Amid the wild jungles of Mexico hides a temple, that was once the property of the mighty Montezuma, the leader of the Aztec people. It is said that somewhere in these territories hides the Montezuma Treasure. The value of this treasure is unimaginable and it has drawn in many adventurers and treasure hunters. We don’t want to be left out of the loop, so a new journey must take place, to the jungles we go. Will you answer the call of the Aztec Ascent?
If you’re taking on this journey then you need to come prepared. That is where we come in, providing you with all the necessary information. This is not the first Aztec themed slot for Relax Gaming, in fact, Relax Gaming have plenty of Aztec games, most notably the Mega Masks slot, which was a considerable success. In its footsteps now comes the Aztec Ascent. Relax Gaming definitely have some experience with this setting, but can they make Aztec Ascent special, so it stands out from the competition? Well surely hope so.
Aztec Ascent Slot Review
Game Layout: 6 Reels x 4 Rows
yes (2) Relic Random Feature, Free Spins
Bonus features: yes (2) Relic Random Feature, Free Spins
Gameplay and Payouts
As we said, Relax Gaming have other Aztec slots in their portfolio, but we will mostly put it head to head with the Mega Masks slot, because it was quite recent and in many ways, it’s also similar to Aztec Ascent. We got ourselves a 6 by 4 slot that utilizes 40 paylines. Aztec Ascent doesn’t blow you away with its visuals, it’s actually a very simple looking slot. A part of the temple serves as the place for game layout. We can just barely see the surrounding area, as the game layout takes up most of the space, but hey, at least we got two golden statues. The music is not much different from the visuals. It’s simple, but at least authentic sounding.
Relax Gaming love to use blocky symbols, which work great with tumble slots. Aztec Ascent isn’t a tumble slot, but visually it kind of looks like one. Low symbols come as large blocks of stone, with nice shiny gems inside, which are styled as card suites. Five high symbols also are blocky, but they come with more colours and a profile of animals. The most valuable symbol is the face of Montezuma. You will get 10x for six of these symbols, which is pretty low to be fair. This usually means one thing, the best wins come from bonus features, not simple symbol combinations.
Aztec Ascent comes in with intensity. Players will need to deal with the high volatility while tackling the 96.37% RTP. There is a part where Aztec Ascent greatly excels over Mega Masks and that’s the max payout. Instead of 2,450x players can score a win that goes up to 40,000x. That’s a crazy difference between both slots and this alone puts Aztec Ascent far upfront. Perhaps, to keep payouts in check, Relax Gaming have gone with a tighter bet range, which is 0.10 – 10. You can still place decently high bets, but it’s not necessarily a high roller slot.
This is where we come back to that previously made point. Without Relic Random Feature, Aztec Ascent would be dry as a bone. Thankfully, besides Free Spins, we have a feature that can improve the base game experience. Relic Random Feature can trigger randomly on any spin. A random multiplier up to 100x gets picked and 1 to 4 high symbols get converted into the Mystery symbols. The Mystery symbols then reveal one matching symbol and the end win is multiplied by the active multiplier.
This feature will keep you occupied, but the end goal still is the Free Spins feature. Ascension Free Spins are activated by 3 or more bonus symbols. Like always, the more symbols you get the better is the award, so 3, 4, 5 or 6 symbols award 8, 10, 12 or 15 Free Spins. The idea is simple, collect as many red and blue jewels as you can. These jewel icons randomly appear next to regular symbols. To simply put it, red jewels help you to build up the multiplier, while blue jewels help to convert more regular symbols into Mystery symbols, thus creating a chance for more high-value symbol wins.
Relax Gaming are quite fond of the Aztec setting and their slot portfolio shows it. If you have multiple games that use the same theme then it is also important that players can distinguish every single one of them. Has that been the case with Relax Gaming? It’s hard to say. All of these slots feel different, but there is also a lot that they share. Aztec Ascent visually is a simple slot, starting from the symbols, ending with the music. The true beauty comes from the potential which is 40,000x. Now a win like that makes the journey for Montezuma’s Treasure totally worth it, regardless of the simple presentation.