Essentially a Playtech take on Tomb Raider, this 2009 game is a lively affair and appealing to those who like variety in their gameplay and the chance to win very large payouts.
Azteca is a 5 reel 20 payline game with a wide variety of coin sizes ($0.01, $0.05, $0.10, $0.25, $0.50, $1.00, $2.00 and $5.00) and where 1x – 10x coins can be wagered per payline. The maximum bet range is large, from $2.00 – $1000, with wins, which pay left to right, being multiplied by the number of coins wagered per line. Scatter wins pay anywhere on the reels and are multiplied by the total wager per spin.
12x free spin feature—triggered when 3x, 4x or 5x Heroine scatter symbols appear anywhere on the reels, all wins are multiplied by 3x during the bonus round and additional free spins can also be awarded.
Chamber of the Gods Bonus Feature—a two-part bonus feature, triggered by hitting 3x, 4x or 5x Golden Idol bonus symbols on any payline. Hitting 4x or 5x Golden Idol bonus symbols will further multiply any overall bonus feature wins by 5x or 27x respectively.
On a separate screen, players select three of eight golden statues, each of which conceals a prize. However, if a player selects one of the two statues marked Collect, the bonus round ends immediately, and the player wins either 10x or 20x the line bet and returns to the main game.
Five of the eight statues conceal multipliers—5x, 10x, 15x, 20x or 25x the line bet—while one statue grants access to stage two of the game. If the second part of the bonus feature is reached, players then select one of two orbs, to collect a further bonus win multiplier of either 5x or 7x.
The maximum that can be won during the Chamber of the Gods Bonus Feature is 14,175x line bet (up to $708,750, when betting the maximum coin size and number) if the bonus feature is played during the 12x free spin round where all wins are tripled.
Gamble option—after any winning spin, players have the option either to collect, gamble to double half of the win, or gamble to double the whole win. Players simply select from one of five cards, and if the selected card is higher than the dealer’s, this is a winning hand.
Although clearly modelled on Tomb Raider and Lara Croft, there are nevertheless visual differences between the games. The Heroine animates with a sparkle in her eye on winning spins, while the other major symbols are extremely colourful and stand out well from the desert-coloured tones of the background. Sparse South American drumbeats accompany base play, which changes into upbeat, melodic pipe music during the free spin feature.
The largest jackpot available on Azteca is a staggering $1,500,000 when hitting 5x Sun Temple symbols during the 12x free spin feature where all wins are tripled (when betting the maximum coin size and number). During base play, the maximum jackpot available is $500,000, again for hitting 5x Sun Temple symbols when playing the max bet. The largest jackpot available during the Chamber of the Gods Bonus Feature is $708,750 (when betting the max), if this is accessed during the 12x free spin feature. The maximum win in this feature at other times is $236,250.
The wide range of coin sizes and the large maximum bet size means that this is a game that features potentially enormous payouts.