There’s a primitive feel to the design here. The reels are set against a backdrop that’s filled with volcanoes and larva. Joining the A to 10 royal values are 4 brightly coloured animal totems. The best of these is the bird which pays 16.67 times your stake if you land 5 on a payline.
The golden idol is the wild. This can appear on reels 2, 3, 4 and 5 only. It replaces all other symbols apart from the scatter and bonus symbols. Aztec Diamonds comes with 2 bonus features.
Jackpot Diamond feature - this is triggered by landing 6 or more diamonds on the same spin. The diamonds are held and the reels spin again 3 times. If a new diamond joins the cluster, it’s also held. Land a diamond in a corner position and the re-spins reset to 3.
Fill all 4 corners with diamonds and the reels expand to a 6x3 grid. Fill those 4 corners and it expands again to a 6x4 grid. Manage to fill the corners again and you’ll activate an 8x4 reel set. Once the re-spins are complete, all the diamonds turn over to reveal a cash amount or a jackpot. These are all added together and that’s the prize you’ll win. With 4 jackpots to be won, the Grand Jackpot is worth 250 times your stake.
Free Spin feature - land 3, 4 or 5 volcano scatters on the same spin and you’ll receive a payout of 2, 5 or 100 times your stake. You’ll also be awarded 6 free spins. Extra wilds, scatters and bonus symbols added during these free spins. You can trigger the Jackpot Diamond feature from within the free spins too.
The visuals in Aztec Diamonds are simply done which matches the rather primitive theme. The same goes for the rhythmical, drum heavy backing track. We certainly enjoyed the features though. The streak spin is one of our favourite extras. Add the expanding reels into that equation and it becomes an even more attractive option. The free spins round isn’t bad either.
The variance isn’t quite as volcanic as we’d hope but the medium volatility offers enough to keep things interesting. We weren’t expecting too much when were fired up Aztec Diamonds. It proved to be a pleasant surprise though. It’s not the flashiest game you’ll see on the design front but the gameplay is right on the money. If you like the theme, Aztec Idols from Play ‘N Go is a very good slot game.