Aztec Empire is powered by Playson and has 5 reels and 21 paylines. Playable from 21p to £105 a spin across desktop, mobile and tablet devices, the Aztec themed offering has a Mayan feel naturally and benefits from a 2-part bonus feature.
Aztec Empire does look fantastic and has a hypnotic soundtrack which brings back this ancient civilisation back to life. Set in a jungle Mayan template, symbols include corn, goats, frogs, tomatoes, leopards and Aztec men, women and warriors. The highest value symbol is the carved wooden monster which rewards you with 3,000 times your line bet if you manage to get 5 on a payline.
Look out for the totem symbol which is the wild and substitutes for all symbols (except the bonus symbol). The wild only appears on the middle 3 reels and expands on the whole reel when it appears (i.e. expanding wild!).
In terms of features, you have the Bonus Game feature which is played when you get 3 or more Mayan temple symbols anywhere on the reels. You will come across 6 pyramids which reward you with either a prize or access to the Supergame feature.
The first pyramid is chosen randomly for you with prizes of 10 times your stake for the wood temple, 12 times your stake for the stone temple, 15 times your stake for the bronze temple, 20 times your stake for the silver temple and 25 times your stake for the gold temple. You will have 3 attempts to change the pyramid selected.
The final pyramid is the diamond one which gives you access to the Supergame feature – here you aim to make up to 5 steps. At each step, you need to choose 1 of the 5 cells starting from the bottom row with the cells appearing empty, with a gem inside or the snake.
The empty cell moves you to the next level. The snake ends the feature so the gems are what you are looking for – these give you a random multiplier which is higher than in the first part of the feature.
Unfortunately, there is no free spins feature. Saying that, Aztec Empire looks fantastic and has the potential to pay out big in the base game due to the expanding wilds on the middle 3 reels. I found it to be a medium variance game which is lower than most other Playson titles. If you want high volatility and the same theme, NetEnt’s Gonzo’s Quest is highly recommended.