Be the Ruler
Aztec Empress stands out from the rest of the Casino Technology catalogue thanks to its style and graphic quality. You will be transported to the heart of an Aztec city, with the reels standing against a tall stone wall. The scene is lit up by torches, and the command buttons are placed on each corner of the reel set itself.
Aztec Empress looks quite impressive, but if you look more closely you might notice that the background and overall decorations are exactly the same as in Amazons Spear, which is another Casino Technology slot. Now it does not make Aztec Empress any nice to look at, but we would have like some original settings a little better. Let’s try to see past this and learn more about the gameplay next.
A Shorter Betting Range
Aztec Empress is based on a 5×3 layout with only 15 paylines available. You can bet from 15 to 450 credits per turn when all paylines are activated, which unfortunately restricts your options quite a lot. The autospin game mode is always available in case you want to let the game follow its own course for a while. Each win on the reels can also trigger the optional guessing game, where finding out the colour of the hidden card can double your latest cash prize instantly.
As mentioned before, Aztec Empress is a high-volatility slot game. Combined with its short betting range and small number of paylines, this makes the game quite challenging to begin with. As we were testing it, we had to be patient before we were able to score any win at all. The paytable is also mostly made up of classic card icons, plus daggers, masks, Aztec warriors and Conquistadors, with a maximum prize of x700 only. To win big in Aztec Empress, you really are going to need some help from the special features of the game.
Where the Real Big Wins Are
The main surprise in Aztec Empress is the Empress herself, which plays the part of the wild card. She can appear anywhere and at any time, substituting for a basic symbol and multiplying the value of the combination by 2. Wild combinations themselves carry a big x9000 cash prize as well, but winning it is a real challenge.
The pyramid symbol is a scatter, worth up to x1500 in any position on the reels. With 3 or more scatters in view, lucky players can trigger a bonus round of 15 free spins, during which all prizes are multiplied by 3 instantly.
Not a Bad Choice, but a Challenging One
Aztec Empress has two different sides to consider: on one hand, the game is quite original, with great graphics and generous bonus features that you can expect to trigger fairly easily (especially the free spins). But on the other hand, and after careful examination, you may realise that Aztec Empress has “borrowed” a lot of graphic and gameplay elements from other Casino Technology slots while only offering players 15 paylines to bet on and a much higher variance.
Amazons Spear might be a reasonable alternative here, as it proved more generous when we tested it. However, Aztec Empress is still worth a try for high rollers and risk takers who are dying to try a reasonable beautiful slot game set at the heart of the Aztec empire.