Every slots maker has at least one Aztec-themed game – and Play N Go is no exception. Fortunately, this is one of the better games based on the Aztecs I have played. It has two separate features and the smooth integration of sounds and visuals that you would expect from Play N Go. Whether this can emulate the success of RTG’s Aztec’s Millions or NetEnt’s popular ‘Gonzo’s Quest’ remains to be seen.
The full title of this slot is ‘Rich Wilde and the Aztec Idols’, and the smooth intro video gives you a flavour of the production quality. The symbols are exactly as you’d expect, different face-masks are mixed with card symbols with stylised carvings. There is an explorer (presumably ‘Rich Wilde’ himself) which acts as the wild. There are some animations on the reels, though these are not overdone – for example the sparking of the golden temple or rotation of the ancient calendar. Sounds are a mix of drums, pipes and upbeat tones when you hit wins. When you stop spinning you’ll hear crickets and background jungle sounds. These are good quality effects, though the levels of the ‘win’ noises could do with being lower in the mix.
One of the features is a break-out ‘pick-em’ round, where you get to pick golden statues from within the temple. The other is a free spins round, which introduces a new scatter into the game. The ‘pick-em’ triggered reasonably regularly for me, though the spins where less frequent.
There are 15 winning lines on this game, though you can select any number of these you wish. In addition to the lines and coin size, you can also select the number of coins per line to play. The max spin amount is $150 - $2 coins, 5 per line at 15 lines. The smallest spin is just 15c. After each win, you can gamble on the flip of a card, auto spin is also available.
Rich Wilde himself is the symbol you’ll want to see the most of. This is the wild (as usual substituting for everything except the scatters and bonus symbols). If you get 5 on a win-line you’ll win 5000 coins, with 1000 for just 4. The masks come next, with gold (1000 for 5), grey (750), green (500) and the bear-like one (500) all giving decent win amounts. Playing cards ace down to 10 make up the rest of the winning symbols.
Scatters are the rotating Aztec Calendar. If you hit 3 then you trigger the free spins, and also win 5x your total spin amount. The remaining symbol is the golden temple. 3 of these will take you to the pick-em round inside the temple itself.
The temple pick-em game can win you up to 150x your total bet. You’ll see a graphic sequence where you enter the top of the Aztec temple. You then see 5 pedestals, each with a golden statue on top. You click on a statue, and will reveal either the prize (in coins) or some green gas – which signifies the end of the feature. You keep picking until you get the gas, accumulating wins from each statue.
Free spins are triggered by hitting 3 of the calendars. Here the wheel expands and spins, this chooses a symbol (which becomes an additional scatter) and the number of spins you will receive, from 10 to 20. The scatter randomly replicates itself across the screen – which did lead to some unexpected windfalls. You cannot retrigger this particular free spins round.
After just one session I’m prepared to state that this is every bit as good as the most popular games mentioned in the introduction. The standard game play is smooth and the graphics and sounds are very professionally integrated. I particularly like the ambient jungle noises when you are between spins – which add a certain atmosphere.
Having two separate bonus features keeps you engaged, and I like the fact that these are very different from each other. The pick-em round is kept interesting by the potential for a lot of coins from a single pick. The free spins round with is really the game you want to get though.
I’ll be back to check out this slot again for sure. If you want a solid introduction to what Play N Go are capable of, I recommend that you check it out for yourself.