With the storyline centred around the ill-fated ruler of the Aztecs who had the misfortune of witnessing the collapse of his Empire, Montezuma slot is a standard 3 rows and 5 reels video slot, with 30 fixed pay lines.
Placing the reels against the rich tapestry of one of the world’s greatest civilisations, Williams Interactive Gaming is setting themselves before a difficult task of capturing the beauty of Amazon forests and the artefacts of Aztec culture.
The end product is a stunningly executed slot with sharp graphics, vibrant colours and authentic background audio of Amazonian wildlife.
The highest-ranked symbols – Emperor Montezuma and The Aztec Princess – become payable in the combination of two and three, respectively. Depending on the selected betting level, the combination of 5 Montezuma icons can award between 3 to 600 coins, while The Princess can cash out up to 500 coins. In terms of value, The Hawk icon comes pretty close, awarding the maximum of 400 coins when a combination of 5 Hawks is formed on the reels.
Medium value symbols are the Feather Headdress, Golden Mask and The Snake. Unlike Montezuma, all other slot symbols generate payouts when at least three of a kind land onto the reels (only two Montezuma icons are enough to award the coin prize). The odds of landing the winning combo are increased by the Wild symbol, which only lands on reels 2, 3 and 4 and can replace all other icons except for The Feature – Montezuma slot’s Scatter.
Thanks to its design and visual profile, Montezuma slot is one of those games that raise your expectations, promising piles of golds after only a single spin – at least this is what the visual profile and sharp graphics will have you thinking. In reality, the developer has decided on the more standard form of bonuses – Free Spins and Multipliers.
The Feature symbol triggers the Free Spins session which can multiply the player’s bet by the minimum of x3 or the maximum of x10. The number of additional spins within a session will be determined by the wheel of fortune spin, but it will not go under 3 or over 25 spins. The feature is re-triggerable and new sessions will be unlocked if the Feature symbols reappear on the reels. The Free Spins mode comes with a bet multiplier of x2, x3, x5 or x10, which is also determined by the spinning of the wheel. If the spins are retriggered by the appearance of at least two Feature icons, the originally won multiplier will be used during the follow-up spin as well.
Although Free Spins will be triggered relatively often, Montezuma slot is still not the type of slot that will frequently give out mind-blowing payouts – which becomes obvious as soon as you look at the top symbols value and the return to the player percentage, calculated at 95.86%. Even so, Montezuma remains one of the WMS Gaming most popular releases, probably thanks to the fact that most players see the slot for what it really is – a moderate paytable game with beautiful visuals.