The great warriors of Maya, and their attractive symbols and masks. What can be a better introduction to good fun? This game is meant for all of us that enjoy historic Mayan features, and that is exactly what NetEnt offered us with Rise of Maya, the game with 5 reels, 3 rows, and 10 paylines in total. Interesting graphics and great gameplay boosted by the many great features and ways to win will keep you interested. With a lot of free spins and expanding wilds, the game's top payout is at 2500x total stake, which is great!
Deep in the jungle of Central America NetEnt placed this ancient temple for us. As it could be expected from this provider they did a great job with the graphics and appearance of the game. It has great gameplay enriched with various types of wilds and scatters. And all of that is a really big contributor to your attraction to this game.
The background of the game is enlightened with two fire pits on both sides of a screen. In the background is the big secret entrance hidden in an ancient colorful Mayan symbol. At first, it looks a little spooky, but when you start spinning the reels everything starts to be more colorful and bright. The music is in style with the background so you will definitely feel like you are on an ancient Mayans ritual. The sound of drums on the end of every spin makes this game, even more, hyped up.
The symbols also were made all Mayan themed. The low paid Royals are designed in Mayan style carved in stone, and for the win, you will need at least three of them in a line. High paid symbols are reserved for colorful ancient Mayan ceremonial masks that can bring you up to 250x win for five of a kind. And also the provider made a great job of making a two high pay symbol a minimum for a win, maybe the return for two is not much but still, the higher numbers of win are something we all like.
When it comes to wild and scatter symbols of the game it becomes even more interesting. The game has three wild symbols that are substituting for other symbols but the way they expand is different. The wilds symbol can appear on the reels as single and extend either for 1 position or to fill the reel.
There is also a scatter symbol that appears on the reels pretty commonly so the player gets awarded free spins pretty often, as they can be made of both scatter and wild symbols combining. Landing 3, 4 or 5 wild or scatter symbols gives you 10, 15 or 20 free spins. The reels where the triggering wilds and scatters are placed, become hot reels for the free spins. While in free spins, whenever a wild symbol lands on one of the hot reels, it automatically fills the column with a fully stacked wild. Every time a wild or scatter has landed on the reels, you get an additional free spin. There can be up to 24 free spins won this way.
There is also a bonus bet game, in which you are placing double bets. This will enhance your chances of scatters and wild symbols so the free spins are easier to get, and also when you get two wilds, you get a chance for a re-spin for a third wild or scatter.
One thing is for sure, there is a lot of games in this style already, but the providers have managed to make a difference with great graphics, symbols, and a variety of interesting features and wilds. It is definitely attractive and different, but still pretty simple and straight forward. The volatility of the game is set on medium to high, and that is something that many players are going to like.