Azticons Chaos Clusters: Slot Overview
After reading Azticons Chaos Clusters' game sheet, Quickspin might be better suited to creating online slots than arranging travel itineraries. The set-up sounds promising – venturing into a central Mexico rainforest, hiking remote, steep hills past waterfalls and howler monkeys, before arriving at the land of Tenoch, the ruler of the Aztecs. So far, so good, but the dubious part is that travellers are encouraged to navigate the holy Twin Temple and 'grab as many treasures from the great Aztec empire as you can'. Whatever the opposite of 'woke' is, Azticons Chaos Clusters' looting must be it.
Naturally, we are playing around since the back story sets the scene nicely, and the follow-through is even better. Azticons is a cluster paying grid slot set deep amongst jungle foliage, temples, and exotic statuary. It might all be classic Aztec slot imagery, but Quickspin has imbued the sights with a particular vibrancy, and the jungle sounds add a substantial depth. Speaking of sounds, the noises blocks make as they drop into the game grid make a satisfying clinking effect that has an almost ASMR quality. All in all, Quickspin has crafted a very pleasing Aztec environment to do a bit of temple raiding.
Azticons Chaos Clusters is played on a game board made up of 7 columns, holding 5 to 9 symbols each. It uses a specific cluster pays system called Chaos Clusters™, which creates wins as long as 5 matching symbols are at least partially connecting across the grid. It's a highly volatile game, with three possible RTP settings, the highest one being 96.26% - with around a third (32.03%) allocated to free spins, the rest to the base game. Any device can be used to play Azticons, providing stakes of 20 p/c to £/€100 per paid drop.
Inspecting the paytable turns up 11 normal pay symbols, split into low, medium, and high categories. Lows are five gemstones paying 0.4-0.8x the bet for five symbol clusters, up to 100-250x for a 20+ sized cluster. Mids are four Aztec style animal symbols worth 1.5-2x for five symbol clusters, or 500-1,000x for 20+ sized clusters. The most valuable is the high pay goldeny orange symbol, worth 5x for five, or 5,000x for 20+. There's a 'W' wild too, which substitutes for all symbols except the bonus scatter.
Azticons Chaos Clusters: Slot Features
Azticons Chaos Clusters doesn't have a huge number of features, but what it has weaves together neatly and includes tumbling reels, Turning Twins, and Sacred Free Spins.
The Tumbling Reels feature triggers after every cluster win. It removes winning clusters from the board, allowing new or existing symbols to drop down to fill any gaps. If a new cluster is formed after the symbols drop down, then the Tumbling Reels trigger again.
After any wins or tumbles, the game checks to see if any symbols of the same size and value are aligned in a horizontal direction on the grid. If so, there is a chance all of the symbols between them are converted into the same symbol, thus triggering a win and the Tumbling Reel mechanic.
Sacred Free Spins
Pyramid bonus symbols appear on any column, and landing 4 of them awards 7 Sacred Free Spins, plus 3 additional spins for each symbol in view beyond 4. During Sacred Free Spins, there's a progressive multiplier that starts on x1 and increases by +1 following a winning tumble. Free spins can be retriggered, awarding +3 additional free spins when 4 scatters hit, plus 1 free spin for each additional scatter.
Buy Sacred Free Spins
Trekking through bush can be hard, so to take a chopper ride straight to the temple, a bonus buy button has been provided. Clicking it allows players to pay 150x their stake to land at least 4 bonus symbols on the next spin, thereby triggering the bonus round. Buy free spins comes with an RTP of 96.49%.
Azticons Chaos Clusters: Slot Verdict
Quickspin might not be as famous for making grid slots as some other studios are, but when they put their minds to designing one, the results aren't half at all. It's clear Quickspin poured a lot of thought into Azticons, and the final product speaks for itself. The verdant jungle location starts the game on a positive footing, and it just gets better from there. While Aztec slots are plentiful, Azticons mix of class act looks and sounds quickly push it above most, and that's before factoring in the features. One competitor game which came to mind right away was Relax Gaming's Cluster Tumble. There's something ultra-satisfying about how clusters form, explode, and clink in both of these games that induce an almost Zen-like state.
Azticons can't really match the length of Cluster Tumble's crazy long cascade chains, but it has one or two other tricks up its sleeve to entertain. One is the Turning Twins feature which, like the Doubler in Cash Truck, is ingenious in its simplicity and was capable of creating some outrageously good results in the review. In fact, one Turning Twins trigger produced an absurd circa 3,000x hit from a single cluster win. As you might have guessed, this was during free spins, after we'd scored a solid multiplier to go with it. Azticons is no walk in the park, though, and the game slapped us silly on several occasions with ease. The mega win followed a bonus round which reluctantly eked out a 3.5x win, for example. Ouch, to be sure, meaning Azticons can flow both ways and, at its best, is capable of hits as high as 25,000x the bet. It might be interesting to know that the max win frequency during Quickspin's simulations was 1 in 23,273,238, which compares quite favourably to many others.
Azticons is as capriciously volatile as any other, but when it's on, its collection of features, led by Turning Twins, multipliers and the Chaos Clusters system, plus chunky symbol values perform exactly how a top tier cluster paying grid slot should.
Azticons Chaos Clusters is a high spec, well-greased machine ideal for some intense grid slot action.