We head to the sacred Temple of the Mayans as we seek those serpent wilds that will give us gold after gold in this Rise of Maya slot game.
NetEnt slot machines are never just fruits – they almost always have some wonderful themes and animations to draw you in and make you want more.
And this Rise of Maya mobile slot does just that: set deep in a golden temple, with flickering lights giving you just enough of an atmosphere to make you wonder what kind of sacrifice you’re are going to have to make to survive.
Thank-fully, as this has only 10 paylines, the minimum bet here is only 0.10 a spin, meaning that the first few spins don’t have to cost you much. Which is a good thing; sometimes it’s good to know you can bet low and increase all the way to the max bet of 75.00 a spin.
Why would you want to? Well, if you do, you can win the top amount of 1 million in cash. That should get your attention.
How about a wild that also acts like a scatter? Or maybe a wild that expands one up or down, but not the whole reel? Or how about a wild that does expand to cover the whole reel every time?
Well, you get all three: except the third you only get during the free spin bonus rounds of this Rise of Maya online slot.
How do you trigger the bonus games? You get 3 or more wilds on the screen, and you can win up to 20 free spins. Any wilds that land on the reels, will turn that reel ‘Hot’: which just means that any wild symbol that lands will expand and cover the whole reel.
The good news is that there are lots of wilds around, so you will trigger the free spins, and get those wild reels, fairly often. We’ve won over 100x our bet on a good round.
How? By adding a bonus bet to the side of the reels which will literally double your bet. Usually, we like games with superbet, but this Rise of Maya slot review loses a star because of it.
If NetEnt had kept it simple, all about those wilds and those free spins, we would have enjoyed a well constructed South American game.
But that Bonus bet made us itch to turn it on because it significantly increases your chances of catching wilds and getting those free spins. But is it worth twice your bet? Could this feature not have cost an eighth of the bet, like in the Yggdrasil Golden FishTank slot, for example?
We will that it increases how much the free spins pay significantly: from 47.9% to 72.3%. Which is great, but the overall of the RTP doesn’t actually increase by all that much: from 96.12% to 96.42%.
A little too rich for our taste and a little too dangerous. But if you know video slots, and want to take a gamble on a game all about the bonus rounds, then take a spin on this Rise of Maya slot machine.
|Mobile Slot released
|Slot reels / paylines
|3 Reels / 10 Paylines
|House edge / RTP
|3.88 - 3.58%% / 96.12%
|0.10 / 75
|Up to 20 free spins / Hot Reels gives you expanded wilds
|Wild, Free Spins, Bonus Bet, Scatter Nudge
Wild Symbols: The single serpent is the wild symbol and can be used to replace any other symbol.
You can get expanding wild serpents, which will expand either up or down, and may or may not cover the whole reel.
The serpent stack symbol appears only in the free spins on 'hot reels' and do cover the entire reel.
Scatter Nudge: This activated randomly on a non-winning spin. You may find that the reels nudge to show up a wild / scatter symbol onto the reels.
Free Spins: 3 or more wild and scatter symbols in any combination, will activate the free spins. The reels where the wild landed on will become hot reels, which means that any wild symbols that land in the hot reels, will expand to cover the whole reel. Any wild symbols that land outside of the hot reels can also turn into hot reels.
Activating the Bonus Bet: For double your bet you activate the second chance scatter re-spin. If you get 2 wilds, the other non-wild reels will respin to give you a chance to get more wilds.
Rise of Maya on mobile looks as good as you'd expect for a casino game by NetEntertainment. It's pretty, it's exotic, and with those bonus bets and golden reels, make you feel like there's more happening than there is.
But there isn't.
Rise of Maya slot is a 5x3 reel slot with wilds that also act like scatters, and trigger up to 20 free spins, where the wild expands in the 'golden hot reels'.
And with that alone, it has plenty to give. This is a high variance and incredibly volatile game, where you can win over 6,000 times your bet: which is the strongest selling point. If you're an all or nothing type of person, then Rise of Maya is for you.
If not then maybe the Arcane Reel Chaos slot may be for you.
Review by Lucky Mobile Slots, last updated: December 28, 2020 - Rating