Lara Croft and the Undiscovered Slot Machines

Tomb Raider

Lara Croft is easily one of the most recognisable characters in video gaming history. Having had outings on consoles dating back to the original PlayStation, there are still new Tomb Raider games being produced today, and she has even made the jump to the big screen with a number of outings on the silver screen as well. It is only natural that such a hot property should make the jump to a slot machine and is here to take you through it.

The popularity of Lara Croft and Tomb Raider cannot be understated. She has become a cultural phenomenon, with her no-nonsense attitude and gritty take on action. All men want her, and all women want to be her. She is basically a female Indiana Jones, but with slightly fewer scruples. She has inspired movies and memes alike. Always able to find brand new gun parts in an ancient tomb that has been undisturbed for years, which lets her take care of all the nasties she bumps into on the way while escaping with the treasure.

For once, PS Vita owners haven’t been left out either. While we don’t have a AAA Tomb Raider game for the console, there are no fewer than EIGHT games in the franchise available for the handheld! No fewer than 5 of the original PlayStation titles are available to download from the PlayStation Store to run on both the PS Vita and PSP. A further two PSP titles are available in the shape of Tomb Raider: Legend and Tomb Raider: Anniversary. And if that wasn’t enough, we have the native PS Vita puzzle title, Lara Croft: GO! The only franchise better represented on the Vita is Final Fantasy with over a dozen games!

As a leap to a slot machine, she is an easily recognisable figure, and as such has spawned more than one such implementation on slots. We take a look at one such implementation. This being called simply Lara Croft Tomb Raider.

It is a video slot machine that features five reels, and 15 pay lines as well as lots of Tomb Raidery goodness. In particular, there are three symbols that you need to keep an eye on: the game logo, Lara herself and a Golden Idol. The game logo acts as the slot machines wild card, capable of replacing any other symbol on the reel and as such the key to big wins. Lara acts as the games scatter symbol and three of these landing on any win line will start the free spins feature, which normally triggers ten free spins to the player and the chance of big winnings.

The Golden Idol symbols are a little different, landing three, four or five of these symbols on a win line, will allow players to ‘Enter the Tomb’ once inside you will have your choice amongst a number of different golden idols each of which hides a potential prize in the form of a payout. You must choose but choose wisely.

This slot comes in as a mid-tier limit slot machine with minimum stakes at around the 7.50 mark, with the maximum being 37.50 when the maximum of five coins is applied across all of the pay lines. All of your wins are multiplied by your stake across the win lines, with the exception of the scatter wins which are calculated separately.

This is a good slot to cut your teeth on, though it does have some dry spells at times. It is simplistic in style, and that will appeal to new players, but veterans may want to opt for something a little more complex. That being said, the payouts on offer could mean that you win big.

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