Tower Tumble (Relax Gaming): Overview
Whether Tower Tumble is to be regarded as a sequel to Temple Tumble or a standalone game is up for debate. It's undoubtedly a unique title. This time, the developers have shunned the Megaways game engine that came with Temple Tumble in favour of a toned down Tumble Reels system instead. Along with new gameplay comes a complete break with the temple theme. Relax Gaming has chosen to take players to a make-believe land populated with enchanted princesses, towers, and crystals. Be warned - this is a cutesy slot set in a fantasy world that oozes pixie dust. Tower Tumble is also packed with features and reasonable payout potential, so let’s hold back on judgement until we’ve seen it all.
Graphically, Tower Tumble isn’t bad and uses cartoon imagery to create its fantasy world in the countryside. It's bright, cheerful, and has a modern look. The action takes place on a 6x6 grid and at the start of each new base game tumble, only some of the symbols are revealed. The ones we get sit in the middle of the grid in a 2-4-4-2 formation. Surrounding them are stone blockers that can be removed as well some locked book symbols - more on these shortly.
The symbols are all unique to the game and start with 4 coloured potions at the bottom end. The princess sits at the top along with the hero who is worth up to 30 times the stake. Tower Tumble also comes with wilds that can substitute for any of the regular pay symbols and payout up to 100 times the stake for six of a kind combination. There are three of them with slightly different background colours, but they all have the same function.
Winning combinations are made up of 3 - 6 symbols that can land either horizontally or vertically. Playable across all devices, wagers can be set from 10 c/p up to £/€100 per spin, and for that players get an acceptable RTP of 96.11% along with medium to high volatility. Like most slots with tumble style win systems, best payouts only usually happen when several combos cascade together on one spin. To help improve the winning possibilities, Tower Tumble comes with features that work in tandem to cause wins to snowball.
Tower Tumble (Relax Gaming): Features
The grid system with the Tumble Reels feature forms the basis for most of the extras to launch from, so let’s start there. Instead of spinning reels, symbols tumble down to fill in the game grid. Along with the revealed symbols and the blocker tiles are 1-5 specially marked Elemental tiles.
When a winning combo has formed, a couple of things happen. First, the winning symbols vanish off the screen and are replaced by fresh ones that tumble into the gaps and can trigger consecutive winners. Secondly, blocker tiles adjacent to the vanishing symbols are also removed which can reveal more standard pay symbols, wilds or unlock one of the Elemental tiles. When the tumbles come to an end and wins paid, then the unlocked Elemental tile is activated. This is what's on offer:
- Earth is the green book and removes 4-6 blocker tiles from the grid.
- Air is the purple book and creates a diagonal line of wilds starting from its position.
- Fire is the red book and changes a group of symbols into a common symbol.
- Water is the blue book and sprinkles 2-5 wilds on exposed spaces, but not over other wilds.
Should players be lucky enough to clear all of the blocked tiles on one spin, then they are awarded with Free Spins. The aim of the game is to climb as high as you can up the tower. It starts with the player choosing one of 3 modes which effects the volatility of the bonus game as in previous Temple Tumble slots:
- Extra Spins - Low volatility with 10 free spins and no multipliers.
- Added Multipliers and Extra Spins - Med/High volatility with 8 free spins and a multiplier that goes up by 1 on every second new level.
- Added Multipliers - High volatility with 5 free spins and a multiplier that goes up by 1 on every new level.
The bonus game starts at the base of the tower. Players are presented with a 4x4 grid of revealed symbols ringed by blocker tiles made from wood. With each win, blockers are removed, but they don’t reappear again on the next spin as they do in the base game. If they are all removed, then the player moves to the next level up the tower, and free spins are reset. Theoretically, players can smash their way through unlimited numbers of multipliers and levels. Technically they will end of course, but it’s a nice tagline.
Tower Tumble (Relax Gaming): Verdict
In some ways, it's nice to take a break from the darker, more serious slots that we have reviewed recently, but Tower Tumble isn’t exactly the most exciting game on the market. In fact, it gets pretty boring, quite quickly. The main event is the free spins with their 'unlimited' multiplier. Yet, reality often doesn’t live up to the hype. There can be a lot of dead to low value spins on your path to trigger the Tower Climb feature and the road to get there wasn't quite the experience we expected.
What makes it extra painful is that Tower Tumble isn’t really an improvement on Temple Tumble. Pay ways are less, the maximum potential of 5,150 times the stake is significantly lower, thrills are less. The only way Tower Tumble could possibly be a bigger draw is for players who go for this cutesy stuff. The way free spins are triggered by clearing the grid of blocked tiles isn’t super prevalent, but it's becoming more common. We saw it recently in NetEnt’s manic Reel Rush 2, and earlier this year with Thor’s Lightning to name two examples.
At the end of the day, Tower Tumble has a respectable top payout, but so do many other better games. If you like your games to be a bit more original in both looks and feel we suggest you try Snake Arena from the same provider.
Tower Tumble is a decent game, but it doesn’t exactly represent the state of the art in the cluster slot genre.