The Maya civilisation took centre stage in both Mexico and central America for many centuries until the Spanish conquest in the 17th century. Famed for writing, art, architecture, mathematics, the first calendar, and their astronomical system, to this day the Maya Empire continues to fascinate. While many pokie makers have Mayan designs, Ainsworth’s trademark designs give Mayan Gold a vivid, sparkling feel.
With a non-regular reel setup, stacked wilds and expanding wilds, there is plenty to like about the game-play of Mayan Gold. Here is a summary of the highlights of this high variance slot:
To enter the free spins bonus feature you’ll need to land three or more ‘dollar’ scatter symbols. This is where things suddenly become interesting. The reels change from a unique 3-3-4-4-4 set up to a huge 9-9-12-12-12 set up. You’ll also find a series of welcome additions:
During the free spins feature you’ll also be able to retrigger at any time. Simply land three more dollar signs and five additional free spins are yours.
As with many Ainsworth pokies, you’ll receive a scatter win for simply triggering the feature in the first place. 3, 4 or 5 scatter symbols will pay an immediate 1x, 10x or 100x your total stake.
The unusual, expanded reel set up gives this game added excitement. This enables 100 win-lines to be in play, ensuring an all-action game. If 100 lines is too much for you, you do have the option to lower this any number between 1 and 30, and any multiple of 5 between 35 and 100. You can bet between 1 and 5 coins per line.
That dollar wild symbol plays an important role, as it will substitute for any other symbol apart from the scatter and is also the highest paying symbols in the game – worth 1,500 coins for the maximum five in a row. Other themed symbols include a temple, a colourful bird, a golden mask, an ivory gem and a yellow flower. Completing the symbols are the playing cards 9, 10, J, Q, K and A.
Occasionally you’ll see the appearance of a ‘Whopper Wild’ on reel 3, which will turn reels 3, 4 and 5 all wild – expect a potential mega win on these spins!
Mayan Gold has a striking backdrop. A tall golden temple looms large over the proceedings, with flames rising up the steps of the temple (possibly pointing to the destruction of the Mayan community). The ground at the bottom of the temple is scorched earth. All the while, the sun blazes in a dark, foreboding sky. The reels themselves are backed with golden inscriptions, housing the range of Mayan symbols perfectly.
If you like pokies with a difference, Mayan Gold might just be an ideal choice. The unique reel set up gives the base game a very different feel. Add in the stacked and whopper wilds, and you’re never more than a spin away from a huge win. The free spins feature is hugely enjoyable to play. The addition of all those wilds and multipliers and the ‘cash rose’ symbols make for a feature exiting – and gives Mayan Gold plenty of big win potential too.