NetEnt is no stranger to slots inspired by ancient civilizations. After the release of Gonzo’s Quest and Temple of Nudges, the Swedish slot specialist is readying the Rise of Maya. It promises to be a feature-rich slot, so let’s see what do we know so far.
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The Rise of Maya is a 5-reel, 10-payline slot playable across desktop and mobile devices and accepting bets in the range 0.10 – £150 per spin. It falls into the med-high volatility range, which is a nice thing to know given the low variance titles NetEnt has been churning out lately.
The symbols you will land during your gameplay include the standard low-value Royals, as well as better paying Mayan masks in different colours. The presence of 4 wilds is probably the most competitive advantage of the slot, but the scatter nudge also has its role in the gameplay.
The scatter nudge can come into play after a losing spin and add wilds or scatters to the reels thus giving you a chance to pocket a win after all.
The Rise of Maya has one standard wild symbol, two expanding serpent wilds, and Serpent stacks wild with the latter appearing in the free spins round only.
Land at least 3 wild or scatter symbols in one spin to get 15 free spins. In addition, the reels on which the wild/ scatter symbols landed are turned into Hot reels, where the Serpent stack wild appears.
Bonus Bet Feature
After the controversy the Buy Free Spins feature provoked, game suppliers were quick to come with various solutions. NetEnt have chosen the bonus bet approach. Rise of Maya players have the chance to activate a Bonus Bet feature that increases their chances of triggering a bonus feature.
The exact name of the bonus bet feature is Second Chance Scatter & Second Chance Scatter Respin. When you land either 2 scatters or 2 wilds, the reels that do not possess special symbols respin and eventually boost your payout.
The Rise of Maya is a far cry from being a unique slot with groundbreaking features, but the available ones definitely meet and even exceed the requirements of a casual player.
*This is preliminary information and some in-game details might be missing. We will update this review once the slot goes live.