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Rise Of Maya
The Wombat says: Those Aztecs might have been responsible for some nice looking pyramids and introducing chocolate to the world, but they also liked nothing more than to indulge in the sacrificial worship of small animals to appease wrathful gods.
What a bloodthirsty bunch! We´re on the other side of the American continent to the Ecuador Gold slot (Aztecs on that side).
And with a top win of 6,000x your bet up for grabs in the Rise of Maya slot- perhaps they’re not such a bad lot after all. This NetEnt game is set inside a temple dedicated to one of those frightening god fellas– but instead of terror and destruction, we’re hoping to get our hands on wins and spins!
So, let’s make like Indiana Jones, and the enter the Temple of Doom. You first Wombat fans, I’m right behind you…
Look and Feel
This slot takes you to terrifying spot Wombat Fans – creepy masks pop out at you from the reels, and torches burn bright fuelled by some kind of Mayan dark magic. The reels are flanked by burning pits, too.
As for soundtrack? Well it’s all very quiet, except for the odd chime and some drums when you scoop a win – which seems to make things even more atmospheric. A great example of an immersive lot, so well done to those NetEnt design blokes. We do love a decent ancient them like the Dawn of Egypt slot and this one fits right into that category.
Rise of Maya Slot Game Play
Rise of Maya slot has 5 reels, 3 rows and 10 paylines. Bets start at 0.10 coins and go up to 75.00 coins. Compare that to Play’n GO’s Legacy of Egypt slot which has 30 paylines. That´s another great game from the ancient world.
Your symbols on the reels include: the creepy masks of the Mayan Gods as your represent the high value symbols and the 10, J, Q, K and A playing cards in ornate Mayan script make up the lower values.
There 3 different kinds of Wild symbols in the game; the standard Wild, the expanding Serpent Wild, and Serpent Stacks. All of them are beautifully designed up as elaborate golden icons and have different game play functions. But more on these bad boys later…
The Scatter looks a lot like the Wild, but has a gold inset instead of a red one… Keep your eyes peeled for it.
Free Spins and Bonuses
This NetEnt cracker is jampacked with Expanding Wilds, Nudge Scatters, Free Spins, and a Bonus Bet with Re-Spins. Where’s a wombat supposed to start?!
As we mentioned, there are 3 Wilds on offer: a single Serpent Wild with the usual substitution role, expanding Serpent Wilds, and the Serpent Stacks.
The expanding Serpent Wild symbols expand either up or down, while the Serpent Stacks appear only in Free Spins and will cover the entire reel by transforming into a full length snake. Cool!
Oh yeah. And landing 3x of standard Serpent Wild symbols activates the Free Spins Bonus as well as the Scatter Symbols – which is a nice touch.
Land 3x, 4 x or 5x of Wild and/or Scatter symbols in any combo and you’ll set off the Free Spins round which means 10, 15 or 20 Free Spins for you.
Next, you’ll be transported to new reels (with some more scary Mayan mask gods on either side). The reels which contained the symbols that triggered off the Free Spins, will now become hot reels during Free Spins round and any wilds that land with turn into Serpent Stacks covering the entire reel.
This could means 3 fully stacked reels on any given spin, which, as you can imagine makes for some fun play!
And there’s more good news! You can also re-trigger the Free Spins by landing 3x more Scatter Symbols.
This feature is activated randomly whenever there’s a no-win spin, both in the main game and Free Spins. In this feature, Wild or Scatter symbols that are half on or off the reels are nudged back into play.
Bonus Bet: Second Chance Scatter
Feeling adventurous Wombat Fans? Course you are! As you’re currently spinning the reels in a creepy Mayan temple…
The Bonus bet is an extra wager for those of you who want to up the ante. It will cost you double the stake but whenever two Wild or Scatters appear on the reels the remaining reels will re-spin for a chance at landing a third to trigger the Bonus. Is it worth it? We’ll let you decide. But if you’ve been waiting a while, it could be the just the ticket. The bonus bet feature may not be available in all countries.
Rise of Maya slot is a good addition to NetEnt’s stable of games, with some great visuals and a cracking bonus. In the base game, it’s those Serpent Wilds that will keep you entertained. If it’s available in your country you might like to try the bonus bet (if you’ve got the budget) as the Free Spins round is where you’re most likely to make any wins.
Wombat score: 5/5
This game is not available to player from the UK, why not try Gonzo’s Quest from NetEnt instead?
Players from New Zealand can still play this cracking pokie here at Wombat Casino!