Ever since the conquistadors sent word back from the New World of empires that seemed to be overflowing with gold, as well as mystical, hidden cities actually made of the stuff, people have fallen in love with the mystery of the Aztecs and other peoples of the Americas.
It's no wonder then, that there are just so many slots out there based around the Aztecs, packed with ornate statues, piles of gold everywhere and more than a little magic in most. Here are some of our best picks from the LeoVegas library.
Aztec Bonanza is a strange slot to look at to start with, as chunks around the corners of the board are blocked off, and the visible symbols use hearts, diamonds and so on instead of anything obviously Aztec, although the background makes up for it.
After every two wins on a single spin, one of those corner chunks breaks off and expands the board, with eight in a row needed to open it entirely. Each chunk that is removed will also trigger a special power, such as giant symbols and transforming symbols. After the cascade wins finish, the board resets back to normal.
Opening the whole board triggers the bonus round, which consists of five spins, using the entire board, with all spins getting one of the special powers along with it.
Aztec Gems Deluxe is the updated version of the original Aztec Gems, although it does change the formula quite significantly. This version of the game is a 3x3 slot instead of a 4x3, and as a result, the number of pay lines has dropped to nine.
In place of the extra row and the original multiplier reel, the game adds a good amount of new features. The money symbols only pay at the end of the Money Respin feature, which triggers when four or more money symbols land at once.
In the Money Respin, any money symbols get locked to the board, and there are three chances to get more locked in, although any extra symbol that lands will reset the spin counter, much like Money Train. Money symbols can also be jackpot symbols instead, and filling the board during respins opens a chance at winning one of the four jackpots.
Aztec Blaze is all about growing bigger and more dramatic, with lots of features that increase the size of symbols. Most interestingly, these features land both in the base and bonus games, unlike other slots which reserve all the fancy things for the bonus.
In the base game, any win will trigger a respin, and wins on that respin will trigger more, with the level increasing up to a maximum of a 4x4 colossal symbol with a 10x multiplier.
The bonus game is just an enhanced version of the same feature, except the levels stick between the five spins, and landing two more scatters will add another five spins to it. Interestingly, only two scatters are needed to start the bonus game in the first place unlike the traditional three.
To give this slot its full name, it's Rich Wilde and the Aztec Idols, making it an entry in Play'n GO's long-running Wilde family game series. It even has a feature very similar to the original game in the series, although this one travels to Central America instead of the sands of Egypt.
There are actually two special features in this game. In the base game, there is a random event where the player is taken into the temple itself and chooses from five idol statues. The player keeps picking and revealing cash prizes, until they pick a statue with poison gas beneath it, ending the feature.
The main bonus game has one symbol chosen by a wheel, becoming a scatter symbol on the board which can expand in a similar way to the special expanding symbols of Book of Dead, although they won't do this every time they land.
Overall, Aztec Warrior Princess is a much more standard slot game than many of those mentioned above, although the features it does have, it presents well. The symbols used may look a little confusing, although the understanding is that the feathered snake symbol is a reference to the Aztec god Quetzalcoatl.
The features included are the cash picker game, activated by collecting ceremonial skulls through normal play, and the bonus game which is started by collecting three of the Aztec Princess herself. During free spins, she becomes an extra wild alongside the normal wild symbol to allow for extra win lines.
On the other end of the creative scale is Aztec Twist, a slot that spins horizontally with a super-long 8x5 board and cluster wins. It resembles a tower of carved Aztec symbols, and the whole thing is rendered in beautiful 3D.
The carved faces make up the list of valuable symbols in play, and the handprint works as a wild to connect different parts of the board. As a cluster, multiple wins can land on each spin, and three glowing scatters anywhere will start the bonus.
The big feature of the bonus is the golden mask, which takes up an entire row on the board and stays sticky as a wild for the rest of the spins. Each section of the mask that lands adds more spins and increases the multiplier.
Amazing Aztecs is an interesting slot to look at, with a cartoony design that is completely different to the grim and scary look of a lot of the other games on this list. It even features an Aztec granny, which feels like a unique inclusion.
What makes these Aztecs amazing are the extra features, including 243 pay lines on only a 5x3 grid, and a giant symbol chance on every single winning spin. It can trigger after any win and transforms the winning symbol into a set of 2x2, 3x3 and 4x4 symbols that can land again and extend the winning lines again. Unusually though, there's no specific bonus game to be found.
Quetzalcoatl makes a return in Almighty Aztec, and much like the slithering of the winged serpent himself, the unique base feature of this slot is that wins can go either way across the board, instantly transforming this from a 10 pay line game to a 20 pay line game.
When the godly serpent gets involved, he can do a range of things. In the base game, he will randomly fly over the board and drop up to three wilds on reels two, three and four, which then expand over the entire reel.
In the bonus game, it's a similar concept, except it starts with reel three being already wild, and if a wild lands on reels two or four, then that reel also becomes wild for the rest of the spins. As an extra, scatters can pay out up to 50x on their own.
Aztec Luck is probably the slot on this list with the least obvious direct Aztec connection, featuring mostly gems and suit symbols on the board. The main Aztec parts of it are the temple background, the sound effects and music, and the single spinning golden coin with a tribal face etched onto it.
That spinning coin is the key to the entire slot, however, as it hides the entrance to the bonus spins. When a coin lands, it will spin into a wild symbol and most of the time that's it. Occasionally though, it will then become a Spins of Plenty symbol, and just one of these is needed to get started.
The bonus starts with seven spins and a randomly selected expanding symbol, which may feel familiar to anyone who has played games from the Wilde series. It can also be retriggered by landing more coins.
Aztec Falls finishes off this list and is probably the slot most packed with features here. In the base game alone there are two special features, those being the Cash Drop and the Coin Drop features.
The cash drop is a lot like a plinko game and drops lots of small coins at the same time, which can fall into slots at the bottom with instant cash prizes. The more coins fall in, the more it pays out. The Coin Drop is triggered by the golden coin landing on the right side, with another plinko game deciding if the player gets wilds, stacked symbols or more.
On top of that, there's also the bonus game, featuring another unique power-up in the form of sticky wilds that cover the entire reel and stay there for the length of the bonus.
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