Rise of Maya Slot Review

Try and discover the hidden riches of a lost central American civilisation in the Rise of Maya slot. Created by NetEnt, it’s a superbly designed 5 reel, 10 payline slot game that comes with some cracking extras. Nudging reels can turn losing spins into winners while combinations of wilds and scatters can trigger the free spins round where expanding wilds are also in play on special Hot Reels. Up your stakes to activate the Second Chance feature which boosts your chances of landing the bonus round. Play from between 10p and £75 per spin.

Cracking design

There’s a dark, oppressive feel to the visuals in Rise of Maya which are superbly done. The setting is the interior of an ornate Mayan temple. On the reels you’ll find stylised A to 10 symbols as well as 5 rather creepy burial masks. The most rewarding mask pays up to 250 times your stake (for 5 across a payline). The gold serpent is the wild which replaces all the standard symbols.

Scatter Nudge

The Scatter Nudge feature can trigger at random on any losing base game spin. The reels can nudge up or down and add wilds and scatters onto the screen to create a new winning combination or better still, a trigger of the Free Spins feature.

Free spins

The Free Spins feature is activated by landing 3 or more wild or scatter symbols anywhere on the reels on the same spin. The reels that included wilds on the triggering spin become Hot Reels during the initial 15 free spins. Any Serpent Stack wilds that land on these reels during the feature expand to turn the whole of the reel wild. You can also win more free spins with 24 available altogether.

Activate the Bonus Bet

You can boost your chances of landing the Free Spins feature by activating the Bonus Bet: Second Chance Scatter feature. This doubles your stake but brings extra wilds and scatters into play. If you land 2 wilds or scatters on the same spin, you’ll receive a re-spin which will give you the chance to land the all-important third and trigger the Free Spins feature.

2,500 x stake wins

Classy design and some top features are usually what’s on the menu from NetEnt and that’s just what you’ll find in the Rise of Maya slot. The intricately designed imagery is very impressive and the expanding wilds can be well worth hitting. The range of extras isn’t massive but the Hot Reels in the Free Spins feature can lead to plenty of wild reels – if you combine this with the high value masks, you could win up to 2,500 times your stake on each spin.

For simple gameplay that’s easy on the senses, you’ll do just fine with Rise of Maya. If you want a game with a similar theme, look no further than NetEnt’s Gonzo’s Quest slot which comes with Avalanche reels and multipliers up to 15x in the feature.