With 720 ways to win and a higher volatility than most, you are going to need to be very brave and clever to tame this Siberian tiger.
The Siberian Storm slot machine landed back in land based casinos across Vegas in 2010. A year later it made it’s way online and now, here we are in 2014, with the mobile slot version. How has five years aged what was once one of the most popular IGT slots of all time?
Not too bad in fact. Sure, the music sounds like you are about to embark on a bad 80’s montage adventure film, but that was out of date even back in 2010. The graphics certainly have a ‘real slot machine‘ look to it, unlike so many online and mobile slots that have more impressive graphics . Also, what’s with the jewellery everywhere? The tiger symbols we get, but the precious gems are…. what…? Native jewellery? What has that got to do with Storms and Tigers?
Of course, we doubt others pick up on such small details as we do, so we shall move swiftly on.
If you don’t know what Multiway Xtra win is, read our features section below. If you are a fan of IGT slots, you’ll find the same mechanics as with the excellent Treasures of Troy and the carbon copy Crown of Egypt.
Except Siberian Storm mobile slot has 720 ways to win instead of 1024, which is actually an improvement. Makes figuring out your wins far easier, with the hexagonal 5 reel interface feeling simpler than the 4 x 5 reels of the two aforementioned games.
However, don’t think that the smaller amount of paylines makes it less hard hitting than it’s predecessors. This is one IGT slot game that hides some big wins if you are looking for them, but chasing that tiger will require careful budgeting. We played at least 50 spins without once getting anything other than a few ‘below our bet‘ wins.
With the Multiway Xtra win you get a bigger multiplier for the more symbols shows up on the reels. So you can imagine that stacked wilds (many of the symbols also come stacked) helps. We benefited from a couple of 10x our win, which made us breath a little easier. Then out of nowhere we got a couple of big wins with 30x our bet. Followed closely by 40x our bet win.
At this point, it brought us back from the brink of despair to about 30% up on our starting budget. We soldiered on, and eventually, hit the free spins game. Five tiger eyes get you 8 free spins, but with the stacked nature of the symbols, the more show up, the more free spins you got, up to a potential 96 free spins. We usually get about 16 to 24 free spins, and have re-triggered these in the past, so they are more than generous.
We generally walk away with around 55x time our bet, but the mega wins on these richer reels have, for many out there, got them 400x to 500x their bet. It’s not easy, but with a 109,210x your line bet maximum in game-jackpot, it’s certainly possible.
Siberian Storm slot game jumps from cool as ice to raging inferno very quickly. It’s for the brave and experienced only.
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|Mobile Slot released||March 2014 (on mobile)|
|Slot type||Video Slot|
|Slot reels / paylines||5 Reels / 720 Ways to Win|
|House edge||4.48% to 4%|
|Min/Max bet||0.50 / 500|
|Max win||109,210x line bet|
|Free spins||96 Free Spins / No Multipliers|
|Bonus rounds||Wilds, Scatters & Free Spins|
Wilds: The full sized Siberian tiger with the 'Wild' written across it is the wild symbol (shocker) and replaces all other symbols except scatters and the tawny tiger eye.
Scatters: The jewels with 'scatter' written across is, yes, the scatter symbol. 3 anywhere on the 5 reels will pay out 2 times your total bet, 4 will pay 10 times and 5 will pay 50x times.
Multi-way Xtra Wins: This game pays both ways and for any matching symbols in any position in three or more adjacent columns. If you get more than one matching symbol in the same column, it multiplies the win. This is very effective in a game where most of the symbols come stacked, including the wild.
So, for example, say you get four of a kind red tiger. That's 75 coins. However, on reel 1 you get 1 tiger, on reel two you get 2 tigers, on reel 3 you get 3 tigers and on reel four you get 1 tiger.
This is a four of a kind win, but you multiply your results with the number of tigers to get the final multiplier. So 1 x 2 x 3 x 1 = 6. That's a 6x multiplier on your 75 coins win.
Free Spins: You'll need to get 5 tigers eyes in any position on 5 consecutive reels to trigger 8 free spins. If more than one combination per spin awards free spins, the sum of the spins for all the winning combinations if awarded at once. You can get as much as 96 free spins, but we found 16 to be a general average.
The free spins reels are 'richer' and that's to say that you get more stacked wilds and more free spins. You can re-trigger this feature up to a total of 240 times, but, though we have re-triggered in the past, once is more usual, than 30 re-triggers.
This Siberian Storm mobile slot is not for the faint of heart. You really have to be feeling in the mood to burn some cash and chase some big win.
It's not the hungriest of IGT machines out there, so you will be able to stretch your budget better than in, say, Kitty Glitter, but it's still more fierce than most as you'll need to wait for the free spins.
However, when those big wins come, you'll feel like a Russian Don having conquered the wild north.
And if riding dangerous tigers are your thing, then try playing the MegaJackpot Siberian Storm slot version. You won't regret it.
Review by Lucky Mobile Slots, last updated: December 3, 2018 - Rating