Lost in the Jungle
Totem Tumble will take you at the heart of the ancient Aztec civilisation, in a city of pyramids in the middle of the jungle. All the gold that you can think of is just within your reach, but you will have to solve the riddle of the Aztec priest first to gain access.
As always with Nucleus Gaming slots, Totem Tumble was designed in full 3D with animated characters and a very detailed background. From the jungle to the pyramids, the clouds in the sky and the priest himself, the game screen is full of colours and textures, with a bit of humour on top. As far as first impressions go, Totem Tumble is doing a great job.
Find Your Way Inside the Pyramid
When you look at the gameplay itself, you will see that Totem Tumble follows some classic rules but still manages to give players enough space to customise their settings freely. The game is based on 5 reels and 25 fixed paylines, with a betting range from 0.50 to 125 credits per turn available. You can adjust your wager and its value in actual money thanks to the simple command bar under the reels, which also contains the bet max and autoplay shortcuts than most, if not all, players know already.
As for the paytable, Totem Tumble stays in characters and contains only perfectly square Aztec stone totems shaped like jaguars, parrots and other mysterious creatures. The top prize here is the equivalent of 2,500 times the value of your current line bet, which is going to be one of the best arguments in favour of Totem Tumble. The game also benefits from an average variance, which translates into even chances to win any kind of prize every time you spin the reels. Totem Tumble is all about luck, patience and a careful use of the bonus features.
Explosions and Big Wins
Totem Tumble is based on chain reactions of wins, which means that each combination of identical symbols delivers a cash prize and simply explodes, leaving a blank space to be filled by new symbols. This can go on for as long as you keep scoring wins, and each step increases the current win multiplier – up to x5.
The stone masks are scatters than can appear on the 3 first reels only. Finding 3 of them at the same time unlocks the free spin mode, which will last until your luck runs out. Chain win multipliers can go up to x15 during the free spin mode, which can boost your rewards considerably. Finally, the golden totem is a wild that only shows up on the central reels. It has the power to replace the other symbols at will, making it more likely to start or continue a winning chain reaction in Totem Tumble.
Keep on Exploring
This isn’t the first time that a slot game developer is taking players on a trip to discover the lost civilisations of the South American continent. Aztec Empire from Playson, for example, offers a similar atmosphere as Totem Tumble but with only 21 paylines and some more challenging gameplay features as well.
Totem Quest by Gamesys leans more towards the fantasy side of the spectrum, despite a similar title. The game has a similar gameplay as Totem Tumble, but fewer multipliers to enjoy.
Impressive Rewards Available at Any Time
Totem Tumble is full of explosive surprises, including some very impressive rewards going over the x12,500 mark when you factor in the different win multipliers available during the game.
Challenging at times, Totem Tumble is a great example of what a good modern slot game can be. Leave it to Nucleus Gaming to design a memorable slot, as always.