Tornado: Farm Escape Basic Information:
How much a tornado means to you really depends on where you live. We in Australasia don't see them as much of a concern, whereas those in the US tornado states address them with a little bit involvement. From tearing the roofs off of houses to terrifying Helen Hunt, these forces of nature are capable of great destruction. Does this concept lend itself to the idea of wealth and pokies? Our Tornado: Farm Escape review aims to find out.
This game operates under the use of the NetEnt gambling software system. The talented programmers and designers from NetEnt are well known for going the extra mile in their creations, and Tornado: Farm Escape is no exception. This game was released on the 22nd of January, 2015.
The NetEnt 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 NetEnt.
Tornado: Farm Escape comes with a total of 20 paylines over 5 reels in a 3×5 layout.
- The minimum coins bet sits at 20
- The maximum coins bet sits at 200
- Minimum coin size sits a 0.01
- Maximum coins size sits at 1.00
- The return to player offered by this game is 93%, which is quite low.
By clicking on the spanner icon towards the lower left of the game screen the player can access the options menu. This brings up a menu with 5 different sections. These are as follows:
Enabling this option speeds up the spinning of the reels. This means that these is less time spent waiting around between the time you click spin and when the reels come to rest, speeding up the entire experience.
- Intro Screen
This option disables the intro screen from appearing the next time the player starts the game.
This option cuts out the short video animation which plays at the start of the game. This will take effect the next time the game is launched.
- Ambience sound
This option toggles the background noises from the game. While these are rather atmospheric they might be annoying for some players.
- Sound effects
This option simply toggles off all sound effects when selected.
- High, Medium and Low
The different graphics settings here serve an important purpose. The higher these are set the better the game will look, but the more demanding it will be on older or less powerful devices. Because of this players should probably set the game to medium or low when experiencing performance problems on their chosen devices.
- Spacebar to spin
This option lets the player start the spinning of the reels with a simple press of the spacebar, in addition to the regular methods.
Additional options can be accessed by clicking on the autoplay button. The basic options here allow the play to select from 10, 25, 50, 75, 100, 250, 500, 750 or 1000 autospins.
The player can also click on the advanced settings button to further customise when their autoplay will end. There are five different stopping scenarios to choose from here:
- On any win
- If Tornado is won
- When a single win exceeds an entered amount
- If cash increases by an entered amount
- If cash decreases by an entered amount
Other Helpful Additions
Tornado: Farm Escape also comes with question-mark and i help icons. Both of these detail much the same thing, basic game and winning information, but the i button does this within the game and the question-mark opens a secondary text page. The page accessed by the i button also lists all payout information, paylines and bonus info.
The game can also be muted by simply toggling the sound button located on the lower right of the game main screen.
This game is not based off any pre-existing property or event. This could well because having a game based off a particular tragedy would be incredibly tasteless. Instead this pokie aims to bring the destruction of tornado's and the effect that they can have on a house and farm and bring this fantastically fun-time to a pokie theme. Note that we at casinopokies24 do not find tornado's to be fun, but the animals in this game sure seem to. While its true I've never seen a pig, a chicken or a sheep get picked up by a tornado I'm positive they wouldn't be ecstatic as this pokie would lead us to believe, but I digress.
Other Features and Bonuses
The tornado feature in this game is accessed when the above hot and cold symbols appear in the correct place. These are any spot on reel 1 for the hot, and any spot on real 5 for cold. After this the tornado feature will be activated. When active this feature will take the symbol that appears on the second row of the centre reel. This symbol, along with the wild symbol, will then be vacuumed up by the tornado. Once all of these types of symbols are collect the reels will spin again. Following this spin the tornado will pick up and of these symbols again, and the process will repeat. This will any when there are no wild or active symbols for the tornado to pickup. The longer this feature is active the higher the symbol count will climb. The higher this count the higher the ultimate payout will be.
The wild symbol in Tornado: Farm Escape comes in the form of a television set with a rather panicked looking cow shown on the screen. These can substitute for any symbols except the hot and cold symbols.
The storm feature of this game can be accessed randomly whenever a spin is started. This will start from the outermost position on the reels. This storm will move a single position at a time. Each spot where it stops will be turned into a wild symbol. This will continue until the storm randomly moves off the reels.
While Tornado: Farm Escape does not have any free spins games it does offer a lot in the way of features. This helps alleviate this problem, as in effect the tornado feature includes free spins.
How to Play:
Basic play for Tornado: Farm Escape is as simple as a player selecting a coin value and level and clicking spin. Alternatively the player can maximise their possible bet by simply clicking on the Max Bet button to the right of the spin icon.
Clicking the autoplay button allows the player to go through a selection of different amounts of autospins. From here the user can also click on the advanced settings button in order to manually select different stopping scenarios. These include on any win, when free spins are won, if a single win exceeds an entered amount, or if cash increased or decreases by an entered amount.
Overall Design and Usability:
The design of Tornado: Farm Escape is a little bit of an odd one, to be sure. Everything here is very well crafted and animated, with it being obvious that a lot of effort and skill went into the creation of this pokie. The oddity comes from the fact that the animals all seem to enjoy being caught in this here tornado. While animals do not usually enjoy this I suppose it is possible that these animals lived a harsh life while on the farm, so their joy is nothing but an appreciation of their rapidly approaching doom. Either that or this is a pokie game, and I'm putting to much thought into it.
Most of the look here includes a greens and blues, all of which help sell the image of a lovely green farm. This even works with the default green game-frame, which is rarely the case. Great work on this front, all around.
When it comes to usability this is also an area where this game excels. Everything in here responds quickly and well, with no issues arising during out testing process. This extends to the reliability of the game, which we had no problems with. Also great here are the graphics options, which are so often overlooked but which offer so much to players on older or less powerful devices.
Where to find it:
NetEnt games stand with Microgaming as some of the most popular available. If you already have a favourite gambling website then check out if they offer NetEnt games, if they do then you might be able to find Tornado: Farm Escape there. If it is not available, or if you want a more direct list then check out the links below.
An odd theme, but a great game. This one has a little for everyone, great looks, great animations, a fun bonus structure, and a cow being thrown through the air while being nothing but thrilled. We can recommend this game to anyone looking for something new. While it might help to be a fan of the cartoonish look it is not strictly necessary, as the storm and tornado features being enough to keep even the most jaded players entertained, at least for a while. The only thing that really lets this game down is the low end RTP. Whether this matters to you really depends on one thing – how lucky do you feel?
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