Tornado: Farm Escape
Tornado: Farm Escape Video Slot was released by the top game developer NetEnt back in January 2015. This whirlwind fun game sees the farm animals trying to escape their rural life. They are in desperate need of a holiday, so much so that even a storm and a tornado will do to help them on their way.
Tornado: Farm Escape online slot is a 5-reel, 3-row, 20-line game that features Wild substitutions and the new Storm and Tornado features. These new features will see you having an abundance of Wilds being thrown into the game and symbols being scooped up and coins being awarded. The top prize with this fun animal farm game is 167,000 coins.
How to play Tornado: Farm Escape Video Slot
When you first load up this online slot you will be treated to a brief video introduction to the game where you see the hard worked animals desperately in need of a holiday. You see the storm ensue and the Tornado sweep them away on their journey. Following this the normal game screen loads.
Before you start getting stuck in down on the farm you need to set your cost per spin. You do this by using the ‘Coin Value’ and ‘Bet Level’ buttons towards the bottom of the game screen. The Tornado: Farm escape video slot has 7 coin levels which are 0.01, 0.02, 0.05, 0.10, 0.20, 0.50 and 1.00. You also have a total of 10 bet levels. By using these options you can set the minimum cost to spin the reels at 20p and the maximum at £200. We always recommend that before you play that the level you set as your cost per spin is one that you are comfortable with.
The reels of the game hold suitably high quality designed symbols in a cartoon style all on a background that is a view from the sky looking down on the farm. There are 10 main symbols and a Wild symbol and unlike the majority of NetEnt games, there are no card symbols. Instead, you have the farm animals and household items from the farm that have been swept up by the Storm and Tornado.
To spin the reels you just need to select the green button with the rotating arrows at the very centre of the bottom part of the game screen. Next to the spin button you also have a ‘Max Bet’ button and an ‘Auto Play’ button. Clicking the Max Bet will spin the reels at level 10 based on your current coin value. Choosing the Auto Play feature gives you the option to have the game spin the reels automatically. You can set the number of spins from 10 up to 1000 spins.
As you play you may be hit by the randomly activated Storm feature. This will see a dark storm cloud appear on one of the reels and then move one position at a time in any direction creating Wild symbols as it goes. Once the storm cloud has disappeared off the game screen the spinning reels will stop and the Wild symbols will help generate the highest possible win for that spin.
Besides the symbols on the reels mentioned above, there is also a hot symbol on reel one and a cold symbol on reel 5. If both of these appear at the same time then the Tornado feature will begin. The symbol that appears on the second row in the center will become an ‘active’ symbol. The tornado will appear as the reels spin and collect up all active and wild symbols with the latter changing into the active symbol. This feature will continue until a spin has no active or wild symbol.
Tornado: Farm Escape Video Slot Tips
You will find at the bottom of the game on the left, there are several options including a question mark, auto button, volume control and settings. The question mark gives you fairly in-depth information about the game including rules and game functions.The settings allow you to set your spacebar on a PC as the action for activating a spin. You can also set the game to quick spin, remove the intro screens, set the graphic levels and more.
You will also see on the left of the Tornado: Farm Escape game screen an ‘i’ symbol. Selecting this will allow you to view a series of 8 screens that give information on each of the features discussed above. You can also view the coin payout levels for the number of matching symbols on a pay line along with a grid view of each of the winning lines. These screens are useful to help you familiarise yourself with the game.
Before you begin to play this online slot with your hard earned cash, it is best to try it out for free in demo mode, especially if you have never experienced it before. This will give you the chance to learn how the game works and familiarise yourself with the features. At any time, you can switch to real play mode. If you would like to play Tornado: Farm Escape for free in demo mode at Unibet Casino and Casino Cruise.
Is Tornado: Farm Escape the right video slot for you?
The Tornado: Farm Escape Video Slot has a theoretical RTP (return to player) of 96.5% giving a house edge of 3.5%. This is a decent enough RTP although NetEnt does have games with a higher RTP such as Neon Staxx Video Slot.
In our initial test of 100 spins at a cost per spin of £1, we found it quite difficult to obtain either of the two main features of this game. The jackpot size and difference in coin values from 4 to 5 symbols indicates this is a medium variance game but we found it paying out less frequently that we would expect. We had plenty of dry spells with as much as 22 spins without a win. At no time did we get either feature. We tested the game with another 100 spins and at spin 165 we got the Storm feature 3 times but only one of those produced a win of £11. By the end of 200 spins, we still had not achieved the Tornado feature.
Overall, the game is nice to play but with a lack of frequent features like you can get in Hooks Heroes, it can feel a bit bland. However, even though holding out for the Tornado may take a while but it should bring in a good sized win when achieved. This may not be the best slot for playing through any free casino bonus but give it a try and let us know what you think.