Tomb Raider Secret of the Sword (or Tomb Raider 2 as it’s also known) is a Microgaming powered slot – it’s the sequel to the original Tomb Raider slot and was released way back in 2008. It has 5 reels and 30 paylines where you can play from 30p to £60 a spin. It is based on Lara Croft who is played by Angelina Jolie in the blockbuster movies. Since May 2018, the game is available to play on tablet and smartphone devices.
Visually, the game takes inspiration from the film – as mentioned, it was released in 2008 so does look a little dated. Saying that, it has a certain charm to it. Symbols on the reels include A, K, Q, J and 10 playing cards as well as 5 Lara Croft symbols – the close up of her face is the wild symbol and offers 250 times your stake for getting 5 on a payline – it also substitutes for all symbols bar the 2 scatters.
There are some good features in this slot which made Tomb Raider Secret of the Sword a very popular game throughout the years. Firstly, let’s look at the Super Mode feature – this is randomly triggered and rewards you with 5 free spins. You will notice that multiple wild symbols appear on the reels which remain in place for the spins. These can dramatically improve your chances of winning something substantial.
Then there’s the Free Spins with Rolling Reels feature – you can activate this by getting 3, 4 or 5 Excalibur Key symbols. With 3, 20 or 100 times your stake awarded, you will be awarded with 10 free spins – once you get a winning combination, the winning symbols will explode and disappear. The reels will roll down with new symbols appearing in the spaces. The multiplier value increases after 2 or more consecutive winning free spins – up to 5x. The only downside is that you can retrigger more free spins.
Finally, we have the Global Adventure Bonus feature – you can trigger this by getting a Passport symbol on the centre position of a reel. You need to get this on all 5 reels so activated reels and held until the bonus feature is triggered (i.e. passport symbol in centre position across all 5 reels). In terms of the prize on offer, you can win up to 450 times your weighted average stake (you can have different bet sizes whilst finding the Passports).
You then need to select a location to begin your search for the Hidden Sword Fragments – the locations are London, Bolivia, Nepal, Ghana and Tokyo. You will then see Lara Croft swing across the reels to look for the fragments. Be wary of the booby traps as 2 of these will end the feature. If you manage to locate all the sword fragments, you will win a random cash prize.
Each location has 6 artefacts which are cash prizes, cash prizes with a Hidden Treasure, cash prize with a Sword Fragment or a booby trap. If you locate the Hidden Treasure, you can choose between a further cash prize, a 2x multiplier (for that location) or entry into the Shootout Bonus feature.
In this feature, you will see 15 discs that hide mystery values (displayed on the right-hand side). You can get a sword fragment here if Lara wins her duel against Amanda. The Shootout Bonus feature is an elimination game where you need to guess the disc with the highest value. Fun, entertaining and can be hugely fruitful!
Tomb Raider Secret of the Sword has a lot going on – this is great as the features have stood the test of time. The game does look a little dated compared to newer releases but it’s still widely played and well worth having a go. It’s a low variance title though with maximum wins of 1,411 times your stake on each free spin with a 5x multiplier. If you like the adventurer theme, NetEnt’s Lost Relics and Playtech’s Legend of the Jaguar are worth trying.