Siberian Storm Basic Information:
Storms suck, this much is practically an undeniable truth. Keep in mind that this is said from somebody who has only ever lived in warmer climates and has never personally had to worry about any major weather events. A Siberian Storm, then? Well, those sound like an absolute nightmare. Is this concept so nightmarish that a pokie based on the idea is doomed to failure, or is this something we can enjoy from the warmth of our collective gambling stations? Keep reading our review to find out…
This game operates under the use of the IGT gambling software system. IGT, also known as International Game Technology is an utter giant in the industry. They boast that their video slots take up around half of all video poker slots which current exist in physical casinos in the United States, with this being one of their more recent forays into digital gambling. This game was released on the 10th of October, 2011.
The IGT system is compatible with a great many devices which are capable of running Flash. This means most PCs, Apple computers and tablets, along with a variety of other mobile devices. Check if your device supports flash, if it does you should be able to run games from IGT.
Siberian Storm comes with a total of 70 paylines over 5 reels in a 3-4-5-4-3 layout.
- The minimum coins bet sits at 50.0
- The maximum coins bet sits at 1000.0
- Minimum coin size sits a 1.0
- Maximum coins size sits at 20.0
- The return to player offered by this game is 94.26% which is towards the lower end of average.
By clicking on the main menu button towards the top-left of the game screen the player can access the options menu. This brings up a menu with six different options. These are as follows:
- Sound Effects
When toggles this option determines whether sound effects will play in the game.
- Dealer Voice
When toggled this option determines whether the occasional Siberian Storm voice over will comment.
- Ambient Sound
This option toggles ambient noises when clicked.
- High Quality Graphics
This option toggles the best looking graphics when it is clicked. This is an important feature which is often overlooked. Users on older or less powerful devices might want to disable this.
- Full Animations
Acts as the quickspin option of this game. When it is toggles off there is less time spent waiting around for the reels and other animations to play out.
- Fit To Window
This option changes the overall shape of the main game screen to best fit whatever frame it is located in.
These are the options and buttons which are simply linked from the main game screen. These include:
Located up the top-right of the main game screen. When this is clicked the player enters the paytable screen. This section lists all of the various symbol payouts, payline and bonus information.
- Coin Value
This option simply changes the total amount which is bet on each active payline.
The button used to spin the reels.
- Auto Spin
The little blue button located to the lower-right of the main game screen. When clicked this will bring up a simple tab with 5 selections of autospins to play out: 10x,20x,30x,40x, and 50x. Once these have been started they will either finish once the total spins are completed, or when the player manually ends the spins.
- Graphics Quality spanner Button
This set of options simply allows the player to set their chosen level of graphical fidelity. There are four different levels here: Best, High, Medium and Low. While best will obvious look the best, lower options will perform better on older or less powerful hardware. Keep this in mind if your game slows down. Games tend to get more crash prone the more they struggle to run. A crashed game means no payout, so low can be best in these situations.
Siberia, for those unaware, makes up an extensive portion of Northern Asian. The land now falls within the boundaries of Russia, as it has since the 17th century.
Siberia is well known for its winters, with are both long and harsh. In the month of January the temperature averages out at around -25 C. Yeah, I don't think I'll be taking my holiday there.
As Siberia has a land coverage of somewhere around 13 million square kilometres it is only natural that there is a lot of variation when it comes to natural (cold) environment. This includes lakes, forests and plains.
Among the wildlife here are the Siberian Tigers, an animal so admired that they made the cover image for this very pokie!
Other Features and Bonuses
As is common with IGT games of the time, this pokie comes with the Multiway Xtra Wins Feature. With this feature extra payouts are given when the same symbol appears in any other positions in adjacent columns. Having the same symbol in the same columns multiplies this win.
The wild symbol in Siberian Storm comes in the form of the above white tiger. These can appear on reels 2,3 and 4 only, and substitute for all symbols except for the scatter and free spins bonus symbols.
The scatter symbol in Siberian Storm comes in the form of the above icon. These give out payments in the following quantities:
- 3 scatter symbols give a 2x multiplier when gathered
- 4 scatter symbols give a 10x multiplier when gathered
- 5 scatter symbols give a 50x multiplier when gathered
These do not need to appear on an active payline in order to generate a payout.
The free spins bonus symbol in Siberian Storm comes in the form of the above eye icon. When the player manages to gain a minimum of 5 of these on 5 consecutive reels the player will gain access to the free spins bonus game.
The free spins bonus game in Siberian Storm is won when the player manages to gain a minimum of 5 consecutive bonus symbol within the main game. When this occurs the player will be given a total of 8 free spins. If more than one combination per spin awards free spins, the sum of spins for all winning combinations is awarded at once, earning up to 96 spins.
When within this game the player is able to trigger additional free spins in the situation where they gain 5 additional bonus symbols over 5 consecutive reels. In this situation the player will be given an additional 8 free spins. The free spins will end when the free spins counter reaches 0, or when the player has managed to complete 240 free spins.
The quantity used as a bet for these games is the same amount which was bet during the round in which these free games were activated.
While the look of the reels and the symbols will change when within this bonus game the only rules which will change are the ones which are listed above.
How to Play:
Basic play for Siberian Storm is as simple as a player selecting a coin value and clicking spin.
Clicking the autoplay button allows the player to go through a selection of different amounts of autospins.
Overall Design and Usability:
Siberian Storm is not a new game, and this is something which becomes immediately obvious when looking at it. That is not to say that the game itself is ugly, it's not, but the quality on offer here is something which has been made for the computers of the time. This means the effects and the resolution might not be up to snuff for all users. The game itself uses a combination of blues and whites to illustrate the cold of the Siberian winter, and in this it does a pretty decent job. This applies to the backgrounds, symbols and animations, all of which look great considering when they were made.
In terms of usability, this is a game which again does very well, considering its age. In fact the multitudes of graphics settings this game offers, which are so useful, are often not found in modern creations. The game itself it also fast, reliable and responsive. During our testing process we found no problems at all, which is always great. The only real letdown here is in terms of autoplay. While there is one on offer, its lack of stopping options becomes a hell of a hurdle for veteran players, or those who rely on this option.
Where to find it:
IGT aren't as prolific as NetEnt or Microgaming, though they still make quite and impression on those websites which include their use. If you already have a favourite gambling website then check out if they offer IGT games, if they do then you might be able to find Siberian Storm there. If it is not available, or if you want a more direct list then check out the links below.
A dated game, though one which still holds up well in many regards. Siberian Storm is solid, if basic, in its structure, and is ultimately a game which we could feel very happy in recommending to new players. When it comes to intermediate or veteran players this dated appearance combined with a lack of autoplay options might make this creation a less than perfect choice. There is also the fact that this game runs a RTP much lower than most pokies out there, which ultimately hurts its long-term appeal and playability.
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