Unearthing hidden treasure in a lost jungle civilisation is the name of the game in Aztec Gems, a simple, 4 reel, 5 payline slot from Pragmatic Play. You won’t find much in the way of features here but the multiplier reel can send any winning spin soaring by up to 15x. Stakes range from between 5p and £25 per spin.

The design in Aztec Gems is as bold as we’ve come to expect from a Pragmatic Play slot – with jungle foliage and flowing waterfalls in the background, the gold reels are filled with 7 brightly coloured gemstone symbols. These offers payouts of just under half your total stake if you land 3 of the lowest paying yellow jewel in a line. The best standard symbol is the red stone which will get you 4 times your total stake if you land 3 in combination.

Better still is the golden totem which is the wild – it performs all the usual substitution duties as well as offering awards of 5 times your stake in its own right. Those payout numbers don’t sound especially enticing. There’s scope to add to those figures courtesy of the multiplier reel which becomes active every time you land a winner.

The value the pointer lands on is applied to all winning combinations on that spin. If you’re unlucky, you’ll stick with a 1x award. You’re far more likely to receive a multiplier though which can send payouts rocketing by 2x, 3x, 5x, 10x or if luck is really with you, a mighty 15x.

There aren’t any bonus features on offer here as all of the action comes via the base game and the all-important multiplier wheel. Despite the lack of extras, we didn’t find Aztec Gems to be a dull game. The brassy visuals are in your face and the soundtrack has a slightly creepy feel which works rather well.

The variance here is in the medium range which offers a balance of payouts – the most you can win is 375 times your total stake. If you enjoy a good range of bonus features, then Aztec Gems will be a game to swerve. If you fancy a simple, well designed slot that offers a steady stream of action then this is a jungle trek to consider.

Saying that, I would much rather play Pragmatic Play’s Queen of Gold which also offers the multiplier wheel or Play ‘N Go’s Aztec Princess which has a similar theme.