Legacy of Inca: Slot Overview
The Inca Empire might not be quite as famous as its Aztec counterpart in online slots, but it was certainly no less interesting or mysterious. The Inca called their empire Tawantinsuyu, a word referring to the union of four regions. It reached its peak in the early 16th century and was pre-Columbian America's largest empire. This was the civilization that gave the world Machu Pichu, and images of stone structures rising from the forest or jungle is a powerful one which has captured the imagination of many. It has clearly caught the eye of developer Play'n GO, as the studio has turned to South America to theme Legacy of Inca - a game celebrating the legacy with features such as free spins with added wilds and embedded free spins called Temple Spins.
With dependable Play'n GO flair, players enter a lush jungle/forest scene rich with thick plant life and elaborately carved masonry. It is tough to discern whether this is a scene of a civilization on the ascendency, but the overgrown nature of the scene would suggest that humans might have abandoned this location a while ago, letting nature take back over. Could be wrong, however, just an impression. What's clearer cut is the excellent quality of the visuals and the sort of uber-professional presentation a studio like Play'n GO has down pat by now.
Switching over to the less glamorous but no less critical side, let's cleave our way into the statistics. First up is RTP, and it's worth scoping Legacy of Inca's help file to verify the configuration since it comes in six settings depending on the market, topping out at 96.29%. Volatility has been labelled as medium, with a 6 out of 10 rating, which means it should be slightly less brutal than most games in the same PnG genre. Played on a 5-reel, 3-row matrix, players can pick stakes of 10 p/c to £/€100 per game round to get the outdoor adventure going.
Legacy of Inca is equipped with 20 paylines for landing winning combinations of three, four, or five of a kind across. Hitting a five-symbol win made of the low-pay J, Q, K, or A symbols pays 5 times the stake, while five of the mid-level toucan, snake and jaguars are worth 10-12x the bet. Best values come from the three character high pays, where a full line of them awards 15 to 100 times the stake. Lastly, wilds help complete winning lines by subbing for all pay symbols and appearing on all five reels. Wilds are worth a bunch, too, up to 750x the bet for five on a line.
Legacy of Inca: Slot Features
Whilst a relatively straightforward game, Legacy of Inca does not have the same features going for as its tenuously related slot Legacy of Dead. Here, the only other symbol to keep tabs on is the scatter.
Landing 3 or more scatters anywhere on the gaming grid triggers free spins. A spinning wheel dictates how many free spins are awarded where it is possible to initially win 3-10, 15, or 20 free spins. At the beginning of each free spin, between 1 - 9 wild symbols are added to the second, third, and fourth reels. It is possible for wilds to land on reels 1 and 5 via reel spins as well. It's worth pointing out that 2, 3, 4, or 5 scatters in view also pay out 1x, 5x, 20x, or 100x the bet, respectively.
Landing 2 scatter symbols on a free spin awards Temple Spins. In other words, these are free spins within free spins and the wilds in view from the triggering free spins carry over to the Temple Spin round. As before, wilds may land on reel spins on reels 1 and 5. The number of Temple Spins is also determined by a Wheel of the Gods spin, which can be 3 - 8 spins. Further Temple Spins cannot be triggered as there are no scatters in Temple Spins. However, players return to regular free spins when Temple Spins end. The total number of free spins permissible is 55, including free spins and Temple Spins.
Legacy of Inca: Slot Verdict
After the examination, Legacy of Inca feels like a fairly strong addition to Play'n GO's extensive selection of Legacy/Dead/Book family of online slots. It looks great, digging in deep to fantastically recreate the Inca Empire, or Play'n GO's interpretation of it at least, and is very easy on the orbs. Hard to say how historically accurate it all may or may not be, but Legacy of Inca vibrates with life and reinforces the belief that the Incan Empire holds its own against any of the ancient civilizations popular in iGaming.
The initial suspicion was that Legacy of Inca would be a copy of Legacy of Dead, but the two games are rather different in the gaming department. Legacy of Inca shuns the 'book of' template in favour of a simple, though desirable, round of added wilds in free spins and a second layer Temple Spins section. At the same time, this formula does feel familiar, and Play'n GO has used the embedded free spins concept before in a slot which, for now, eludes recollection. Eagle-eyed readers are free to connect the dots, should they exist and fill in any gaps down below. Solid features are established, leaving just winning potential, and at 6,500x the bet, Legacy of Inca pips most regular 'book of' slots if we're making comparisons.
Ah, that's right, it came back now; the bonus round here is vaguely similar to the free spins within free spins action, which occurred back in Cat Wilde and the Lost Chapter. Not exactly the same, though, so while Legacy of Inca might not be like, 'wow, drop everything to check this out', it's about as sturdily put together as they get, looks stunning while keeping the features simple and to the point.
Legacy of Inca is a real Play’n GO special, delivering lush visuals, basic yet punchy features, and tempting potential on top.