Tomb Raider – Secret of the Sword is the second Tomb Raider themed slot to hit MicroGaming casinos. It features 30 paylines, a wild symbol, free spins with “Rolling Reels”, a random “Super Mode”, and the “Global Adventure Bonus”.
Like many other slots, this second slot based on the Tomb Raider theme is better than the first. The first version, also available for play, has half the paylines and dated graphics but I still enjoy playing it from time to time. The bonus feature in Secret of the Sword is also much better than the first version, but it takes a while to finally trigger.
The Global Adventure Bonus is triggered by ‘activating’ all 5 reels. A reel is activated when the passport symbol lands on the middle of the reel. When the final reel is activated, you are taken to a screen showing a world map with destinations for you to pick. The goal is to find all the sword fragments to complete the adventure. Pick a destination to start your adventure wherever you wish. Each destination takes you to a screen with several choices, one has the sword fragment, others have cash prizes or they can be a trap. Keep choosing until you find the fragment to continue the adventure, or two Trap symbols that can end the bonus.
You can also find a Hidden Treasure in any of the destinations, where you select one of three extra choices that pop up after choosing that spot. You can be awarded more cash, a multiplier for that cash prize, everything hidden there, or the Shootout Bonus. In the Shootout Bonus you are taken to a screen with several discs hiding cash prizes. Shoot one to remove all other discs and reveal your prize.
If you’re lucky enough after finding two traps, you may be able to continue the adventure by winning a fight with an enemy. This encounter is randomly triggered, so you won’t have that chance every time. Personally, I find they give you this chance more often than not. Complete the Global Adventure Bonus by finding all the sword fragments, and win up to 450x your bet.
Free spins are triggered by three or more scatter symbols landing on the reels during a spin. You are awarded 10 free spins with a Rolling Reels feature. When symbols line up for a win, they are counted and then removed from the reels and the multiplier is increased by one. The remaining symbols then fall down to fill the spaces, and new symbols fall in. If another win is lined up, the process repeats with a maximum multiplier of x5 until the symbols no longer line up, and then the next spin is played. Free spins cannot be retriggered and the Global Adventure Bonus cannot be triggered during free spins.
Super Mode can be triggered randomly on any spin, except during free spins. This feature awards 5 free spins with Laura Croft randomly shooting symbols and making them wild. The wilds are then held until the completion of Super Mode.
I have always had decent luck playing this slot. The Global Adventure Bonus can be quite rewarding, I’ve won over $1000 on a $3 bet by completing the adventure, but I have also lost quickly without winning much. I didn’t take a screenshot of that big win, but see the screenshots below for paytable information, hopefully I can add a nice winning screenshot in the future.
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