War of the Lords
Aztec people are best known today as inventors of ingeniously effective weaponry – both small and large – and an innate sense of stealth warfare. Both these attributes are instantly put on display prominently in Aztec Empire, where the imagery of native animals of South America and deadly Aztec weaponry. Another quintessential aspect of Aztec life – superstitions and beliefs – have also been included in the scheme of things quite brilliantly, without making them appear heterogeneous or out of place.
The start is quite a good one. Let’s see how things unfold from here onwards!
Golden Life and Golden Rules
The golden rule of numerical mathematics was named so to honour the Aztec love for gold, and in a slot that depicts Aztec life, there is no way gold is going to take the back seat.
Playson guys know that very well, as the recurring theme in this slot is gold. All this bling is dished out to lucky spinners through conspiracies that are woven by 5 standard reels and 21 paylines. We would be the first ones to admit that 21 paylines are seldom enough to allow players a continued run of wins. But this is how it is.
Money to Gold, Gold to Money, Repeat!
That’s the sure fire formula of putting Aztec Empire to good use and make some fortune out of these reels.
The very first thing about Aztec Empire that caught us off our guard was the wager scheme. Unlike many Playson slots, Aztec Empire lets you wager up to 500 coins per line per spin! Those are quite a few coins, be sure – simply because, if one decides to go all-guns-blazing, that cap amounts to a previously unheard of 10,500 coins per spin.
Pawns of the Aztec Empire
The pawns of this empire are at your service in the form of regular symbols. Playson has taken every care to make these symbols as Aztec-esque as possible. Luscious red tomatoes and jangly sweet corn make up the base rank of these symbols, while a pair of Aztec man and woman form the highest paying battalion that pays out 3,000 coins for five-on-five combinations.
In between, you can find proportionate winnings through llamas, panthers, Amazonian frogs and Aztec war-heroes.
The base game, thus, is not much of an innovation. This is, however, not to say that it’s monotonous – quite the opposite! All that endless spinning of mysteriously spooky Aztec symbols surely is going to keep slotters glued in front of the screen.
Turning up the Heat
Well, so far, it’s been a good ride. But it’s about to get a whole lot better with the special symbols of Aztec Empire. Don’t take our word for it – read for yourself…
The wild here is an ornate mask that appears on 2nd, 3rd and 4th reels. While it doesn’t pay in itself, it does a fine job of converting half-cooked combinations into decently paying ones.
A green canary is the scatter symbol here. In all fairness, this scatter is a little bland, since it doesn’t do much more than paying out a handful of coins on seemingly impossible combinations.
The bonus round here is the one that got us really excited. It is activated when you land three of more golden Aztec pyramid symbols anywhere in view. In the bonus game, you will be randomly presented with a peculiarly coloured pyramid that will decide the multiplier for your base game winnings. You can progress through the ranks, all the way to the golden pyramid (25x multiplier). If you advance a step ahead to the diamond pyramid, you can have one last hurrah with a double-or-nothing gamble, as well.
Empire Needs More Zing
Aztec Empire makes a sincere effort to invoke the Aztec culture in spirit and in design. While the wagering system of thousands of coins was a bit of a downer, possibilities of heavy payouts through bonuses and super-bonuses make playing this slot worth one’s while.
The slot, however, could have been much more appealing, had its wild and scatter symbols been given a little more zing!