots by game developer Thunderkick is probably one of simplest games the studio has released in a while. While keeping it simple might work in many situations, it might not be true when playing video slots.

That is not to say that Tiger Rush has nothing to offer. As with most slot games today, it is playable across multiple platforms and players can look forward to extended game play despite high volatility. This might be because it pays both ways (from the left and the right), so getting winning combos become a little easier. Read on to find out more about this tiger in the room.

 

Setup

 

Tiger Rush is a 5×3 reel with 10 paylines. The game window is set against a background of Chinese bamboo trees with sunlight filtering true. That is thematic enough, and the graphics are high quality, but it is hardly a tribute to the design chops of the creators, and one would think is almost invisible. The soundtrack and sound effects are also fine, but nothing to write home about.

The setup is nothing out of the ordinary, although the stretched and flat reel itself is an unusual design. The play is also fast and easy to understand.

 

Payouts

 

As mentioned earlier, Tiger Rush pays both ways, so winning combinations can occur running from left to right, and right to left along a payline.  With just 10 pay lines, that feature does make payouts twice more likely. Add to that the fact that the game window expands to 25 paylines during the free spin feature, and the odds get even better.

The 9 symbols used in the Tiger Rush, and that does not include the usual playing card icons in any form. Five of the seven regular symbols are almost weird, being yellow, green, red, blue, and purple pebbles. They do not seem to have anything to do with tigers or the jungle, so that begs for a bit of ‘splaining. At any rate, the other two are a little more on point, being a stylized bird tile, and stylized flower tile.

The pebbles represent the low-paying symbols that multiply a wager with the following values for three, four, and five on the payline, respectively:

  • Yellow = 0.60, 1.4, and 5
  • Green = 0.50, 1.2, 2.5
  • Red = 0.40, 0.90, and 1.8
  • Blue = 0.40, 0.80, and 1.6
  • Purple = 0.30, 0.70, 1.4

The flower tile is a premium symbol, multiplying a wager by 1.5, 5, and 10 for three, four, and five on the payline, respectively. The highest paying regular symbol is the bird tile, multiplying a wager by 2.5, 7.5, and 15 for three, four, and five on the payline, respectively.

Setting aside the winning combo value of regular symbols, which frankly fails to excite even with a maximum bet, it is time to turn to the tiger wild and Tiger Rush logo scatters, which is where things typically get exciting.

The tiger wild, as is its nature, replaces all other adjacent symbols except for the game logo scatter to create winning combinations. However, the neat thing about this wild is that when it lands, always in the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th reels, it stacks, meaning it expands vertically to cover all three frames for that reel. When it does, it locks into place and automatically triggers a free respin. With a sticky stacked wild reel or reels and respins, the chances of creating multiple winning combinations and triggering free spins rise exponentially to a potential top win of 150x the wager.

The Tiger Rush logo scatter, on the other hand, lands only on the two outer reels. The two scatters on the board or one scatter next to a reel with a tiger wild will activate the Bonus Game mode, which comes with 5 free spins.

During this mode, the game window expands from 15 frames to 21, and from 10 paylines to 25. Players can also retrigger more free spins in the following ways:

  • Two scatters = 5 additional spins
  • One scatter and one adjacent wild = 5 additional spins
  • Scatters on Reel 1 and 5 plus wilds on Reels 2 and 4 = 10 additional spins

It usually takes a bit of luck to get some really nice payouts from any video slot game. With Tiger Rush, if everything lines up perfectly for the player in one spin, the maximum win is capped at 1,783x the wager. It’s not bad, but it’s not great for high rollers riding on the max bet.

 

Verdict

 

Tiger Rush is fine for casual slot players with a little time and looking to have fun at the same time. With a low minimum bet of £0.10, a little can go a long way. However, serious players might find it a bit tedious given the low returns that result from a lot of spins with no joy, and experiencing very little real action even when a player gets winning combinations and trigger bonus features.

Overall, Tiger Rush does not inspire the enthusiasm or excitement that goes with satisfying video slot play. The features and design of Tiger Rush lack the creativity that one would expect from a young, dynamic studio such as Thunderkick.  There is simply nothing extraordinary about Tiger Rush to justify its name.

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