The Mayan people occupied much of what's now known as Central America, and they left behind huge pyramids and other ruins that are studied and known across the globe. Red Rake Gaming has put players in position to explore what this ancient culture had to offer with their Maya video slot.
The graphics are top-notch and include a highly detailed background screen as well as lots of related symbols on the reels of various types of pottery and other items. With that having been said, there's also a solid level of gameplay with multiple features and jackpots available, so there's a lot of excitement waiting to be had when you play this title.
Format and Layout
This game is set up in a way that provides a ton of action. You'll start with five reels and three horizontal rows, and there are 50 paylines that cannot be changed that run from left to right only. In addition to this, you'll see that there are three jackpots listed at the top of the screen. These are not progressives, but we'll get into them down below.
You'll choose bet sizes based around how much you'll be wagering on each spin as a total. This means the minimum bet is $0.50 with a maximum of $25, and your wins are multiplied by this total amount instead of by bet line wagers. If you'd like to know what a win would be listed as under the bet line wager system, then simply multiply it by a factor of 50.
Bonus Pyramid Symbols
The pyramid symbols are responsible for activating the bonus feature, but they also give scatter wins. No matter if you get three, four or five of them on the reels at once, and no matter where they show up on the game board, you'll always get the same 2x win (multiplied by your total wager).
Picking up at least three of this symbol at the same time activates the free spins feature. You'll get seven free turns, and giant symbols will cover the middle three reels to give you even better chances of hitting payouts than what you would get during the regular game.
If you're able to get the oversized bonus symbol on the middle reel, then three more spins are added to your total. Additionally, you can get one giant coin on that middle set of reels to activate the Mayan's Gold secondary feature.
Mayan's Gold Feature
Another way to trigger Mayan's Gold is to get at least six coins on the reels at the same time. When this happens, all coins on the game board will hold in place for three free spins, and when the feature runs out, you'll be able to collect all of the values of the coins.
You can also earn one of the three jackpots during this feature based on how many coins show up. Getting 15 coins on the reels gives the grand jackpot that's worth 2,000x. You can also pick up the 200x major jackpot or the 50x minor jackpot along these same lines.
Symbols and Payouts
Wild symbols do show up in this game, but they don't get specific payouts. Instead, the top paying symbol in the game is the orange face to the left with a 20x win for five of a kind. It's the only symbol to pay for just two of a kind also. From there, 10x wins can be had for the green face, the blue face or the yellow face looking to the left.
Things drop off on the pay table from there. There are five pieces of elaborate pottery that get players 2x or 1x wins, and we like how this works out because they didn't resort to something lazy like card rank symbols for the lower tiers of payouts.
Maya is designed to be a game that centers around a pair of features with lots of opportunities to get reasonably sized wins. Thanks to the high hit-rate and 50 paylines activated on each and every spin, players get lots of ways to get paid, which leads to a pretty smooth gameplay style with a reasonably low volatility. The top jackpots are pretty solid as well, so you can still take down some pretty big wins without the volatility getting too far out of hand, and that's the kind of thing that players seem to really enjoy for the most part.