This isn’t the first time that Lara Croft has featured in online slot games. In fact, way back in 2004, Microgaming released its first Tomb Raider slot.
Their new offering, Lara Croft: Temples and Tombs offers a much more cohesive game with significantly improved graphics, without losing any of the charm and excitement that this retro theme brings.
Lara Croft: Temples and Tombs offers a respectable 96.05% return to player (RTP) rate – pretty much in line with the industry standard. However, one thing that sets it apart is the high volatility embedded into the gameplay. This means that there is a higher level of risk and reward than many other online slots, perfect for players who are looking for a bigger thrill from their gameplay.
There are three jackpots on offer in the game – Minor, Major and Grand. They are fixed (which means that they aren’t progressive) and are triggered at random. The Minor jackpot will grant you 15X your stake, Major brings back 100X the stake, and the Grand is an impressive 5000X your stake.
As well as this, there are lots of other chances to win; in fact, a total of 243 different combinations of symbols can trigger a prize on each spin. You can place stakes of anywhere between 10p and $/€/£100.
The rolling wheel function in Temples and Tombs means that symbols drop from the top of the screen. Each time a win is recorded (for example by matching five symbols of Lara’s face, for a nice little 50X payout) – the symbols that triggered your win are removed from the screen. When they are replaced, there is a chance to win even bigger prizes, with a multiplier factor kicking in each time a new win lands through this mechanism. This can keep going up to a five times multiplier, which means that if the odds are in your favour, you can rack up some seriously big wins.
There’s also a traditional wild card symbol, and in Temples and Tombs, this is represented by a golden scarab beetle icon engraved on a coin. This wild can take the place of any symbol on the screen, apart from the scatter. Instead, the scatter will help trigger a free spin mechanism.
The Book of Secrets symbols offers the key to unlocking free spins in this game. Once you see three or more of this scatter symbol appear on the screen, you will receive anywhere between 8 and 32 free spins. You’ll also start off with a 3X multiplier, which goes up each time you win – up to an impressive 15X multiplier.
There are some nice special features in this game, such as free spins and multipliers. Coupled with the high volatility, it can make for some impressive wins. The high risk, high reward aspect is not for everyone – casual/occasional slot players may find that they don’t enjoy the riskier aspects which means they are unlikely to see the fairly regular small payouts associated with some other slots. Nevertheless, it’s a great choice for enthusiastic players.