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Turning Totems Slot Thunderkick

Turning Totems is 5 reels and 11 paylines video slot powered by Thunderkick software. The slot is inspired by Mayan culture and the totems that they carved in wood. The reels are formed as totems and they are set in the desert background with some Native Americans standing beside the reels. Also the game has cute and catchy sounds to match the theme. Start the rain dance by giving the totem reels a twirl here for fun on this page, or you can visit any of the Thunderkick Casinos to play for real.

How to Play Turning Totems Slot

Before you start calling upon the rain, you should learn how to set your bets.

  • When you click on Number Coin you will increase or decrease the bets. When you click on it a separate panel will open and you will be able to set the coins size. 
  • Autoplay will allow you to set everything concerning spinning the reels automatically without interruption. 
  • Spin will set the reels spinning once you choose your bet.

Slot Features

The Wild symbol in the game is a sleeping totem. Once you activate it, it can substitute for all the symbols in the game to form a winning game, except for the Thunder Snake symbol.

Thunder Snake is the bonus symbol. When it lands on the reels, the thunder will strike it, and the reels will turn into a Thunder reels for the rest of the game round. All Sleeping Wilds on a Thunder Reel will turn into wilds, and a thunder reel activation will grant you a re-spin, unless it results in a bonus game. 

You need to land 3 or more thunder reels in order to get the Bonus game triggered. Once triggered, you will be awarded with 5 free spins. All active thunder reels will remain as such until the bonus game ends.


Turning Totems is not only visually great looking slot, but it is also fun to play. Thunderkick is famous for creating original and quirky looking slot which we all grow to love. Don’t get fooled by the simplicity of this slot because there’s more than meets the eye here. The slot pays both ways, and thunders can award you abundantly.

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Software Thunderkick
Slot Type Video slots
RTP 96.1%
Special feature Wild Free Spins
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Fiekie247 915 reviews
South Africa
Reviewed on January 25, 2018


Turning totem is a 5 reel, 11 payline slot from Thunderkick. I must admit lately Thunderkick graphics, look and feel seems to have improved a lot over the time with all their latest releases. Their previous slots graphics was very bad. Also, the animation that goes with their slots are some of the best I have seen.

The thunder snake symbol act as wild and when landing on any reel it grants a re-spin. During the re-spin all sleeping wilds symbols turning into wilds on the thunder reel. The thunder symbol also acts as scatter symbols which means if you land 3 of them anywhere on the reels the bonus game is triggered, which also means you do not get a re-spin. Re-spins only occurs when 1 or 2 thunder snake scatter/wild symbols land on the reels and to get another scatter symbol to access the bonus feature. Sleeping wilds act as normal symbol if not on a thunder reel and are the lowest paying symbol.

When the bonus feature is triggered you are awarded with free spins. 5 free spins are awarded when the bonus feature is triggered. You will have the thunder reels active that triggered the feature. If more snake symbols lands on none thunder reels, an extra spin is awarded and that specific reels becomes a thunder reel for the remaining of free spins. You can win up 7 spins maximum during the free spins feature.

I like this slot and it seems like a nice slot for wagering purposes as well. I have had many big wins on average between 120 – 180 my stake. Biggest win was just over x300 my bet. Thunderkick really made an impression with this slot and so are they evolving with all their other latest releases. I think you can rate this slot from medium to high variance slot because you can have dead spins all the time eating your balance like a piece of cake.
Afi4wins 2006 reviews
Reviewed on November 24, 2016


I must say that Thunderkick is getting rather active these last few months. They have already released a few new games, then suddenly, I came across yet another new one. This one is entitled 'Turning Totems'. Hmm, at first I was thinking, "what...turning into totem poles now, is it?" Nah, I was wrong. The title was referring to the symbols turning on the reels instead. Well, I must admit again, that Thunderkick is coming up with new interesting ideas lately. Their newer games play differently from all others, quite innovative in some ways, although still 'borrowing' one or two things from some other games. Ah well, nothing can be absolutely new anyway, so a bit of borrowing is still okay with me, as long as it isn't cloning.

The first thing you'll notice is that the symbols don't spin from up to down as the usual case. The symbols in this game spin around left to right on each position on the reels, stopping one reel at a time, from left to right reels. Hmm, an interesting change of visual impact, I must admit. Nothing complicated at all, and it doesn't confuse either, which is good. Typically of all Thunderkick games, the minimum starting bet per spin is maintained at $0.10, so anyone and everyone wouldn't have valid reasons not to try out this new game. The only thing I found lacking is in the number of paylines - only 11 of them, which reduces a lot of winning chances, but still better than 9 or 10 paylines. All wins are paid both ways, left-to-right and right-to-left, as expected.

Thunder Snake is the Scatter symbol. It doesn't pay or do anything else except to transform the reel that it lands on into an active Thunder Reel. Any Sleeping Wild symbols on that reel are turned into active Wild symbols, and one Respin is also awarded. Any new Thunder Reel becoming activated on that respin gets one more Respin, unless a Bonus Game of 5 free spins gets awarded by getting 3 or more Thunder Reels. So, in fact, in the base game, there are no Wild symbols, only normal Sleeping Wild symbols, which then become active Wild symbols upon that reel becoming a Thunder Reel. The active Wild symbol substitutes for all symbols except for the Thunder Snake symbol. The normal Sleeping Wild symbols are the lowest paying symbols of them all, until they become active Wild symbols and becoming the highest paying symbols instead. 5 active Wilds pay 25x the total bet amount, whilst the other symbols pay from 10x to 0.4x the total bet amount for 5 of each kind. All symbols are stacked on all reels in both the base game and in the Free Spins game, except for the Thunder Snake symbol. Needless to say, the paytable is a very low one indeed, more suitable for a 243-ways to win game.

I was very eager to find out how this Turning Totems would play and pay, although I could already imagine that it wouldn't and couldn't pay big. Nonetheless, I tried it out in the fun mode first, completing about 2000 spins or so, before playing it with real money. Well, the game doesn't play as badly as Sunset Delight, for example, and a fairly good play time can be had most of the time. The Thunder Snake symbol would come quite often too, but the transformed Thunder Reels themselves do not always pay, because not every time there'll be Wild symbols on that reel, and this was disappointing for me on many occasions. A guaranteed Wild symbol on every Thunder Reel would definitely be much better, with more winning possibilities.


Generally, Turning Totems is an interesting game to play, especially the Free Spins game. What is disappointing is the very low paytable, the Thunder Reels that don't have Wild symbols on them, and getting 4 or even 5 Thunder Reels couldn't guarantee a good payout of exceeding 50x the total bet amount. The best win I've gotten so far was only 39x my bet amount, but I did get a 109x win in the fun mode, which should be possible to get in the real money mode too. Overall, Turning Totems can be a good game to play, but Thunderkick designers are still moving too cautiously and not living dangerously enough, as I've already said a few times before this. Being cautious all the time would not get them to the Top Spot, that's for sure!

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