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Montezuma Slot: Fun Facts

The past has always been fertile ground for slot game developers, and the ancient world, in particular, has proven to be incredibly popular with players. Think of how many games you’ve seen that are set in the times of King Arthur, the Vikings, or ancient Egypt, as well as games featuring quests through medieval or other historic settings, both real and imagined.

The ancient world of the Aztecs has proven to be one of the most popular slot themes in this category, and there are many outstanding slots that are set in these powerful and magical South American cultures. You will likely have played Gonzo’s Quest by NetEnt, for instance, or Microgaming’s Jungle Jim El Dorado, or perhaps tried your luck on Aztec Princess Warrior (Play’n GO).

However, one of the most successful and popular online slots with an Aztec theme is Montezuma, produced by WMS and distributed via Scientific Games.

The popularity of the game is demonstrated by the fact that there are now two versions available — the original 5 reel, 30 payline game, which was released in 2014, and the new and updated MegaWays edition, which came online in January 2020.

So who was Montezuma II?

Mexico Montezuma II

The central character of the game is Montezuma II, a figure who is well-known in history, but at the same the facts about him are not entirely clear.

·         Was Montezuma even his name?

We’re not even entirely sure what his name actually was. It’s been spelled over the years in a variety of ways, such as Moctezuma, Moteuczoma, Motecuhzoma, Motēuczōmah and Muteczuma, with his full name recorded as being Motecuhzoma Xocoyotzin.

·         When did he live?

Montezuma II was around at the beginning of the 16th century and was the ruler of Tenochtitlán (a kingdom located roughly where modern Mexico City stands today) from 1502 to 1520.

·         What is Montezuma II famous for?

He was ruler of his kingdom at the time when the Spanish Conquistadors invaded and was killed either by the invaders or his own people  — no-one is really sure. Nor is anyone particularly certain about how he reacted to the appearance of the Spanish in November 1519; for instance, he is reported to have met with Conquistador leader Hernán Cortés on his arrival, where he allegedly presented him with gifts and immediately ceded his kingdom to Spain.

At various stages during this troubled period of his reign, Montezuma II was taken prisoner by the Spanish, held as a hostage, and used as a pawn in battles the invaders had with other Aztec kingdoms.

·         Was Montezuma II a good ruler?

Fate has decreed that the name of Montezuma II is forever linked with the fall of the Aztec civilisation. How much he contributed to this is up for debate, but what is clear is that he was an unpopular leader even before the arrival of the Spanish, with many people resentful of his constant demands for tribute. It is, however, his indecisiveness in the face of the invasion that is held by many historians to have been the most significant factor in the ultimate demise of the Aztecs.

Did you know?

  • Neil Young’s song ‘Cortez the Killer’ features the figures of Montezuma II and Hernán Cortés, and is number 329 on the Rolling Stone list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
  • The figure of Montezuma II has appeared in numerous operas over the last 200 years, from Motezuma by Antonio Vivaldi in 1733, through to La Conquista by Italian composer Lorenzo Ferrero, first performed in 2005.
  • ‘Montezuma’s Revenge’ is the name given to the particularly aggressive form of diarrhoea that travellers and tourists often suffer when first arriving in Mexico.

Montezuma Online Slot Game

The popularity of Megaways slot games

Montezuma Megaways Slot

Montezuma is one of a growing number of popular online slot games that have been re-released as MegaWays games. Since Big Time Gaming released the first MegaWays slot Dragon Born in 2015, many game developers have utilised the technology to issue redux versions of their most popular titles, as well as new games designed specifically as MegaWays slots.

MegaWays games have proven to be so popular because of the variety of the gameplay, with the number of paylines changing with each spin, plus the fact that there can be up to 117,649 ways-to-win in play at any one time.

You can now play MegaWays slots by WMS, Scientific Games, Storm Gaming, Blueprint Gaming, Iron Dog Studio, Fantasma, Relax Gaming, Red Tiger and iSoftBet. Some of the best-known MegaWays slot titles include:

  • Book of Gods
  • Dragon Born
  • Temple Quest
  • Vikings Unleashed
  • Temple of Treasure
  • Legacy of Ra
  • Gods of Olympus
  • Dragon’s Fire

Montezuma slot — stand out features

Both the original 30 payline version of the game and the updated MegaWays versions have a number of stand out features that have contributed to its enduring popularity.

Most notable is the wheel in the form of an ancient Aztec calendar or sun stone. In the payline version of the game, the wheel is a wild symbol that can trigger the free spin bonus round, with the number of spins awarded determined by another spin of the wheel. The wheel also appears during the bonus feature at the top of the reels, spinning as the reels spin and awarding multipliers to every win.

In the ways-to-win game, the wheel is also a prominent feature, as it essentially acts as a row of reels and contributes to the number of lines in play on each spin. With the Montezuma Respin Wheel feature, the wheel can randomly spin again at any time, creating the potential for multiple wins from a single spin. In addition, the wheel acts as a multiplier during the free spin bonus round.

Although other games utilise a wheel for awarding bonus rounds or progressive jackpots (such as Mega Moolah), this is one of the most successful integrations of a big wheel feature into base play that we have seen.

Montezuma slot game symbols

Unsurprisingly, Montezuma II himself appears as the highest paying symbol in both versions of the game, where he is depicted wearing a warrior’s eagle headdress. Other symbols include his wife Teotlalco, and other iconic Aztec artefacts, including an eagle, a feathered headdress, a warrior mask and a double-headed serpent sculpture, believed to be the gift Montezuma II presented to Cortés at their first meeting.

The game’s characters and symbols are impressively rendered, and these high-quality visuals (plus a haunting soundtrack) have undoubtedly contributed to the success and popularity of both versions of Montezuma online slot game.

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