Lara Croft: Temples and Tombs is a video slot from Triple Edge Studios developed for Microgaming with 5 reels and 243 ways to win. Released in May 2019, this game can be played at online casinos such as PlayOjo, Rizk or Unibet.
Lara Craft is a well-known character. Featured as the adventurer heroine in a range of video games and movies, she also appeared in two video slots before, one released in 2004 and one in 2008. Neither game is available anymore and so it was about time that we get a new video slot.
And, in many ways, we get the Lara we know and love here. The scene is set in the ruins of an ancient Egyptian temple, where our heroine hunts for treasure. She appears four times on the reels, looking just like her original self, which also gives the game a slightly dated look, because Lara received several updates in recent years. Still, it makes the character recognisable.
The background sound is also adding to the atmosphere quite nicely. There’s tension, mystery and a touch of danger.
The simple portrait of Lara is the highest value symbol and pays out 10x our stake. Lara with a gun still pays out 5x our stake for 5 on a payline and the one that is jumping pays out 4x our stake for such a win. Lara on her motorcycle is worth 3.5x our stake.
Additionally, we get two gods on the reels and some of Lara’s equipment as the low-value symbols: a grappling hook, her shoulder bag, a torch and a flask.
The wild symbol looks like gold coin with a scarab on it. It’s also a collectible symbol, but more on that later.
Overall, we get a good-looking slot here that sounds really great. It has a somewhat dated feel to it and not the cutting-edge graphics we’ve seen in similar slots, but it’s an enjoyable experience regardless.
You can play this game from 0.20 to 20.00.
The mechanics in the base game are quite familiar. We get rolling reels here, meaning we get cascading wins, where winning combinations explode off the reels and make room for further symbols and hopefully more winning combinations from above. With each consecutive, the multiplier will increase as well. It starts at 1x and climbs to 2x, then 3x and finally 5x.
Additionally, this slot pays 243 ways, meaning any three matching symbols from left to right will yield a winning combination.
Three Lara Croft books anywhere on the reels will trigger the free spins. You’ll get 8 free spins and now the multipliers are increased to 3x, 6x, 9x and 15x. By the way, in a rare turn of events, a wild may substitute for a scatter in this game and thus we’ve seen the free spins activated with 1 scatter and 2 wilds. However, that doesn’t always happen. It’s quite random.
The game mechanics remain the same and that means you will keep getting free re-spins on consecutive wins and increasing multipliers. That usually means, you’ll play a few more than those 8 free spins you get. Also, you can re-trigger the free spins several times.
Finally, there are 3 local jackpots you can trigger. The wild in the game is a collectable symbol. Each and every wild will be added to a bowl at the top of the reels, which will keep filling up. However, don’t think once it is full that the jackpot bonus is automatically triggered. No, that’s still very random. It can happen when the bowl is half full and it can happen when it’s been bursting for a while.
A stone circle with three parts will show up and start spinning for the three wedges to align. Whichever wedge ends up in the right position to display in a complete colour, determines the jackpot you’ll receive. The Minor jackpot pays out 15x your stake. The Major jackpot pays out 100x your stake and the Grand jackpot pays out 5,000 your stake.
The theoretical RTP (Return to Player) of Lara Croft: Temples and Tombs is 96.05%. This is a very volatile slot, though consecutive wins and re-spins sometimes make it feel less volatile than it is. Still, be careful with your budget here.
The 243 ways to win means that most wins aren’t huge. However, that is balanced by the multiplier, which makes big wins entirely possible. We’ve had a lot of fun playing this game and played it for quite a while and repeatedly. It’s definitely possible to win over 200x your stake in the free spins, though the Grand jackpot promises up to 5,000 your bet, which is very decent. Most of the time, your wins won’t be big. And when you trigger the jackpot bonus, you’ll usually only get the Minor jackpot.
Lara Croft: Temples and Tombs is an entertaining game, as long as you remember that it exists. Considering that it was much anticipated and presents us with a well-loved character, the slot is somewhat forgettable, which is a bit of a shame.
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