When it comes to the pokies, the Tomb Raider poker Machine has to be considered one of the best. It has been around since 1996. It is only fitting that Microgaming came up with a sequel to the original machine. Tomb Raider 2 has managed to capture all of the great things about the original and improve upon them. The queen of the game is Lara Croft who first came to prominence in the 1996 video game Tomb Raider as a Brit archeologist with sizeable assets who spends her time raiding tombs in search of sizeable assets. She eventually starred in several video game sequels and two movies released in 2001 and 2003. Both films starred Angelia Jolie and were universally panned. Lara made it as a Microgaming-powered online pokies in 2004, and returns in this 5 reel, 30 max pay line pokies ‘Secret of the Sword’ four years later.
Tomb Raider 2 offers many of the symbols that people would expect including Lara Croft. Other symbols include the A through 10 symbols that are a fixture of good pokie machines, the Tomb Raider logo, the footprint that is the scatter symbol, forest, road sign and tourist.
The Tomb Raider 2 pokie is a 5 reel, 30 pay line machine. It offers free spins and a bonus game. The free spins are triggered by three or more of the scatter symbols appearing on any of the reels. The scatter symbols also trigger a multiplier that can range from 2x to 100x.
There is also a gamble feature for Tomb Raider 2. If players choose the right color card that is randomly drawn by the game, they will double their winnings.
A bonus game is triggered when the wild symbol appears on the second, third and fourth reel during a spin. In this game players will get to choose 3 eyes from the 5 eyes displayed to win various rewards.
Features of the game
A close-up image of Lara Croft is the Wild icon that could take the place of regular symbols as means to complete a payline win. The Lara Croft Wild transforms into a Tomb Raider II Logo, to potentially complete payline wins. The Wild Symbol can also create a payline combo starting with two symbols. It awards five coins at the least, and up to as many as 7,500 coins for a set of five Lara Croft Wilds forming a full payline win.
Sub-captioned as “Secret of the Sword,” this Tomb Raider pokies features an Excalibur Key as Scatter Symbol. You must aim to land on at least three Excalibur Keys, being the Scatter Symbol combo that activates a set of Free-Spins Round with great pay-boosting elements.
The Tumbling Reels game feature comes into play in the bonus game, whenever a free spin produces a payline win. The winning symbols tend to shatter and disappear, subsequently creating gaps to where the rest of the icons drop into place.
Hopefully, the new icon positions form more payline wins. This is because the Tumbling Reels feature remains active for as long as consecutive wins occur. Value multipliers starting with 2x, increase in every succeeding win occurrence until it reaches the max 5x value multiplier. However, if the reel tumbling or dropping action does not result to a win, the feature is temporarily disabled until the next free-spins payline win occurs.
In addition to the Tumbling Reels bonus wins, the Excalibur Scatter icon awards Scatter Pays, for every two or more of such symbols landing on any position after a spin.
Super Bonus mode another reward-giving round but is randomly activated during the base game. Five free spins will be awarded to a “Super Mode” player. During the free spin motions, Wild Symbols with varying Value Multipliers appear at random, and stays fixated on the same position during the free round. It is possible therefore for a “Super Mode Reel” to have multiple Wild Multiplier Symbols in play, during the bet-free spins.
Global Adventure bonus game
This free-spin segment is activated by the Passport Symbol, which appears only on the center row of the reels. Each center-row Passport icon that comes into view gradually sets off the “Global Adventure (GA)” Bonus Game. In a continuous base game play, and independent of the Free Spins Bonus Round, the separate appearances of a Passport Symbol in the center row of all five reels, sets off the GA Bonus Game.
The GA bonus feature comprises different virtual key global locations presented as free interactive game choices to the GA player. Rewards in the form of random bonus multipliers, hidden coin treasures, and fragments of the Excalibur Sword with corresponding bonus amounts are available as extra prizes. According to the Tomb Raider II game info, up to 135,000 coins are available as extra winnings in a single GA Bonus round. Still, the game could end abruptly, as one of the icons offered as “Click Me” choice is a game-stopper symbol.
Betting and Payouts
The maximum bet for the pokie is 25 coins. It accepts coins from $.01 to $5. The biggest jackpot is 5,000 coins. The game may not pay the biggest jackpots, but it is still worth playing thanks to the great graphics and theme.
Payouts commence at 5x your stake-per-line for three tens or jacks, up to a treasured 7,500x for five of a Lara selfie.
That Lara selfie is also the wild symbol in this game. She subs for all other symbols aside from the free spins and ‘Global Adventure’ symbols.
Landing three, four or five free spins symbols anywhere on the reels awards you a cash prize and free spins with the ‘rolling reels’ feature. During free spins all winning symbols on any spin vamoosh and new ones drop down to replace them. Each successive rolling reel win is subject to a multiplier that increases in value with each win up to a maximum of 5x.
During play ‘Super Mode’ is triggered randomly, and awards you five free spins. When you’re enjoying your freebies, random sticky wilds can appear.
While you are playing, if a passport symbol lands in the central position on any reel then that reel becomes activated. Activate all five reels and you are through to the ‘Global Adventure Bonus’ game. Here you search various locations world-wide for pieces of a mysterious sword. Find all five and untold riches will be yours. Watch out for booby traps though – stumble into two of them and your adventure ends.