Thunderkick’s Turning Totems slot whisks you to the dusty plains of the Wild West lands- a game themed on Native American totem poles.
This is a fine looking slot machine with some traditional features to keep you entertained. It’s as easy on the eye as Finn and the Swirly Spin and that’s saying something.
The Low Down
Turning Totems is a 5 reel and 3 row (or 5 pole and 3 head) online and mobile slot with 11 pay-lines from Thunderkick. Instead of reels, you will be spinning totem poles. The maximum jackpot on this low to medium variance game is 999x your stake. The RTP is 96.1% and features include a Bonus Game, Expanding Wilds, Re-spins, Free Spins, and standard Wilds.
Thunderkick launched this native Indian themed game in November 2016. As with most Thunderkick games, its a real looker.
Pros and Cons
An attractive, innovative game
Pays both ways, left to right and right to left
Thunder Reels where all Sleeping Wilds on that reel become Wild
Modest Top Jackpot
Look and Feel
The setting is an animated version of the great Wild West, with the reels, or totems rather, fixed between rocky outcrops. The graphics on this game are a big step up from more traditional games like the Redroo slot and Tomb Raider. It’s slick!
A Native American Indian watches the game play surrounded by cacti and the skulls of desiccated cows. It’s hot and dry out there, make sure you have some water with you.
In the centre of the screen are five free standing totem poles. These traditional Native American carvings are decorated with the heads of gods and other characters from ancient stories.
The five poles each represent a slot reel. Instead of spinning reels, these totems are made up of three heads (rows in a usual slot game) which spin sideways on a vertical axis rather than up and down as in more traditional games like the Bounty Hunt slot machine. On top of each totem pole is a carved bird.
The soundtrack to play is the chilled musical sounds of the desert with a few rattlesnake hisses thrown in for good measure. It’s very nicely done.
Turning Totems Game Play
This 3 row, 5 reels and 11 pay-lines slot pays right to left, AND left to right for more ways to make winning combos.
The high value icons are the different wooden faces carved onto the totem poles in the traditional style.
There is a yellow face sticking its tongue out, a red face with big eyes, a pink face with gappy teeth, a green and yellow face with round cheeks, and a blue face with pouty lips.
There’s also an icon called a Thunder Snake: watch out for this as it’s key to the bonus feature.
When this pops up, a snaky character appears on the reels at random and turns the pole into a Thunder Reel for the duration of that spin.
This magic is underway when the bird on top of the totem flies off the pole turning the totem pole sparkly.
The game’s Wild is pretty special and is represented by the face of a sleeping bird- a sleeping Wild. This all changes when the icon ends up on a totem pole where a Thunder Snake symbol appears.
When the sleeping Wild finds itself on a reel with a Thunder Snake, the dozing Wild wakes up and acts as a standard Wild but also awards an all-important free spin.
Free Spins Bonus
The bonus game is triggered by getting three of the totem poles to turn into sparkly Thunder Reels at the same time. Once you’re in this mode you get five free spins – that’s more like it!
Flick on the Auto play function to let those crazy totem poles turn themselves (not available in the UK). Simply pick how many spins you want to watch roll by in this mode, with the button at the bottom right of the screen.
Once again Thunderkick have come up with the goods. The Turning Totems slot is a slick looking, super fun slot game that’s a bit different.
This game’s colourful graphics and buzzy vibe makes for an entertaining slot.
Bonus, Expanding Wilds, Re-spins, Free Spins, Wilds
Wild West, Native Indian, Desert, Totems
How do you trigger the Free Spins in Turning Totems?
The Bonus sets off if you land 3 or more active Thunder Reels – you will get five free spins. All Thunder Reels remain active through the feature ends, so you will get frozen wilds on 3+ reels.
How do the Sleeping Wilds work?
The Thunder Snake symbol will turn the reel it lands on into a Thunder Reel. All Sleeping Wilds then become active. You get a free re-spin unless you set off the Bonus feature.