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If you have enjoyed playing the IGT classic, Siberian Storm over the years, then you might like to check out Sumatran Storm, for a change of scenery. Here, we find the tigers have given up on their snowy cold location in Siberia and moved over to the somewhat warmer Sumatra.
If you’re a fan of IGT’s Siberian Storm, chances are you’ll like the trouble brewing up on an island in Southeast Asia, home to critically endangered Sumatran tiger.
Boasting the same rewarding MultiWay Xtra feature, Sumatran Storm was warmly welcomed by those who have previously played the game at land-based casinos. Normally only highly popular titles make the transition to the online world and that would indicate this is a game well worth playing.
Let’s explore it in detail and see if that’s really the case.
Sumatran Storm uses an explosion of red and orange as a fiery background for the reel area of an irregular shape. Reels 1 and 5 contain only three rows each, reels 2 and 4 an additional one, and the middle reel five rows in total. IGT’s MultiWay Xtra feature makes symbols pay from left to right and the other way around, giving you 720 ways to win.
You’ll see credits added to your balance each time 3 or more matching icons appear on consecutive reels. Wild Tiger will land only on the 3 middle ones and frequently appear stacked, but does not propose to take place of the game’s Scatter and Bonus icons. It will, however, stand in for the Sumatran tiger, emerald necklaces, shells, game logo, and the inevitable playing card symbols.
Scatter has no special powers except for the fact it will pay a generous 50x your total stake for five-of-a-kind and thus enable you to collect as much as £150,000. Bonus symbol depicted as Tiger Eye activates the bonus round and awards 5 Free Spins for 5 triggering icons no matter where they appear. Every additional occurrence of Tiger Eyes combo adds 5 spins on the house, potentially resulting in up to 150 free rounds with stacked Wilds allowing you to enjoy impressive winning sequences and a highly pleasing end result.
Sumatran Storm features an RTP of 93.23% to 96.56% and is not a game for low-rollers. The minimum of £0.60 has to be invested in order to spin its reels, but if you’ve got a bigger-than-average budget available, feel free to wager as much as £300 per round and potentially collect 6-figure jackpot delivered by five Scatters.
So how does all of the above add up? Punters who have played this game in a brick-and-mortar establishment will doubtlessly embrace its online version. The others might find it to be a bit too similar to its predecessor. Sumatran tiger takes place of the Siberian one, but not much else has changed. In fact, if memory serves correctly, bonus round in Siberian Storm allows one to win 240 free-of-charge spins vs the maximum 150 available at Sumatra, which sounds like a downgrade rather than an improvement.
On the other hand, the second title features a maximum wager of 300 credits instead of 150, consequently allowing one to win a jackpot twice as big as the one offered in Siberia. It kind of looks like the developer has decided to milk a success for all its worth by serving us reheated seconds, though there’s no denying both titles have created a respectable following in different parts of the world.
As with many 'follow-up' games, this one is pretty much identical to the original Siberian Storm penny slot machine game, apart from the graphics and sound have changed.
That might sound like a bad thing, but it's actually really good fun. The game is refreshing and has a superb bonus game to play. A lot of people often play this game when in the mood for Siberian Storm and it isn't paying out. A change is as good as a rest, as they say.