From about the 14th century to the late 15th century, the Aztec people built one of the most powerful empires in all of Mexico. But all good empires must come to an end. During the early parts of the 16th century, Hernan Cortes lead his troops over the Atzec-controlled city of Tenochtitlán, forcing them to surrender. The city was destroyed by Cortes and his troops and rebuilt as Mexico City, the capital of a territory once called New Spain.
To pay homage to the Aztec empire, 1×2 Gaming created Aztec Secrets, a slot game that’s packed full of Aztec symbolism with a percussion-based soundtrack to match. This is one south of the border adventure you won’t want to miss.
While there are plenty of additional features, Aztec Secrets is a pretty basic five-reel, three-row slot machine game. There are twelve symbols, all of which give decent payouts, and a refreshingly different bonus game.
The lower tier symbols in Aztec Secrets are runestones with playing card-based letters on them. The J gives the lowest payout, then the Q, followed by the K, and finally, the A. The high-paying symbols are a bit more creative. In order from lowest value to highest value, these symbols are: a two-headed serpent, a colorful octopus, an Aztec man, an Aztec man on a runestone, and a blue and gold Aztec statue.
There is also a scatter symbol, a wild symbol, and a bonus symbol. If you land three of the scatter symbols anywhere on the board, you’ll be given 10 free spins (and a payout if they’re on a payline). During these 10 free spins, all wins are doubled. As usual, the wild symbol can substitute for anything but the scatter and bonus symbols.
The bonus symbol is where Aztec Secrets really gets interesting. If you get three or more bonus symbols anywhere on the board in one spin, you’ll get to play the Aztec temple bonus game. In this game, you will see a 5×5 stepping stone walkway leading up to an Aztec statue. You’re only allowed to select one stone per row, so the goal is to guess which stones are winners and which are duds. While it’s not exactly as promising as getting 10 or 20 free spins with double payouts, it acts as a sort of fun minigame to break up the monotony of spinning and winning. You can preview this bonus game by clicking the “Feature Preview” button in the bottom-right corner.
Aztec Secrets also allows you to choose how many lines you want to play with and how much each coin is worth, in addition to choosing your bet amount.
Aztec Secrets may have an ancient aesthetic, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy it electronically. 1×2 Gaming provides free no-risk versions of most of their games on their website (1x2gaming.com), including Aztec Secrets. This is a great way to figure out if you enjoy the game before diving in and spending cold, hard cash.
While 1×2 Gaming does their best to make their slot games easily available, they can’t be played on smartphones and tablets because they require Adobe Flash Player. There is also no option to play for cash on 1×2 Gaming’s website, so you’ll have to find a casino that offers this game to play for cash.
There are only so many features you can add to slot games, which is why there are plenty of cookie-cutter options available. That’s also what makes Aztec Secrets special; it’s a unique slot game both visually and gameplay-wise. You won’t find a lot of slot games with this many features packed in. And since you can play online for free, you’ll have plenty of time to get the hang of all the features before playing for cash.
If you’re looking for a unique slots experience that still has the potential to provide big wins often, Aztec Secrets is a great choice. 25 paylines and both scatter and bonus symbols make this game difficult to put down