There are plenty of Aztec-themed pokies out there on the net, and whilst most cover themselves in gold-coloured, squarish icons and try to walk the fine line between Spanish Conquistador and Aztec history, few try to do so over just 3 reels.
That is exactly what Pragmatic Play have come up with in their Aztec Gems release. If we’re telling the truth, though, there are actually four reels for you here, with the fourth being, well, special…
How to play
Only 3 of the reels in this game can be wagered on, with the fourth reel being a bonus delivering reel, specifically multipliers. The mobile pokie machine’s three main reels hold a set of 5 paylines, none of which can be altered by the player.
Players are still invited to adjust various aspects of their bet via the plain Jane wagering menu bar, which allows you to stake between $0.05 per spin and $25 a spin on this mobile pokie.
Wild symbols: Not too many classic pokies contain special symbols, but this one does. Aztec Gems’ wild symbol appears as a stereotypical Aztec mask, and it can substitute for any other icons in the game without exception. The wild symbol can appear stacked on all 5 reels of the mobile pokie, which will help players to land wins far more frequently than they might expect.
Multiplier Reel: Now, back to that fourth reel: this is a multiplier bonus round, as we’ve said. On every spin of the game, the fourth reel will spin, and it will deliver a multiplier which ranges from 1x up to 15x your total winnings. Whether or not those multipliers are applied to your winnings depends on whether they appear alongside a winning combination. If you win, you will win richly – that seems to be the message delivered by the fourth reel of this mobile pokie.
Of course, with a guaranteed multiplier on each and every win you pocket in this mobile pokie machine, the developers weren’t very keen on offering you huge non-progressive jackpot prizes. To that end, the non-progressive prize is capped at just 5x your total stake.
However, with those multipliers, you can rise that total haul up to 75x your total bet. It’s a tall order, but not impossible to pull off, especially on a game which carries a more than respectable RTP (return to player) rate of 96.52%.
There are going to be players who like what they see with the Aztec Gems mobile pokie, and there are those who are going to find it too primitive to be of any real, solid enjoyment.
The game can certainly take you on a trip down memory lane if you like classic pokies, and those looking for classic one-armed bandits reimagined with video pokie features will also find it ideal. Since this game is going to split the pack, we’d recommend giving it a go before you make your final verdict.