Turning Totems Slot RTP and Review (Thunderkick)

A stunning 5-reel slot with two way wins, a 96.2% RTP, low to medium variance and a Native American Theme. Watch out for the Thunder Snake symbol that awakens sleeping wilds and gives you re-spins, plus a bonus round with five free spins. Win up to 999x!

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Slot Game Profile
Release Date: 2016
Studio: Thunderkick
Game Type: Video Slot
RTP: 96.1%
Variance: Low
Reels: 5
Paylines: 11
Stake Range: 10p to £100
Game Features: Sleeping Wilds, Waking Wilds, Thunder Snake, Thunder Reels, Free Spins, Re-Spins


Thunder Snake
Thunder Snake!

Turning Totems from Thunderkick was released in 2016. It features some incredible artwork and slick animations, including the Turning Totems themselves, plus flashes of lightening and rainstorms in the bonus round.

There is plenty to enjoy here, and the pace is pretty good, with fairly regular wins in the base game. The exciting stuff happens when you land a Thunder Snake symbol, which turns its reel into a Thunder Reel. Sleeping wilds awaken, re-spins happen, and you might just catch some decent wins.

You can also spark the bonus round if you get three Thunder Reels simultaneously. This gives you five free spins with Wilds on the reels and the chance for bigger payouts.

It’s important to be entertained whilst you’re playing a slot, right? And this game delivers on every level. It’s really engaging and fun to watch.

You can enjoy it from 10p to £100 per spin at any Thunderkick Casino, and it’s available to play for fun or for real. Read on for our full review.




The backdrop to the game is what looks like the canyons and deserts of the American West, with 5 totems standing at the center of the screen. A native American watches the action from the left.

Turning Totems - Thunder Reels
Thunder Reels!

The artwork on the reels is amazing, with each symbol depicting a face that might be a character from Native American folklore. There are masks of blue, green, pink, orange and yellow colors. The orange pays out at 4.5x for five in a payline.

There are two types of Wilds in the game – a sleeping wild and a waking wild. The sleeping wild acts as a normal symbol when the Thunder Reels are not active. In this case it pays out 10x for five in a row. A waking wild meanwhile will pay out 25x for five in a row, and substitute for all other symbols to create a winning payline.

The other important symbol is of course the Thunder Snake. This triggers the big action as it sets of Thunder Reels, awakens the wilds and brings on re-spins and free spins.


Waking Wild
Waking Wild!

There are two possible outcomes from the Thunder Snake symbol landing:

Thunder Reels –  one or two Thunder Snake symbols landing awakens the wilds on the respective reels and sets off a re-spin.

Bonus Game – land Thunder Snakes on three or more separate reels and you set off the bonus round. It’s worth playing a bit to try to activate this because it’s pretty special. Expect thunderbolts, rainclouds and a downpour as the atmosphere changes!

At this point you get five free spins, and of course the Thunder Reels remain active until the feature ends. Basically, it’s locked wilds on three or more reels as you enjoy five free spins!


Turning Totems has a lot of the features we love from Thunderkick games – an original concept executed beautifully in the artwork and animations, with some exciting features to keep you engaged throughout. As a low-ish variance game the action is fairly regular, though you may wait a bit for the Thunder Reels bonus round. If you can hit it though, it’s loads of fun and potentially good for your wallet.

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