Beat the Beast: Quetzalcoatl’s Trial

Beat the Beast: Quetzalcoatl’s Trial Slot Review

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    Overall Score


    A fun, if simplistic video slot that will appeal to Thunderkick fans and those who enjoy high variance gaming with an Aztec theme.

    Game Information

    • Name: Beat the Beast: Quetzalcoatl’s Trial
    • Game Suppplier: Thunderkick
    • RTP: 96.16%
    • Variance: High
    • Maximum Win: 5,555x
    • Progressive Jackpot: No
    • Reels: 5
    • Rows: 3
    • Paylines: 9


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    About Beat the Beast: Quetzalcoatl’s Trial

    Thunderkick are a relatively young game developer who have been around for less than a decade. In that time they have produced a collection of more than 50 top quality online slots with a variety of cool themes and quirky features. This title is part of the Beat the Beast series and is set against a backdrop of Meso American culture, and more specifically, the deity of Quetzalcoatl, a feathered serpent with mystical powers. In this instance the features are pretty straight forward – wilds and free spins are the only enhancements to the basic gameplay, but its fun stuff nonetheless, and the high risk levels will appeal to those who like chasing down big wins.

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    What We Liked

    • Colourful Aztec-themed graphics
    • Multi-level Free Spins
    • Symbol Upgrades feature
    • Part of a series of themed slots

    What We Didn't like

    • Limited features

    About The Developer

    • Name: Thunderkick
    • Established: 2012-01-01
    • UK License: 040165-R-320747-006
    • Total Games: 55
    • Known For: Quirky, eccentric slots with fun features and distinctive designs
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    RTP and Variance /10

    What is RTP?

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    What is Variance?

    Variance refers to how far a game will deviate from its RTP over time. High variance games deviate a lot and produce uneven win distributions and unexpected windfalls. Low variance games provide a more stable and even distribution of wins. Read more here.

    Thunderkick have built a game that plays out on a standard 5 reel and 4 row set-up with just 9 active paylines in play at any one time. The background to the reels is typically striking, like the artwork in all theis lots. There are high mountains engulfed in hazy clouds, whilst the reels themselves are populated by colourful Aztec symbols.  The RTP is just above average for an online slot at 96.16%, whilst the minimum bet value is 10c.  The volatility is set to high and the biggest wins are capped at 5,555x.

    If you’ve played the other games in the Beat the Beat series like Kraken’s Lair, Cerberus’ Inferno and Mighty Sphinx then you will be familiar with the look and feel of this one, as well as the uneven win distribution. The gameplay is untuitive whilst the graphics are eye catching and fun.

    Paytable /10

    Aztec themes are not uncommon in online slots so most likely players will have seen this kind of imagery before. Icons on the reels include axes, amulets, Indian headdresses, serpents heads representing the beast of the games title and goblets for wine. The serpents are the highest value of all at 250x for 5 on a payline, whilst the amulet triggers 50x for five, the headdress 40x for five, and the axe gets you 30x for 5 on a line. There are also low value icons represented by the card suits.

    Notably, in this game you only need to land two of the top-paying symbols to trigger a win, and three of the lower paying ones. Look out as well for the wild which is represented by the golden Quetzalcotalogo – this is both the Wild, which can sub for all other icons to trigger wins, and the scatter, which is needed to trigger the free spins round.

    Our Verdict 9.0/10

    Beat the Beast: Quetzalcoatl’s Trial is another strong release in the Beat the Beast series of games from Thunderkick. The artwork and theme are original and striking. However, the simplistic features make the overall experience a little underwhelming. The symbol upgrade feature is also one that we have seen executed better in another game from the same developer – Pink Elephants. In that instance the 4,096 payline game engine provided more winlines and the quirky theme provided a more compelling proposition for players. What we do like here however is the 5,555x top jackpot – a superb top prize that will be tough to trigger but could be accessible if you get on a good run, keep re-triggering the free spins and land multiple Green Wilds in a row.

    In summary, this slot offers strong visuals, simple but enjoyable gameplay and a nice top payout. If you have played other Beat the Beat games and enjoyed them then you will get a kick out of this one. However, it does lack the originality or variation to go down as a classic and those looking for something with more depth may want to look elsewhere.