Review of IGT’s Siberian Storm Slot Machine
Siberian Storm slots belong to one of IGT’s new categories of slot machine games: 720 Ways to Win. The other brand name for this new category of slots? MultiWay Xtra. The game has a Siberian white tiger theme, so boxing legend Mike Tyson should love it.
Siberian Storm slot machines have 5 reels and a whopping 720 paylines. The game features a white snowy theme. It’s available at traditional, land based, brick and mortar casinos, but it’s also available at certain online casinos.
The minimum bet for this game is 50 credits, and you can play in any of the following denominations: $1, $2, $3, $5, $10, and $20. This makes the betting range $50 on the low end and $1000 at the high end. This game is NOT appropriate for low rollers, but it’s perfect for all but the most jaded of high rollers.
The $50 minimum bet is supposed to be deceptively small because of the many different ways to win. I’ll share my experiences actually playing the game later in this review.
Reels and Symbols
You’ll see the following images appearing on the reels as you play:
- The Eye of the Tiger.
- An Emerald Claw.
- An Orange Tiger
- The Siberian Storm Logo.
- The Siberian Tiger
- A Tiger’s Claw (Gold-plated, natch.)
One of the white tigers, the one with the profile view of the tiger’s entire body, is a wild symbol. It can serve as a substitute for any symbol needed to complete a winning combination. (Remember how wild symbols work from poker? Usually the joker is the wild symbol. It’s the same principle.) The eye of the tiger triggers free spins. So does the emerald claw.
One of the first things you’ll notice about this game is that it doesn’t look like a traditional slot machine. Usually you have 5 reels and all of the reels feature the same number of symbols—sometimes 3, sometimes 5. But in this game, reels 1 and 5 only show 3 symbols at a time. Reels 2 and 4 show 4 symbols. And reel 3, the middle reel, has 5 symbols.
This makes for a more interesting looking game than many slots players are used to.
That’s a good thing.
As with most of IGT’s newer slot machine games, you have the option to use auto spin to make 10, 20, 30, 40, or 50 spins automatically with a single press of the button.
Don’t do it, though.
Since you’re playing a game with a negative expectation, you should slow your play down as much as you can in order to preserve your bankroll.
I’ve seen sites claim that the payout percentage for Siberian Storm slots is 96%. I’m not sure about that.
I did notice, though, that I got a decent sized win on my 3rd spin. Based on my experiences lately with some of IGT’s other games, that seems like it might be a good thing. I saw a small win again on my 5th spin, but it was only for $10. A ten dollar win on a fifty dollar bet is a net loss of forty dollars.
I think it’s neat the way slot machine manufacturers have tapped into players’ psychologies to make them feel like they just one even though, in reality, they only lost less money than on their previous losing spins.
After about 50 spins, I was starting to get discouraged. It seemed clear that I was going to see a small win of less than I had bet maybe once every 3 spins or so, and every 10 spins or so I’d see a moderate win of $100 or so.
But then I got 5 Eyes of the Tiger in a row and triggered the free spins.
I won 16 free spins for a net total of $1115 in winnings. That’s more in winnings than my starting bankroll of $1000. I decided to call it quits after winning the free spins, so I booked a net profit of $355.
The Siberian Storm slot machine game is an attractive and interesting game with a high enough hit ratio to keep you interested. I’ve seen claims that the game’s payout percentage is 96%–I don’t see any reason to doubt that number based on my playing experience there.
The graphics and sound effects are top notch, although they lack the originality and “wow” factor of the 3D slots that companies like Net Entertainment and Betsoft are producing. I especially liked the way that the white background turned orange during the free spins round. That was a nice touch.
This game isn’t for everyone, especially not low rollers. But if you have at least $1000 in your bankroll, you might be able to enjoy a short session at this game. If you book a win early, quitting while you’re ahead is probably a good idea.