Lara Croft Tomb Raider had been a very popular video game since 1996, released by a company then known as Eidos Interactive. In 2004 Microgaming entered into a licensing agreement with Eidos and the first Lara Croft video pokie was launched. In 2008 a sequel titled Secret of the Sword went live at New Zealand online casinos. The third pokie in the series, Temples and Tombs, took 11 years in the coming, but was worth the wait.
Microgaming developed Temples and Tombs through its exclusive Triple Edge Studios and has amalgamated a number of features that have been extremely successful in earlier pokie games. These are described later in the review. The ambience created by the audio-visual special effects provides an immersive experience that will hold you entranced. We have played this game on smartphones as well and you get as good a feel as playing on desktops.
Lara Croft Temples and Tombs has the All Ways structure with 5 reels and 3 rows. This gives you 243 ways to win and payouts will be more frequent. The total bet per spin can be varied from 0.20 credits to 100 credits covering both low rollers and high rollers. You can click on the bet you want from the more than 40 options offered in the Bet Box.
Three or more like symbols appearing on any reel positions aligned from left to right starting from the first reel result in wins. The payout table directly displays the actual win amounts for the selected bet. As you change the bet the displayed payouts will change in proportion. To give you an indication, the maximum payout is 10 times the total bet for landing five Lara Croft close-up symbols. The lowest payout is 0.15 times the total bet for three water flask symbols.
On first appearance, these seem to be on the lower side but can get considerably enhanced through the Rolling Reels with Multiplier Trail mechanism. The RTP has been given as 96.05%.
In this online pokie, Lara Croft explores the temples and tombs of ancient Egypt. All the symbols used have a thematic base, which enhances brand value. The high paying symbols depict Lara Croft in various avatars. She is pointing a gun in one and on a motor bike in another. The styling has been kept very similar to the earlier Lara Croft pokies to foster continuity. The ancient Egypt connection is established through Sebek the Crocodile God and Anubis the Wolf God.
The low paying symbols are items Lara would carry on her expeditions like grappling hook, kitbag, flare and water flask. The golden scarab is the wild symbol that appears only on reels 2, 3 and 4. Lara’s personal diary is the free spins scatter symbol.
There are no win animations as you would expect in an action branded pokie. However, the audio and visual effects outside the reels are amazing. In the base game the reels are set in a breach in the outer wall of the temple tomb through which Lara gains entry. As the symbols drop from the top, you can see the inner gates and the rubble tumbling down. The haunting dirge music in the background adds to the experience. Look out for Lara’s comments at the wins on the reels. The free spins trigger shows Lara enter the inner chamber where the treasures lie.
As in all online pokies, the bonus features play out by themselves and you need not really know the nitty-gritty involved. However, we like our readers to be informed because that helps them make the correct game selections.
Every spin, wilds are collected and stored in a basket throughout the Rolling Reels play. Once the Rolling Reels feature is complete for that spin the Jackpot feature has a chance to trigger. The more wild symbols that you collect, the greater is the chance of winning the jackpot. When the feature is triggered you will be randomly awarded one of three jackpots.
· Grand: 5000x the total bet
· Major: 100x the total bet
· Minor: 15x the total bet
The winning symbols after any spin are removed and new ones fall from above to fill in the gaps. If new wins are formed then the process will repeat. You do not have to pay additional bets for each roll, they are all part of the same spin.
The Rolling Reels feature comes with a Multiplier Trail. The payout multiplier increases with each successive roll. The base game multipliers are as follows:
· Initial land: x1
· 1st roll: x2
· 2nd roll: x3
· 3rd+ roll: x5
Three free spin scatter symbols trigger the feature. Each triggering way awards 8 free spins. Wild symbols contribute to free spin triggers. The feature can be retriggered. The free spins have an enhanced multiplier trail.
· Initial land: x3
· 1st roll: x6
· 2nd roll: x9
· 3rd+ roll: x15
You can play Lara Croft Temples and Tombs online pokie on auto spin by picking from 10, 25, 50 and 100 auto spins. With the auto spins active, you will not have to click the Start button after every spin. If you want to stop the auto spins before they are completed, you can always do so.
If you want to increase the speed of the game play then click the Lightning icon in the toolbar.
Lara Croft Temples and Tombs online pokie does not offer a doubling option after each win. Since there are other attractive features in the online pokie, players will not miss this option.
Lara Croft Temples and Tombs is a must play online pokie because first of all it comes with an elite pedigree. We rate the volatility to be low to medium because of the All Ways and Rolling Reels features, which make Temples and Tombs a perfect choice for conservative New Zealand online casino players.
We also recommend the other two Lara Croft online pokies. In particular, Secret of the Sword has some interesting thematic bonus features.
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