Wed, Feb 27, 4:32am by Ethan Anderson
Last Updated Mon, Oct 7, 11:27pm
A Popular Pokie Just Got Better with a Life-Changing Progressive Jackpot Addition
Siberian Storm ranks up there with the most popular online pokies from IGT. While many software houses would have stuck with this winning formula – IGT has found different ways to improve things. One involves Siberian Storm Dual Play (which has two linked sets of reels). This game Siberian Storm: MegaJackpots, gives you an added shot at a million-dollar prize.
This jackpot works well with the original game features. Those include both-direction all-ways wins, stacked wilds and a potentially huge free spins bonus game. The fierce tigers, distinctive tiger-eye symbols and dramatic frozen wasteland theme are still firmly in place.
Main reasons to take this game for a spin:
MegaJackpots is a shared progressive. This is linked between a lot of different online pokies including Golden goddess and Wolf Run. You can win it on any game, and the pool grows big with play on multiple titles contributing. This prize is seeded at $500k – it regularly goes over the $1 million mark before being won.
Winning it is simple. You can line up 5 of the special MegaJackpots symbols across the 5 reels to win it instantly. You can also win it at random. After each spin there is a draw, which has the potential to award the big prize. If you bet more per spin, your chances of winning a draw are proportionally bigger.
In many MegaJackpots pokies, you either win the big one or not. In Siberian Storm MegaJackpots there are some consolation prizes for 2, 3 and 4 of the special logo symbols.
These act like scatters – only with $500k+ for all 5! 4 logos anywhere in view gets you 100x your bet, 3 are worth 20x and 2 get you 2x.
IGT has kept the game-play which made Siberian Storm popular. There are wild symbols on the middle 3 reels, which can come in long stacks. These are useful with any all-ways system. What you’ll find with this setup is that wins come from both directions – making the wilds even better.
With diamond shaped reels, and 2-direction wins, you have 720 potential winning combinations. That is to say, if you completely filled the reels with one symbol, you’d be paid for 720 lines.
Free spins ae triggered by hitting one or more of the tiger eye symbols (you really can’t miss them) on each reel. You get 8 free spins for each combination of 5 – with 96 spins the maximum possible from the triggering spin. These spins can be retriggered too, with a maximum of 240 possible for any one feature.
Logo symbols have the biggest prize. These are worth 1,000 coins for 5 of a kind. Next come the two beautiful big cats. There is an orange one and a white one, both facing you from their symbols. Expect a roar when they hit – and to be paid up to 400 coins for 5.
Lower paying symbols look like exotic jewels, with a carved horn also featuring.
Music for this pokie sounds like it would work for a chase sequence in a movie – classical and stirring at the same time. The only difference in the design of the MegaJackpots version of Siberian Storm from the original is the bar across the top. You’ll see the prize amount scrolling through while you spin and will spot the logos on the reels in the place of scatters from the original.
Those tigers are beautifully designed. One sits by the side of the reels. When you hit a big win, a ghostly white one will roar, appearing over the reels while your prize is counted. With a snowstorm going on while you spin, this pokie certainly feels dramatic.
Things go from day to night during the free spins, with the background of the symbols changing.
There is always a risk when messing with a popular game. In this case the addition of the progressive prize is a big positive for Siberian Storm. The game-play has that same epic feel to it, while having two shots at a life-changing sum adds excitement. It was not that the old game lacked excitement. Free spins, stacked wilds and scatter wins are all possible. Win that $500k progressive, and your pokies session could be a roaring success!