Aztec Slots Basic Information:
I'm no historian, but I feel quite confident in claiming that the Aztec weren't really into slot games. This is partially because of their strict adherence to the tenets of the culture, and partially because slot machines wouldn't be created for at least 500 years after the end of the Aztec Empire. That said – these were a society of people who placed a lot of importance in fun and games, so who knows what their attitude might be had they survived to today. Aztec Slots might be a prime example of what they might create, or it might be a prime example of them being dismayed over the adaption of their culture. Pointless hypotheticals aside – does Aztec Slots have what it takes to be counted as a great modern pokie? Read our review to find out…
This pokie was created by the developers at GamesOS. This talented team is employed to create a wide range of different games for online casinos, including scratch cards, card games and pokies.
The GamesOS system is compatible with a great many devices which are capable of running Flash. This means most PCs, Apple computers and tablets, along with a variety of other mobile devices. Check if your device supports flash, if it does you should be able to run games from GamesOS.
Aztec Slots comes with a total of 9 lines over 5 reels in a 5*3 layout.
- The minimum coins bet are 0.45
- The maximum coins bet is 19.80
- Minimum coin size is 0.05
- Maximum coins size is 2.20
- The return to player offered by this game is 96.9%, which towards the higher end of average.
Aztec Slots is a rather simple game, in terms of options. In fact, the game itself does not contain anything in the way of an options screen. Instead, the various ways in which the game can be manipulated is achieved through buttons displayed on the main game screen itself. These include:
This slider is found to the lower-left of the main game screen. Here the player can choose to set it to their preferred level, or mute all sound entirely.
This option is found to the lower-left of the main game screen. With this option the played can simply set the game to fullscreen mode. Aside from making the game easier to see, this can also have the added effect of slightly increasing game performance, so keep that in mind.
- View Payout
Pushing this button on the main game screen brings the player to the paytable and game information screen. When in this section the player can look at the various pays and bonus information.
- Total Bet
The plus and minus symbols under the value box are used to change the total bet.
- Bet One
This is the button used to change the amount of active paylines being used, from 1-9.
- Bet Max
The button for those who feel lucky. Clicking on this button automatically sets betting amount and paylines to maximum for a single spin.
- Auto Spin
This is where the player accesses the autoplay function. When clicked this brings up a single small screen. On this screen the player can press the minus or plus buttons to change the amount of autospins to be performed. There are no included automatic stopping options within this section, so keeping an eye on the autoplay is a must.
Aztec Slots appears to lift directly from many elements of, you guessed it, Aztec culture, history and architecture. This culture, for those unaware, was one which flourished in Central Mexico during the period of 1300-1521 (those are years, not hours).
This culture has long been referenced by the west, even long after the Aztec empire was largely destroyed by the Spanish.
While there are many descendants of Aztec culture surviving today, many of the original Aztec people were lost to war, and to small-pox and other diseases brought over by colonials and settlers.
Despite being somewhat behind in the whole iron age thing, the Aztecs were advanced in many other areas. Aztec culture even allowed many women to own land on the same level as men, something which some modern countries still have not achieved.
Other Features and Bonuses
The wild symbol in Aztec Slots comes in the form of this cat(?) monster statue. This can substitute for any symbol except for the scatter and bonus symbols. This cannot create any winning combination by itself.
The scatter symbol in Aztec Slots comes in the form of handsome-headdressed man. These do not need to appear on an active payline in order to generate their payouts. Gaining at least four of these in one spin will generate wins in the following quantities:
- 4 symbols will give 3 free spins when gathered
- 5 symbols will give 30 free spins when gathered
The bonus symbol in Aztec Slots comes in the form of this brilliant pyramid structure. Gaining at least 3 of these on a single payline gives the player access to the Trail of Supreme bonus game.
The free spins bonus in Aztec Slots is won by collecting a minimum of 4 scatter symbols in a single spin. Additional free spins can be won from within either of these free spins bonus games. The Supreme Trail bonus game can also be won from within this free game.
The Supreme Trail bonus game is accessed when the player gains at least 3 bonus symbols on the same active payline in a single spin. This game comes in 3 separate parts. During the first two the player is shown a maze like design with 3 gems to choose from in the corners. Choosing one of these gems will cause the maze to slowly fill from that location.
As the maze fills the game will collect gems in the path, and if the player manages to reach the centre gem they will enter the next stage. On the third and final stage the player is given 3 circles, each with 4 segments. Here the player must click on these sections to reveal either wins to the next level or a game ending gem. If the game ends this way, or if the player reaches the end, the accumulated funds will then be added to the player's account.
How to Play:
Basic play for Aztec Slots is as simple as a player selecting a betting amount and clicking spin.
Alternatively the player can use the autospin button to enter their own autospin custom rules.
Overall Design and Usability:
Aztec Slots is a game which I really wanted to like the look of, but was ultimately disappointed by. The look of this game is just, well, ugly. What this really comes down to is the adaption of components of Aztec culture. The detailed nature of their designs and architecture either lend themselves to very accurate or very stylised impressions. Aztec Slots falls somewhere in the middle, and suffers for it. This is a game that had such a strong base, but which has missed its opportunity. That said, the symbols and graphics in this game aren't mismatched, it's more that they really give off the impression of being placeholders for better graphics which never came.
When it comes to usability this game is quite simple. Most of what the player can do is accessed from the main game screen, with only the autoplay function opening another section. This simplicity actually hurts Aztec Slots, in some ways. The lack of options here might make the game unplayable to those users who either rely on autoplay and customisable stopping options, or for those on older or less powerful devices, as Aztec Slots offers nothing in the way of graphics options. Overall, a bit of a let down.
Where to find it:
GamesOS may not be as common as the big boys in the business, but they still do very well. Check out the following links for website reviews which offer games from the GamesOS framework. From here you can decide which casino works for you, and you can jump right in!
A game which we really don't like the look of, despite being big fans of the inspiration. That said, the game itself isn't bad, just a little bit lacking. If you are the type of player to be turned off by a lack of graphics or autoplay options then this might be worth a miss from you. If, however, all you want is a quick pokie to try out then jump on in. We can't claim that Aztec Slots will hold your attention for long, but at least you might enjoy the short amount of time you spend with this GameOS pokie.
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