Lara Croft is no stranger to slots games. The video game heroine has gone on to be incredibly successful worldwide, following on from the popularity of the original Playstation titles and subsequent blockbuster film adaptations. While today there are several slots with Lara Croft and Tomb Raider as their central theme, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider from Microgaming is where it all began.
For starters, this is a game that has an RTP set at 96.56%, above the threshold of what I’d usually consider to be a high paying slot. That means the house edge is pretty slim, which is good news for your bankroll.
There are 15 paylines across the 5 reels that make up this game, giving you multiple ways to win with every spin. You can play between 1 and 5 coins per line, with coin values ranging from £0.05 to £2, depending on your preferences.
While the in-game jackpot is 7500 coins – not as big as with some other games – the payout percentage means you’ll find yourself winning smaller amounts more regularly than in some other, similar slots.
Unlike its successor, Secrets of the Sword, this is a simple game with limited bonus potential. However, the bonuses that are there aren’t as gimmicky as in some other games, and I’ve found them to be decent payers from time to time. It all depends on your luck of course, but remember – the high payout percentage means you’re not going to be left too short long-term, even if you don’t come across any big wins.
The reels are dominated by Lara Croft in various action poses, as well as things like tigers, idols, and other symbols you’ll likely recognise from the game series. The high cards do look a bit out of place to me, but they’ve tried their best to incorporate them into the game seamlessly.
Aside from those symbols, there are a few special symbols you’ll want to watch out for as you’re spinning, on your way to landing a jackpot win.
Tomb Raider: The Tomb Raider logo is the wild symbol, so you’ll ideally want to see as many of these popping up on your reels as you can. This helps you complete missing paylines, with anything running through a wild paying as if it was the missing symbol.
Lara Croft: The icon that represents Lara Croft herself is the game’s main scatter symbol, and when you find 3 or more of these on your reels, you’re instantly rewarded with 10 free spins. To make things even juicier, these free spins come with a 3x multiplier, and you can retrigger free spins at any point in the free round by lining up another 3 or more Lara Croft symbols. I’ve found the free spins to regularly retrigger, so they can be a great way to start winning decent money.
Idol: If you think back to the video game, you’ll remember just how important the Idols can be. This is no different in the slots version, and three or more of these will trigger the game’s main bonus feature. This is a pick-style bonus round, where you get to choose from the 12 idols presented on screen – behind each, there’s a prize, with values determined by the number of bonus symbols triggering the round, from three to five respectively.
Bonuses & Jackpots
Lining up 5 of the Lara Croft wild symbols wins you a 7500x return, the biggest jackpot in the game. This isn’t easily done, and I’ve yet to hit the jackpot myself, but those that do will no doubt be laughing all the way to the bank.
The idols can pay up to 2500x for a winning line – again, a much better win than that you might expect from lining up 5 of the regular pay symbols. Overall, the paytable is reasonably generous, and just about enough to keep you interested in what you might win. There’s no progressive jackpot to speak of, but there are both multiplayer and mobile versions of this slot available, if you want to shake things up a bit.
For me, there are games out there with bigger jackpots and better bonuses. But at the same time, I enjoy the simplicity of this game, the frequency of wins, and just spinning in a familiar setting that reminds me of playing Tomb Raider the video game for the very first time.
As a hardcore Tomb Raider fan once upon a time, I’m probably a little biased with this slot. While the graphics aren’t as slick as you’d find on other popular slots, or indeed on some of the newer generation of Microgaming games, there’s enough here to keep me coming back for more.
The Tomb Raider theme is consistent, and makes you feel like you’re playing the original, whether you’re winning or losing. The free spins and the Tomb bonus round add to the excitement, as well as bumping up your winnings potential, even if they’re not the biggest bonuses you’ll ever come across.
This is a simple game, but it’s surprisingly moreish. The jackpot is lower than other comparable slots, but the high payout percentage means you won’t be too bothered once the wins start racking up.
In all, this is a game I find myself playing regularly, and one I feel happy to recommend to anyone looking for a new slots challenge, or a hark back to video games gone by.
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