The Tomb Raider franchise is hardly one that needs introducing, having made several hugely successful outings over the years. Starting with the 1996 PlayStation game Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, going through a series of movies starring Angelina Jolie and Alicia Vikander and spawning a more recent critically acclaimed reboot, there’s enough content out there to capture fans of all ages.
Will this game get the gold, or end up as Tiger food? Let’s find out.
Industry giants Microgaming already have a strong roster of movie and video game tie-ins behind them, so it’s practically a speciality of theirs, and Tomb Raider is no different. Everything from the fonts to the graphics and the imagery is extremely evocative of the original PlayStation game, including the symbols, which feature classic items from the games such as the tiger, the idols, fiendish puzzles and Lara Croft herself. This game is one of those slots games in which the big money is to be won on the bonus rounds, so you’ll find there’s not much action in the regular game, which is why it’s good that there are several ways to get at those bonuses.
It’s a standard 3 rows, 5 reels slot, with the minor symbols being represented by the symbols J to A in the iconic Tomb Raider font. That’s about it for the mundane symbols, which is a shame, but it gets more exciting when you reach the higher value symbols: Five tigers nets you 250x your stake, while five crouching Laras or 5 puzzles nets you 500x your stake. Despite the lack of visual flair, there’s a lot of excitement to be had in the betting, which allows you to stake from 0.75 to 375 credits per line, resulting in a potential top prize of 336,000 times your original stake and an RTP that’s a generous 97%.
The Tomb Raider slots game has three bonus symbols to watch out for, so it’s good to keep your eyes peeled to see how you’re doing. The first is the Tomb Raider wild, which is simply the game’s logo, and replaces all symbols except the scatters and doubles your winnings. Simple, but lucrative. Next up, the scatter, which is a different version of the Lara Croft symbol featuring her iconic pistols. Every time you land this, you’ll get a multiplier bonus of however many scatters you land, plus with three or more you also get ten free spins. Finally, the golden idol symbol. Land three or more of these on a line and you enter the tomb! Inside are a dozen golden idols, and a chance to pick three of them. Underneath is either a cash prize or nothing at all, so choose wisely!
This slots version harks back to the original PlayStation game with its visuals and graphics, which will appeal to nostalgia fans but may turn off fans of the newer titles with their more modern sensibilities.