Spin Play Games, an independent studio, has released their second slot machine, Almighty Aztec, which is powered by Microgaming and is themed around the tale of Quetzalcoatl, a god of the South American jungle. Roman Power, their first album, was a lackluster attempt that failed to create an impression. However, Almighty Aztec caters to a distinct demographic: those looking for a mellower mathematical role model and low-key cool. Features like expanding wilds, free spins, and a bonus purchase option let players coast to the modest wins.
Slot lovers are sure to have seen Quetzalcoatl before; he’s a staple of Aztec-themed games. The avian serpent may be seen slithering in a vibrant green forest that Spin Play has created. The 5-reel, 10-payline grid is set against a backdrop of lush vegetation near a temple, and the accompanying music is typical for slots of this genre. The reels, however, are a somewhat dull beige, making the low-paying symbols stand out even less. Bets may have been more successful if the slot were at least somewhat see-through.
Bets on Almighty Aztec range from 10 pence to $500 (or equivalent in other currencies) each spin, and the slot may be enjoyed on any device. A large maximum wager, but with a relatively modest maximum payout to offset the risk. Players who are interested in trying out Almighty Aztec’s mathematical model are set apart from those who aren’t. There shouldn’t be too many gripes about the game’s return to player rate (96.38 percent in theory). The bumps and thrills are kept to a medium level by the volatility, while the hit rate of 26.14% ensures that players will win more frequently than once per four spins.
A method that pays both ways, from left to right and vice versa, increases the hit rate. So, even though there are only 10 paylines, players are essentially given 20. At least three matching symbols must be contiguous, starting on either the leftmost or rightmost reel.
Eight normal pay symbols are available in Mighty Aztec, with high and low payouts split evenly. Four faceted gemstones represent the lows, while a tablet, a bird, a serpent, and an Aztec warrior represent the highs. The payouts for the four premium symbols are decent, varying from 5x the stake to 50x the wager. On Reels 2, 3, and 4, Wilds appear as a blazing sun. If you see one, it will grow to fill the whole reel it landed on.
Features of the Mighty Aztec
A few details, including the flying serpent Quetzalcoatl, help round out Almighty Aztec. Quetzalcoatl isn’t happy to just observe the action from the stands. Flying erratically across the reels, he occasionally deposits up to three wilds. If these wilds appear on reels 2, 3, or 4, they will grow to fill the whole reel.
Free games, represented by a calendar-like scatter symbol, serve as the game’s finale in Almighty Aztec. Free games are awarded for landing 3, 4, or 5 scatters on any reel. The third reel becomes wild at the start of the free spins and remains that way throughout the whole bonus round. A wild that appears on reels 2 or 4 during a free spin round will stay in that position for the duration of the round. If you get 3, 4, or 5 scatters anywhere on the reels, you win 2, 10, or 50 times your wager, respectively.
Since free spins are the game’s most exciting and potentially lucrative feature, Spin Play has included a bonus buy to access them immediately. If you pay 50 times the stake, you’ll get 5 free games right away.
Judgment of the Great Aztecs
In comparison to Spin Play’s first release, Roman Power, Almighty Aztec is definitely a step up. The visuals are more polished, the animations are more fluid, and the functionalities are more cohesive with the overall concept and method of payment. It’s a more polished production overall, and it seems like it would appeal to the intended audience.
If you’re a recreational gambler looking to get the most out of your money and avoid playing highly unpredictable slot machines, then Almighty Aztec is the game for you. Spin Play is honest about the game’s intended outcome, stating it there. It’s noteworthy that the developers directed the Almighty Aztec toward players who want to maintain their bankrolls while still including an optional feature purchase. Spending 50 times the first bet appears counterintuitive if you’re taking your time.
It’s a tempting choice since Almighty Aztec packs so much into its little playtime. In addition to the regular wild that appears in the middle of the feature, Quetzalcoatl will occasionally add additional wilds at the start of the feature. When this occurs, free spins frequently develop favorably, increasing your odds of coming out ahead. However, things get considerably more difficult when you just have the middle reel crazy to begin with.
Almighty Aztec may appeal to players looking for a Starburst-like adventure amid the jungle with free spins. Despite having vastly different themes, the two games play similarly. This is mostly attributable to the growing wilds, the pay-both-ways mechanism, and the gem symbols. They also both have maximum winnings of 500x. All in all, it’s not a very exciting game that won’t do much to bite or entertain.