Claw yourself in some cash with the Tiger themed reels of IGT’s Multi-Way Xtra Siberian Storm slot machine. This game is one of IGT’s top land based slot machines, and after just a few spins you’ll see why.
Siberian Storm Features
- Absolutely awesome reel game
- Wins come thick and fast with the Multi-Way Xtra system
- Five consecutive tiger eyes activates the bonus round
- Win up to 96 initial free spins
- Multi-Way Xtra pays for permutations of combinations
It’s got everything you want from a casino game in terms of action, as well as some great graphics, although we’re not quite sure what half the reel symbols are supposed to be. Knowing IGT, they’re no doubt some kind of indigenous tribal art, but in our office the jury’s still out.
With a tiger theme to Siberian Storm you’d expect plenty of roars on the reels and that’s exactly what you get. We can say it over and over again, but IGT have really ramped up their audio department (perhaps it’s no longer just one guy with a Bontempi organ) in recent years and the result is a more immersive, high quality gaming experience.
IGT love to brand their reel mechanism. They used to go on about their stacked wilds (around the time they released Wolf Run) but they’ve gone a bit quiet on that front now. None the less its more than worth mentioning that Siberian Storm uses these clustered wilds, which can help you achieve the big combination wins. Especially when you put them together with the Multi-Way Xtra system.
Do we really need to explain Multi-Way Xtra again to the full degree? We’re happy to give you a brush over, but if you really want to get the full low-down on this clever system of pay-lines, why not take a look at our Treasures of Troy review, which explains it in full. However, we’d feel bad if we didn’t give you a basic breakdown.
Siberian Storm’s reel arrangement gives player 720 different ways to win. This is calculated quite simply by multiplying the number of stop spaces on each reel. Now the Multi-Way Xtra system not only pays for combinations over the reels, but it also pays an additional award for permutations of said combinations. It might sound a little bit like A-Level mathematics, because that’s exactly what it is, but as a great philosopher once wrote, just spin the reels and it will all become obvious.
The Siberian Storm free spin game kicks in when you stop in at least five consecutive tigers eye symbols anywhere across the reels. Hit a number and you can get a maximum 96 spins to take into this round, which is what puts the Storm into the Siberian.
Here you can really ramp up the wins, with the IGT patented second set of reels (how long before they put a trademark on that phrase?) that are stuff with even more bonus activating symbols and stacked wilds.
Slot Professor Says
The original IGT Multi-Way Xtra slot machine is Treasures of Troy, and if you read my review you'll know how much I hated this game. It seems that IGT has actually listened to the fans and put right the multiple problems that harangued it with their later title, Siberian Storm. I have to say that I really do like this game, possibly a little too much, as it seems to spit out the wins and the free spin game is truly something to behold.
Whilst the wins for single 3, 4 and 5 symbol combos can seem quite low, but remember that you're going to be hitting big multiple combinations here, which is where the money is hiding. Although there are stacked wilds in Siberian Storm, it often seems that they just don't come into play that often. The bigger money here is certainly in the free spin game. This can totally pump out the prizes, especially when you consider how easy it is to grab yourself a big handful of spins when you enter the round.
There is the argument that the Siberian Storms reels are not only stacked with wilds, but also heavily stacked in favour of the free spin game. It could seem like they've got a bit of a point here as the machine does seem to either vomit credits at you like a English studying fresher on graduation week, or its as tight as a tax-man's wallet. Still hit the free spin round, cash in and cash out. That's my best advice to you.