The Mayan Mummy awakes in this Mayan Stackways slot with 5×4 reels that can open up as many as 100,000 winning ways thanks to special Stackways symbols.
It’s been a while since a slot game studio has tried to compete with the popular mechanics of Megaways slots, but here we are. Hacksaw Gaming would like to introduce you to its Stackways mechanics.
The Mayan Stackways mobile slot has special symbols that can show either 2 to 10 symbols and will show only one stack symbol on that reel. All 5 reels are filled with Stackways symbols, with stacks of the same 10 symbols that will trigger 100,000 winning ways.
But is that how you win the 10,000x, your bet max win? Nope. You have to play on the Mayan Gold free spin bonus (one of two free spin features), where you spin cash symbols and multipliers to top up your wallet.
Two free spins features? Beautiful Mayan graphics? Cute little symbols in the paytable and a huge top win? Where did they go wrong?
In the Mayan Stackways slot, RTP is set at a low 94.29%. It makes it hard to enjoy the base game as you spin with little action on the reels.
Instead, you need to hit at least 4 scatters. 3 only gets you to play 10 free spins with more Stackways symbols. It’s a nice little feature but, again, nothing strong enough to keep you going.
4 Scatters triggers a special mini-game where you catch Stackway symbols, cash coins and multipliers that is as exciting as playing on the Money Train 3 slot from Relax Gaming.
The question mark is because Mayan Stackways slot is not one thing or the other. When we hit the 4 scatter bonus, it was, quite literally, golden. We won’t over 500x our bet, and so much more is possible.
Meanwhile, you have to wait a while to hit anything worthwhile because this game is highly volatile, and the RTP is set so low.
This is a shame because we liked the new way it creates a multiway machine – it reminds us of the stacked all ways pay reels of the Diamonds of Egypt slot with the randomness of Megaways.
If Hacksaw Gaming could get those maths working not just for the casinos but for the players, we may even give future Stackways slots reviews 4 or more stars.
Related: Try more Hacksaw Gaming slots like the 5-star King Carrot slot which also comes with a 10,000x max win.
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|Mobile Slot released||May 2023|
|Slot type||Video Slot|
|Slot reels / paylines||5 Reels / 1024 Ways to Win|
|House edge / RTP||5.71% / 94.29%|
|Min/Max bet||0.10 / 25|
|Max win||10,000x your bet|
|Free spins||10 Free Spins / Richer Reels|
|Bonus rounds||Stacked Reels, Expanded Reels, Scatter, Free Spins, Instant cash Game, Richer Reels, Multipliers, Bonus Buy|
|Slot Themes||Adventure & Explorer|
Stackways: When the Stackways symbol lands on the reel, it can fill the reel with anything from 1 to 10 of the same symbols stacked high on that reel. The stacked symbols are chosen as the ones likely to create the most extended winning way. The stacking only triggers if a win can happen.
If you get 10 stacks high on all reels, you can open up a maximum of 100,000 winning ways.
Stack Spins: Land 3 Skull scatters to activate 10 free spins. During the free spins, you have a higher chance of landing Stackways symbols.
Landing the reel activator scatter symbol on a reel guarantees that a Stackways symbol lands on that reel on each remaining free spin.
A further 3 scatter symbols during the bonus give you an additional +4 spins.
Mayan Gold: Land 4 Skull scatter symbols, and you trigger this grid symbol game. The grid spins, and depending on what symbols land, you get different cash amounts and features.
The feature ends when stacked coins simultaneously lock all five reels.
A Golden opportunity: Landing 5 Skull scatter symbols simultaneously in the base game will start the Mayan gold feature with a value of 50 above all reels.
Buy Bonus: You can buy entry into the free spins with 3 scatters for 100x your bet and 4 scatters for 200x your bet.
What a shame that the low RTP of 94.29% affects our enjoyment of this Mayan Stackways slot review. There's no reason for it to be that low.
Wild Bison Charge slot could have a 12,000x your bet win with over 96% RTP, and even the Katmundu X slot managed a decent 95% RTP with a top win of 25,000x your stake.
There's no excuse.
That said, the Mayan Stackways slot on mobile is fun to play on tablets and phones thanks to its colourful graphics and two strong features. If you play, you won't necessarily be disappointed.
But we cannot pretend like we are adding this to our must-play casino slots list or much beyond its month of release.
Review by Lucky Mobile Slots, last updated: May 20, 2023 - Rating