This slot is nothing if not striking. The reels are transparent, with a huge stone carving in the style of the Mayan civilization behind. There are 5 reels and 4 rows of symbols, with 40 win lines – which mean frequent winning combinations on the reels the symbols are jewels, butterflies and masks – the classic symbols for this genre.
It is the combination of professional and often striking design with the years of experience in producing engaging slots which keeps Bally games popular. If you enjoy the historical genre of games, then make sure you check this out next time you visit a casino. You may also be able to play this slot online in certain jurisdictions.
Wins are very much geared towards the free bonus game – where you will find 3 different types of wild symbol – and for scatter wins. There are some bigger wins in the base game. When you see the pay table you will notice that these are listed as multiples of your overall bet, rather than in coins. The best wins are 25x that bet for 5 of the wild symbols or masks, and 12.5x for the gem-encrusted bracelet.
Scatter symbols pay out for 3+ on the reels regardless of whether they hit a win-line or not. These are the pink flowers. You can win a generous 100x your total stake for 5 of these anywhere on the reels, 4 are worth 20x and you’ll get 5x for just 3.
When you get the 3 symbols reading ‘free’, ‘games’ and ‘bonus’ on the center reels, you will trigger the free spins round. First you get a great graphic with a golden design, and when you get to the spins you will find stacked symbols on the reels and special wilds in play. You only start with 5 spins, and will need to get’ Extra Game’ wilds to increase that number. Each time you hit one anywhere on the reels you will get one more free spin. There are also 2x wilds and 3x wilds; these multiply any win which includes them by that amount (they do not multiply together unfortunately). It is the combination of stacked symbols (which can cover all 4 rows of a reel) and wilds together that can make this a very profitable bonus game.
The basis of Mayan Treasures is a tried and trusted setup used in many Bally games. There are 5 reels, each with 4 symbols and 40 (non-changeable) win-lines crossing them from left to right. There are a wide range of bet sizes available. The smallest is 40c (1c per line) and the largest is $400 per spin. You will find an auto-play option too.
Wild symbols (a stylized logo which simply says ‘wild’) combine with everything except the scatters to make up winning combinations. This also brings you the biggest win-line win, at 25x your bet (the mask is worth the same amount). After the bracelet (12.5x your bet for 5), the frog, necklace and butterflies share a prize at 7.5x stake. Playing card symbols are used for the smaller winning amounts. You will get paid for 3+ symbols from the left hand side. As with all Bally slots, the individual wins are not the main way to hit those bigger wins – this will happen when you get combinations on wins together, usually involving the wild symbols.
Sounds during the base game are the standard Bally electronic ones for wins and clicks for the reels stopping. When you get to the free spins game, there is a cheerful tune which plays. To my ears this did not sound particularly Mayan or even Latin American, though it is upbeat and not unpleasant. There are some basic animations, for example the extra spins moving up towards the section of the header which shows how many spins you have remaining.
This is an attractive and professional slot, and will certainly appeal to players who enjoy games in the historical niche. For me, there is a little too much focus on the bonus game in this one. The standard game is solid, though there is nothing interesting (other than standard wilds and scatters) going on. Things really do move up a gear when you hit the free spins game, with 2x and 3x wilds giving you big win potential. Obviously such a profitable bonus round cannot trigger too often, which tends to leave long stretches of the ordinary game play.
Overall, this is a solid Mayan themed slot, and is definitely worth taking for a spin the next time to spot it in a casino.