I have seen some good winning screenshots from this Siberian Storm game, and I've always wanted to give it a try, but always unable to. Why? Because the game has never been available to players from my country. Everywhere that I tried to play the game, it just wouldn't load up, it gave error messages, or simply hang just like that, until I finally gave up trying. Then one fine day, I suddenly came across Siberian Storm whilst browsing through Casumo's list of games, which I hadn't noticed before, so it must have been added fairly recently. Thanks to Casumo, another once-forbidden game can now be played freely and at any time I want to.
I've heard and read on how fascinating this Siberian Storm game could be, which only drove my curiosity even higher. Now that I've seen it, played it, and experienced it myself, my curiosity has been satisfied, I am no longer a stranger to the game, and I can freely write what I want on it too. Firstly, I must comment that I have never liked any game that uses more reels and rows than the usual. For me, 5-reels 3-rows format is still my top favourite. Siberian Storm uses a diamond shape format, in rows of 3 to 5, then back to 3 again. The icons and symbols become crowded. The paylines are no longer distinctly distinguishable. The entire play area looks unsynchronised. Others may love this layout, I don't. Perhaps I'm the kind of person who likes things to be always simple, clear and neat. Siberian Storm fails me in this respect.
When things are no longer synchronised, then something has to be included to simplify an otherwise very clumsy positioning of all the icons. Voila, in comes MultiwayXtra. Hmm, what a fanciful name for something that pays both ways and 243 ways to win! But of course, 243 ways cannot fit into the diamond-shape format, so it has to be 720 ways. Change the format again and 720 ways becomes obsolete too. Sheesh! I'll stick to my 5-reels 3-rows games, thanks.
The Wild symbol doesn't pay anything, doesn't double anything, but comes stacked on reels 2, 3 and 4, plus substituting for the other symbols too, except for the Scatter and the Tiger's Eyes symbols. There are 3 different Scatter symbols in this game, the normal Scatter, the usual Tiger's Eyes and the White Tiger's Eyes. Why need 3 types of them, don't ask me, ask IGT. To me, this is all completely unnecessary. Except for the normal Scatter, both Tiger's Eyes Scatters pay the same 50x the total bet for 5 of them, and both trigger the same 8 free spins anyway. Isn't this unnecessary repetition? What it actually does is to dilute the chances of getting those Scatters, making it three times harder to get any of those 5 Scatters win! But not many players even realise this! They are simply loving the chance of getting up to 240 free spins from those Tiger's Eyes, which could be won with just 1 Scatter symbol in the first place!
The overall paytable is not that good either. The logo 'Siberian Storm' pays 1000x, the usual Tiger pays 400x, the White tiger pays 300x and all the rest pay from 125x to 50x the line bet for 5 of each kind, making it a very low paytable indeed. Only the 720 ways MultiwayXtra feature can make up for good decent wins from this game, if you're lucky enough.
Despite all the good things I've read about this Siberian Storm game, my own plays on the game were nothing more than disappointing. The chances of getting good wins lie within those Free Spins games, yet they can hardly come when you want them too, taking hundreds of useless spins before one can come. Yes, it's true that this game may be a high variance game, but the paytable doesn't really provide for huge wins, which is a big shame. Nah, Siberian Storm can stay in Siberia as far as I'm concerned. I've got much better high variance games to play with.