You Buyin’ Mayan?
There are no buttons to be found beneath the reels. Instead, Nektan have put the required controls to the left and right of them; click the arrow to the right and the action will commence. Mayan Marvels is a 15 payline game with a line bet that can be set between 0.01 and 1, resulting in a max bet of 15 per spin.
Scatter is a half-moon arrow with the word SPINS which will activate free spins when you land three or more in view. Mayan Marvels has an RTP of 95.57% incidentally. In the base game, the playing card symbols – like all the other symbols – pay out as a multiplier according to your stake. ‘A’ for example is worth 150x for five in a row.
The themed symbols are various Mayan stone carvings with precious stones set into them. Five red gems are worth 450x. Wild is a golden statue that will substitute for all other symbols except for scatter. When it stacks to occupy an entire reel, that’s when you know a bumper payday is all but assured. There isn’t a whole lot else to describe, for Mayan Marvels is a simple slot, one where free spins are about as exciting as it gets. 30 is the maximum amount of spins you can win after landing three or more scatters in view.
The gameplay might be lackluster, but the theme of the slot is a solid one at least. Dating back as far as 3,000 years ago and leading a civilisation that lasted until the 17th century, Mayans really left their mark on areas of South America. Their architectural prowess is still held in awe today and, just like the ancient Egyptians, various theories have been floated as to how they achieved their impressive feats of structural engineering. Throw in the prospect of forgotten treasure locked away in ruined temples straight out of an Indiana Jones movie, and all the elements are here for a rip-roaring adventure.
Mayan we Suggest?
Mayan themed slots are in plentiful supply and if you’d like to try something with a similar theme, you have a wealth of options. Mayan Gold from the Ainsworth team is a 100 payline slot with an RTP of 94% and up to 8 free spins on offer. It’s not to be confused with Gold of Maya which is a 9-payline effort by Drive Media. Mayan Riches is another contender. The 40-payline slot has a 95% RTP and 5 free spins to be won, but graphically it’s a pretty poor effort it must be said. One final Mayan contender is Gamesys slot Mayan Mystery, which has 10 paylines and a selection of spooky carvings as symbols.
Mayan slots never seem to live up to their potential, promising a lot but delivering very little in terms of atmosphere and storyline. Mayan Marvels isn’t exactly a classic either, though in fairness it’s still a sight better than many of the other Mayan slots doing the rounds.
The graphics and symbols are reasonable but suffer from homogeneity – they all look alike in other words. In terms of gameplay, the usual free spins, administered by scatters, work well enough, but there’s no bonus game to liven things up. All told, Mayan Marvels is a passable effort, but one that could have been so much better.