Temple of Torment: Slot Overview
When it comes to picking a belief system, how many would choose one which takes place in a house of worship called the Temple of Torment? Probably not a whole lot, yet for an online slot, Temple of Torment, from developer Hacksaw Gaming, makes for a pretty cool name. It's an Ancient Egyptian-themed slot starring the two gods Ra and Anubis, who square off against each other in a 'divine clash' while both offering their own bonus round to trigger or buy your way into.
In a confusing twist, Temple of Torment doesn't actually spend its time inside a temple. Instead, the gaming occurs out of doors, on the side of a mountain or somewhere like that, in a place where rocks appear to defy the laws of gravity by floating in mid-air. A fantastical spot in which Ra, the sun god, hovers beside the grid on the left, squaring off against Anubis, the guide of the underworld (amongst other things), in the bottom right. Whatever might be bothering the two divinities is never made clear, and a quick internet search didn't really clear up whether the two divinities fought with each other either. Sorry.
No matter, the characters and their beef make for some sweet visuals and tie neatly into some of Temple of Torment's features, so let's roll with it. The first thing to do is pick a stake of 10 p/ to $/€100 and decide how to take on the game – naturally or via 1 of the 4 options from the feature buy menu. The regular way has an RTP of 96.22% and is built around a medium volatile math model. It is played on a heavy stone game grid, 5x4 in dimension and possessing 14 paylines.
Ten regular paying symbols land in the game. The lower value lot are 10 to A card symbols awarding 5 to 10 times the bet for 5-of-a-kind, while the higher value lot are 3 symbols of Ancient Egypt, then Anubis, and Ra, worth 15 to 30 times the bet for 5. Wilds dish out 40 times the stake for a line of 5 of them, and they can also be used to substitute any regular pay symbol.
Temple of Torment: Slot Features
Amongst Temple of Torment's features, things to look out for are Wild Golden Scarab symbols, wild multipliers, Anguish of Anubis Bonus Game, Reign of Ra Bonus Game, and the bonus buy.
Wild Golden Scarab Symbols
When Wild Golden Scarab symbols hit, they expand up or down if at least one expanded symbol would be part of at least one winning combination. If it is possible to create a winning combination by expanding in a certain direction, they will expand in that direction. Expanded Wild Golden Scarabs count as wild in each position they expand over. All in view expand in the same direction to the edge of the grid. Only one can land on a reel at a time. If a Golden Scarab expands through a wild symbol, the wild gets a multiplier value of x2 to x200. If a winning combination has more than one wild multiplier in it, the multiplier values are added before being applied.
Anguish of Anubis Bonus Game
Landing 3, 4, or 5 Anubis FS symbols awards 10, 12, or 14 free spins, respectively. During this feature, there is a better chance of landing wilds and Golden Scarab symbols than in the base game. All wild symbols that hit stay locked in their position until the round ends. Landing 2 or 3 Anubis FS symbols awards 2 or 4 extra free spins, respectively.
Reign of Ra Bonus Game
Getting 3, 4, or 5 Ra FS scatters in view awards 10, 12, or 14 free spins, respectively. During this feature, all activated wild symbols add their multiplier to a total multiplier displayed above the reel. When a wild's multiplier is added, the total multiplier is activated and applies to all wins on the current spin. Landing 2 Ra FS scatters rewards an extra 2 free spins, 3 Ra scatters gets you 4 free spins more.
Opening up the feature buy menu by clicking the button presents players with these 4 options:
- BonusHunt FeatureSpins – each spin costs 3x the bet and is 5 times more likely to trigger a bonus game. Highly volatile with a maximum RTP of 96.44%.
- Scarab FeatureSpins – each spin costs 50x the bet and guarantees at least 3 Golden Scarabs land. Highly volatile with a maximum RTP of 96.25%.
- Anguish of Anubis – 100x the bet. Highly volatile with a maximum RTP of 96.33%.
- Reign of Ra – 200x the bet. Medium volatile with a maximum RTP of 96.30%.
Temple of Torment: Slot Verdict
It seems Hacksaw Gaming has been on a bit of an expanding wild symbol feature binge of late. Iterations of the idea popped up around the time of this review in games like Stormforged and Cursed Seas, and the studio has made use of multipliers in one form or another pretty much from the get-go. The team has also shown a willingness to dabble in mythology, Ancient Egyptian mythology in particular, oftentimes to great effect. See Hand of Anubis for one memorable example. The studio has, in other words, a ton of experience making slots like Temple of Torment, and it shows. The game looks great, has an inviting atmosphere, and rounds the sensory part off with a set of clever features.
To be sure, the features aren't super eye-popping since we've seen versions of them in previous games, like the ones mentioned above. Not taking anything away from their effectiveness, though, so for a potentially thrilling delivery of expanding wilds, multiplier wilds, and in one of the bonus rounds, sticky wilds, Temple of Torment's got all of that. On an anecdotal level, Temple of Torment felt more balanced than they can be from Hacksaw Gaming. This could be a product of the medium volatile math model, perhaps because the test run had more of a see-sawing back-and-forth momentum than they sometimes do from this studio, rather than get battered around for a bit until maybe, just maybe, a big ol' win creeps along out of nowhere. Of course, others' results may vary IRL.
Temple of Torment can dish out its share of big ol' wins, as evidenced by the game's 10,000x the bet win cap (1 in 16.5m max win probability). All in all, can't say Temple of Torment was one of those Hacksaw Gaming slots that shocked us with explosive innovation at every point, but it's tough to fault as well and should go down well with Hacksaw Gaming's fanbase.
It’s not as innovative as Hacksaw slots can be, and some might even consider it somewhat of a shelf filler, but Temple of Torment is nevertheless the sort of solid release that should please the fanbase.