Hunting History with Tomb Raider

It’s hard to believe that Lara Croft has been crawling, swinging, jumping, diving and running her way through the world’s most dangerous archaeological digs for twenty years.

It was all the way back in 1993 that development on the original Tomb Raider game began. After three long years of development, Core Design released the very first game of the series for Play Station, Sega Saturn and PC. After the initial success and warm reception of their inaugural offering, Core released a sequel, Tomb Raider II just one year later.

Under enormous pressure, the game developer put out subsequent titles yearly until the sixth game, The Angel of Darkness, had a very lacklustre launch. Development was then shifted to Crystal Dynamics, who have acted as the Tomb Raider developer since then. The franchise has sold a staggering forty five million copies worldwide throughout their history, making it one of the most successful video game series in history! The most recent Tomb Raider release, Rise of the Tomb Raider by Square Enix, received very high reviews on gaming review sites and was said to be one of the best Tomb Raider entries to date.

Some fans of the series might recall the film adaptation of the franchise in two thousand and one which starred Angelina Jolie. This movie enjoyed enough commercial success that a sequel, Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life was released just two years later.

It was around the release of the movie that Microgaming released the slots game that fans of the series had been waiting for. Tomb Raider had finally hit the slot scene, and it was an instant hit. What’s more is this game is still an extremely popular game despite its age. Often coming in the top spots of Microgaming’s most beloved entries, Lara Croft has managed to capture the hearts of slot players everywhere. But what makes the relic hunting character so loveable and what can players expect from this classic? Let’s take a look!

Idols and Tigers                                                        

While Indiana Jones might be the original archaeologist with an attitude, Lara Croft will certainly give him a run for his money. The gun toting, temple navigating, tiger fighting heroine is every bit as crafty and arguably more daring.

The art style used in Tomb Raider is a cartoon style that is interspersed with iconography and graphical representations of Lara from the video game franchise. There are plenty of treasures and dangers that serve as reel symbols along with the more familiar Ace, King, Queen, Jack and ten card symbols that any slot veteran will be used to seeing.

With five reels and fifteen paylines, the layout of this slot is fairly common, but it’s a popular one for the software manufacturer. The standard betting options are presented below the reel and allow the player to adjust their lines and coins. There’s also an auto spin button if the player would rather leave the heavy lifting up to the machine.

Digging for Bonus Cash

If you’re into bonus games, Tomb Raider has you covered. In order to trigger the tomb bonus, simple land five, four or three of the golden idols bathed in the green light. But remember, they have to land on an active payline, so keep that in mind when placing your bets. You’ll then be transported to a screen where you’ll pick idols to reveal cash prizes.

Manage to land three of the Lara Croft symbols and you’ll be rewarded with ten free spins with a triple multiplier!

Are you ready to get your hands dirty? Embark on a temple-plundering, relic finding quest with Tomb Raider!