Falcons have been used for hunting for thousands of years, as people have used their excellent vision and ability to fly to track down and kill small animals. In one of their more grounded games, Thunderkick has released The Falcon Huntress slot, which takes place in Mongolia and sees you assuming the role of a young lady that uses the birds of prey to take down animals and rack up credits in the process.
Clearly inspired by the fascinating 2016 movie documentary titled The Eagle Huntress, this game is a 5 reel, 9 payline video slot that takes place in Mongolia. You're situated outside a yurt at twilight, and you have the symbols stitched onto a tapestry. The game's symbols are a combination of standard icons and those associated with the theme and include 10, J, Q, K, A, and feathers, eggs and nests, a bracelet, and the huntress herself.
The game's features include wild symbols, expanding symbols, scatters, and free spins. The free spins round is triggered by landing 3 falcon egg symbols, and the round may be re-triggered while in free spins mode. The expanding symbol feature may be triggered randomly after any winning spin and causes winning symbols to expand to fill up the reel on which they are located. These, combined with the paylines give the game a theoretical return to player percentage (RTP) of 96.1%, which is right about average for slots published by Thunderkick.
The game has built in desktop and mobile compatibility, and the experience is identical with both. I played the game on my iPhone XS and my iPad, and noted no difference in quality between them and the desktop version of the game. If you want to play on the go, you should encounter no issues here.
Unlike the excellent film that Thunderkick pinched the idea from, The Falcon Huntress is a game that I simply am not a big fan of. The game is too bland for my tastes, and Thunderkick has much better games that you can test your luck with. The design looks muddied and muted in various shades of brown, and while I understand that is what the team was trying to achieve, it doesn't exactly make for an exciting experience.
All in all, this is a game that is unlikely to set your pulses racing. If you are curious about falconry or Mongolia, your time would be far better spent renting The Eagle Huntress film and checking it out instead.