John Hunter and the Mayan Gods is the latest adventure in the John Hunter series. You may be familiar with the name from Pragmatic Play’s other titles starring the adventurer. Set to release in December 2020, this title will see the explorer delve into the jungle, to discover ancient Mayan temples and long-forgotten tribes. The game board is in the shape of a golden structure, with ascending steps leading up to it. You will also see the titular John Hunter himself, although his image and the title font are eerily reminiscent to a certain whip-slinging archaeologist.
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On this adventure, you will traverse a 3×5 reel board with 10 paylines on it. Meanwhile, the minimum bet that you can place is 0.10, while the cap is 100. The maximum pay-out that you can score is 2,500x your bet, so a cool 25,000 can be won here. Pragmatic Play has rated the game as highly volatile; however, the Return to Player (RTP) is a standard 96.5%. This means that you should be able to get a good return on investment in the long run, but there are sure to be many ups and downs along the way. And, as most modern slots, this one is compatible with both iOS and Android, so you will be able to take your adventuring on the go.
The pay symbols in the slot all have appropriate forms, so as to fit in with the setting. The low-value ones are card symbols from J to A, while the higher-paying ones are a dagger, a chalice, a ring, a Quetzalcoatl, a Mayan chieftain, and the titular protagonist of the game. The various values of these can be found in the game’s payable. The premium symbols are Wilds and Scatters. The Wild symbol is a golden mask, which can appear on the middle 3 reels and will substitute any pay symbol when completing a match. The Scatter is a Mayan pyramid and is used to activate the free spins feature.
One of the features in the game are the expanding Wilds. When Wilds land on the board, they can expand to cover the whole reel. This increases your chance to match more symbols and earn cash. It also means that potentially, you could score up to 3 wild reels in one spin. Meanwhile, the main bonus feature in the slot are the free spins. These are activated by landing 3 or more scatter symbols. This will grant you 12 free spins, with a multiplier applied to their winnings. During these, you will level up when you land a Wild symbol. These will also grant additional free spins, so you can extend your stay here. Another way you prolong the feature is to land 3 Scatter symbols, which will reset you back to 12 spins. You can level up to a maximum of level 6, with each level applying a different game modifier. Upon reaching level 2, all goblet symbols will turn into daggers. On level 3, all daggers turn into rings. On 4 all symbols will split into 3 ones, while on level 5 all ring symbols will turn into Quetzalcoatls. Finally, on level 6, all chieftains will turn into John Hunter.
The Bottom Line
John Hunter and the Mayan Gods is an adventurous slot game, which despite its setting does not take many risks. Although the features are fun, they are still a pretty standard amount. The overall design is also engaging, and users already acquainted with the character will be quickly drawn in. If you are a player just beginning to dip their toes into highly-volatile slots, then this might be suitable for you, as there are not that many features to get confused over. And since the game has yet to come out, we will be sure to keep an eye out and update with any elements that might be added in the future.