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If you are a fan of the classic IGT game, Siberian Storm, you should really love this new and improved version called Thundering Buffalo. The basic game is the same as Siberian Storm, with most of the differences being the graphics and sounds. You can play the game here for free, with no download required and no pop-up ads.
We also have Free Buffalo Slots game by Aristocrat - this is the one that's the most popular in Las Vegas and is well worth taking a look at too.
Out of 10 million buffaloes, only one white calf is born – these beautiful animals are not just extremely rare, but also have a status of sacred creatures, much like cats in Ancient Egypt or cows in India. The legend about white buffaloes' divine nature and their elevated status in Native American culture and religion is explained with a legend which describes the first encounter of the white buffalo and a Lakota Sioux tribe.
Hungry and exhausted due to the lack of food, the tribe sent two young hunters to explore the surroundings; after a while, the men saw a young woman who advised them to go back to their camp and announce her arrival. The woman educated the Lakota Sioux people about the nature of universe and mysteries of the land, turning into a white calf before finally leaving the tribe that was at that moment suddenly surrounded with herds of buffaloes.
Sadly, the legend is unknown to a lot of non-Native Americans and soon, buffaloes as a species will be very close to becoming a thing of legend. Let us just hope that High 5 Games and their Thundering Buffalo slot will inspire us to cherish these magnificent creatures and remind us on the void left when a lovely and powerful animal species disappear from the face of the earth...
Gameplay, betting range and return to player percentage
Thundering Buffalo has 5 reels, 3-4-5-4-3 row-system, and 720 ways-win structure; the bets start at $0.50 with x1 multiplier and can be adjusted manually.
The maximum bet is capped at $500 with an x1000 multiplier, which can be selected using the relevant tab on the left – by selecting the multiplier level, the players will automatically increase the bets and vice versa. Expected return to player percentage is under 95% which is not surprising, considering the max bet and x1000 multiplier.
The players can also activate the Replay feature as well as AutoPlay mode which will activate up to 25 automated spins. The Auto feature can be stopped manually or when the auto spins expire.
Free Spins icon combination on connecting reels will unlock the Free Spin feature with 8 extra rounds. More spins can be awarded if the triggering combination lands on multiple reels and all Free Spins are added together and activated as a session of up to 240 spins.
The Wild icon can only land on reels 2 – 4, replacing all symbols except for the Fire Scatter icon. Picking the Scatters will double your stake and if you manage to collect 5, the stake will be increased by x50.
Strong and weak points of Thundering Buffalo slot
The theme of the game is powerful, but the graphics and visual quality are far from being a match, which is quite surprising, having in mind that the game was released not so long ago - in 2015.
If you were hoping for some interesting bonus features, you will probably be sorely disappointed to discover that Free Spins are pretty much all that you will be getting.
Although Thundering Buffalo has a lower betting limit of $0.50, which makes it available to all kinds of players, playing with high stakes makes much more sense with this slot – but only if you have a budget that can take it, otherwise the game can leave you high and dry.
The possibility of hitting a longer Free Spins session can offer some comfort but unfortunately, that's not really enough to engage or challenge the players who are used to more dynamic slots with more special features to choose from or at least a higher return to player percentage rate.
The Las Vegas version is exactly the same as the free one we have here, as far as gameplay is concerned. You will not see Thundering Buffalo in all the Vegas casinos, but it is in most of them (at the time of writing) and is just as good as the Siberian Storm game, so if you love that one, you will love this one too.