Lost Relics 2 Slot Review 2023
Assemble, armchair adrenaline junkies – we’re stepping back in time to uncover yet more forgotten treasures left behind by one of antiquity’s eminent civilizations in NetEnt’s latest release, Lost Relics 2!
Slots with an archaeological flavour often transport us to the hallowed plains of Ancient Egypt or the exotic jungles of Central America to kick off our quest.
Though it’s not made explicit, it would appear NetEnt has sided with the latter to theme this release, plonking us amongst Mayan or Aztec ruins as evidenced by the abundant vegetation surrounding chunky stone blocks and distinct playing symbols. Need further proof? Cast your eyes to a sundial laid on a concrete floor – a device synonymous with ancient peoples of the Americas.
As the name would imply, Lost Relics 2 from industry stalwart NetEnt is no breakout release, coming five years after its predecessor first graced our screens.
Lost Relics would go on to become one of the developer’s most popular releases, so it was with a fair degree of anticipation that we loaded up Lost Relics 2. How does it shape up?
While most of the series’ gung-ho spirit has been kept alive, the lead female from Lost Relics the original has apparently gone AWOL – swapped out for a ruggedly handsome Indiana Jones doppelganger sporting chiseled cheekbones and designer stubble, packing classic explorer accouterments like guide book and torch to complete the look. It’s one we’ve seen time and time before, but still, NetEnt pulls it off with finesse.
Lost Relics 2 Base Game and Features
Highly volatile, the relic-hunting unfolds across a 6 by 6 gaming panel with a cluster pays engine powering the back-end. Bank a payout worth 0.1x to 50x when at least 5 matching symbols form clusters either vertically or horizontally, and keep an eye on the stone blocks situated underneath regular symbols which are central to a lot of the play.
Intricately carved playing card suits make up the low pays, followed by four masks depicted in various states of rage representing the premiums. Wilds are also on hand to perform their usual function of symbol replacement.
Features time, and Lost Relics 2 packs a bag of extras that would make the best-equipped conquistador blush.
One of three types of Treasure Chests – Silver, Gold, or Amethyst – may lie hidden beneath stone blocks, themselves sat under regular paying symbols at random.
For every winning cluster, the first layer comprising stone blocks is destroyed, potentially revealing Treasure Chests in part or in full. If the latter variant is shown, prizes are awarded before the blocks get reset.
In the Free Spins round, up to 4 chests may be revealed at a time under each symbol, with Chests awarding the following modifiers at random:
- Multiplier: Multipliers worth up to 7x are applied to any wins in view. These remain active throughout the entirety of Free Spins.
- Random Wilds: Anywhere up to 7 Random Wilds are added to the reels during the current spin, remaining sticky during the bonus round.
- Cash Prizes: Bank an instant cash prize maxing out at 250x your stake with this reward.
- Free Spins: Free Spins may be triggered randomly via the Hidden Chests feature according to the size of the Chest revealed.
- Level Up: The game panel can expand up to 10 reels, 10 rows high when a Level Up is triggered during Free Spins.
Lost Relics 2 Free Spins
Lost Relic 2’s centerpiece feature is activated in one of two ways – by Treasure Chest reveals or in the more traditional fashion – landing 3 base game Scatters at once.
In Free Spins it’s possible to supplement your starting haul of 10 spins via Treasure Chests, while Leve Ups enlarge the grid up to a max of 10×10 in size. At the same time, all Chests and symbols not yet revealed are reset.
Reach the final level and you’re guaranteed a top-tier Chest where all awards in the list are possible barring another Level Up, with no additional Chests possible for the remainder of the feature.
Lost Relics 2: Our Verdict
Slots borrowing inspiration from one centuries-old long-lost civilization or another while fronted by a dashing male protagonist are nothing new – far from it – but there’s enough variety in Lost Relics 2 to warrant another look for those whose ideas of fun involve jetting off to exotic climes lured by the promise of untold riches.
The notable absence of cascading reels from the first release is felt (as is the female explorer, depending on your persuasion), but offset to a large degree by the novel method of uncovering Treasure Chests – or Lost Relics – which naturally hold the game’s richest prizes. Various modifiers are on offer to further mix up the play in another departure from the prequel.
Tastefully produced, as you might expect from one of the industry’s more established outfits, Lost Relics 2 builds on the successful elements of its predecessor while paying out wins worth up to 21,248x the bet – a highly respectable figure which blows that of the previous out of the water and one which does little to dampen the game’s appeal.
To get close to that number you’ll want to initiate an interplay of features where the grid size stretches to its full 10×10 capacity while copious sticky wilds and sizable multipliers bring additional firepower.
In summation, Lost Relics is a weighty sequel that delivers a gripping archaeological adventure sure to satisfy fans of the original while attracting a potential new crowd keen on a virtual treasure hunt somewhere hot and sweaty.