Amazing Aztecs Slots - Microgaming
ABOUT AMAZING AZTECS SLOTS
Amazing Aztecs is an exotic, Aztec-themed video slot released in May 2018 by Microgaming. And while it uses the Aztecs as the core part of its visual style, it doesn’t dive much deeper than that. The game has 5 reels and 243 ways to win and has a simple but catchy tune. Unfortunately, both the graphics and gameplay are far less interesting, which does not bode well for this slot.
However, the game has its good sides as well. The luckiest players will be rewarded with an 82,400 coin jackpot. And while you could win it without any bonuses, it is rather unlikely. Amazing Aztecs only has one special feature which is giant re-spins. These are situationally useful but do not do enough to make up for an absence of free spins and Wilds.
HOW TO PLAY
The slot has a 5-reel, 3-row layout. Instead of using archaic paylines, it uses the Ways to Win system, which is objectively superior in our eyes. You can set your wager between $0.10 up to $100 per spin, which should please plenty of gamblers. This Microgaming release does not separate coins from cash. Instead, one coin is worth $1, which makes calculating wins super easy. Collect three or more identical symbols in consecutive positions from left to right to earn a win. You can also tap the Autoplay button to let the game do all the work for you.
There’s no distinction between lower and higher paying icons, because all wins are depressingly low either way. Symbols include several different geometric shapes and colors, four different Aztec citizens, and the slot’s logo. But the difference between the highest and lowest paying icons are miniscule. The least valuable symbols pay only 2x for a five-of-a-kind win, while the highest paying icon only earns you 10x for a five-of-a-kind win.
There’s a distinct absence of interesting bonuses. If we’re honest, it makes Amazing Aztecs feel incomplete while playing it. Like there’s supposed to be one special feature to tie it all together, but it was left out for some reason.
The number of releases that do not include Wilds is rather small. And the number of games that pull it off successfully is even smaller. Sadly, Microgaming did not succeed in achieving the latter. Wins are frequent enough, but not nearly enough for any kind of meaningful prize.
There are also no Scatters in Amazing Aztecs either, which was a bold move. It effectively points to the developers being confident that its sole bonus will be enough to carry things forward. Unfortunately, things haven’t quite panned out that way, despite best intentions.
After a winning combination, there is a chance that the Giant Re-spin will be played. If the winning symbol is highlighted on the middle reel, then the re-spin is awarded. This will create a 2x2, 3x3 or a 4x4 block with the selected icon. This bonus cannot be retriggered.
And while the special feature appears often, it’s just not enough to be satisfying. If this Microgaming release is going to be successful, they need at least one more bonus. Add in Wilds again or a simple free spins special feature. Anything to flesh out the gameplay of this slot some more.
AMAZING AZTECS ON MOBILE
This game isn’t demanding visually, so there’s no surprise that there’s no difference between any of the versions. Phones and tablets are capable of delivering the exact same graphics and gameplay without breaking a sweat. As a result, you are able to select whether you want to play desktop and mobile exclusively on preference! The experience will be identically mediocre, regardless of which one you pick.