Tomb Raider: Secret of the Sword Review
One of the most legendary and most revered names in the history of video gaming, Lara Croft, makes her triumphant return. While Lara’s no stranger to online slot games – she’s been in numerous incarnations before – what makes her appearance in Tomb Raider – Secret of the Sword unique is the abundance of special features and bonuses. In this yet another Microgaming release, free spins, juicy bonuses and gaming nostalgia galore!
The cultural phenomenon that is Lara Croft is still going strong, some 20 years since she was first unleashed upon the unsuspecting gaming public. The spiritual originator of multiple butt-kicking female characters that followed her footsteps, does a fine job in her new gaming role. Tomb Raider – Secret of the Sword (or simply Tomb Raider 2) is a five reel/30 payline slots game. Symbols of higher value are all portraits of Lara during her various daredevil stunts, while her close up is the wild. The soundtrack for the game is eerily true to the authentic feel and atmosphere of original Tomb Raider games, while graphics and slot layout are not over the top and are decent enough to evoke memories of the earlier installments of the franchise.
One could almost claim that this game is all about bonuses. A certain alien-like artifact with green elements serves as a scatter symbol and activates 10 free spins – if you manage to hit 3, 4 or 5 of them, that is. Upon hitting the winning combinations, the winning elements disintegrate and new ones take their place.
A definite bonus feature to end all bonus features, as far as this game is concerned, is the Global Adventure. This is where the game really takes off in a cosmopolitan way. Landing a passport symbol on a center reel (on each of the 5 center reel slots during a game) will grant you access to one of several locations: Ghana, Tokyo, Nepal, Bolivia and London. This is where you will search for the fragments of the Sword from the game title. Finding all fragments will win you a (very) random prize in money. But there’s a catch to make things extra spicy – you just may stumble upon a trap instead of a fragment, which will effectively end your bonus round. Also, more than worth mentioning is Super Mode in which you get five free spins with a tasty twist: frozen wild symbols, charmingly scattered across the reels. And finally, landing five Lara Croft wild symbols might win you a hefty 7500 coin jackpot!
A worthy successor of the Tomb Raider moniker, this follow up maintains the game’s crucial elements while adding some sexy bonus flair to it all. The graphics may leave a bit to be desired, but its mystique is almost unparalleled and the extra features round it all up rather nicely.