Mayan Marvels Slot Unearths Mobile Jungle Treasure
The wealthy Maya civilisation of Central America, which was at its height around 2,000 years ago, had suffered centuries of internal warfare, climate change and decline when Spanish conquistadores arrived in the 1500s to complete its destruction. Great Mayan cities and monuments, produced by a culture with advanced architecture, mathematics, art, writing, astronomy and stone-working skills, had already been lost to the tropical jungle for hundreds of years. Mayan treasures of gold and gemstones, in royal tombs cocooned in impenetrable vegetation, may still lie undiscovered today. This is the theme Nektan embraces with its Mayan Marvels slot.
Designed as a online slots casino game for Dubai players, the Mayan Marvels slot can be played via desktop or laptop, in demo mode or for real stakes. Controls are at the reel edges for easy touchscreen access; with the Spin button on the right, and a choice between Menu or Stakes and Lines on the left. Players can set any number of paylines from 1 to 15 and vary the bet per line in five stages from 0.01 to 1.00. The five reels have three rows interacting with the paylines.
Theme Heavy on the Stonework
By including a lot of stonework in its Mayan theme, the Mayan Marvels slot does present a colour palette that is a little drabber than most Nektan titles. Greys and browns predominate, with only the greens of the vegetation, multi-coloured jewels and the golden treasure catching the eye. The backdrop is a typical Mayan tomb, its walls built of interlocking asymmetrical blocks without any need for mortar, only half-cleared of jungle foliage. Through a breach in the wall, a glistening golden hoard is viewed, in front of which the transparent reels spin in a delicately carved stone frame.
As usual, Nektan has pressed playing-card values into service as low-value symbols. The 10, J, Q, K and A are characters rough-hewn from stone, all equally brown and unadorned. All Mayan Marvels slot symbols require three or more matches in succession on a payline to win, and all winning combos must start on the leftmost reel. Playing-card symbols win 100X the payline bet for five 10s or Js, 150X for five Qs or Ks, and 200X the line bet for five As.
Gods Wrought in Stone, Gold and Jewels
The higher-value Mayan Marvels slot symbols include four Mayan gods, each a head carved from a different shade of rock and set with a massive matching sapphire, opal, emerald or ruby. The gems are inscribed with Mayan numerals, so quite a few aspects of the culture are packed into each icon.
For five matches, these icons pay 300x, 350X, 400X or 450X the line bet respectively. The top payline symbol is the Mayan Marvels slot’s logo, also carved from stone, but embellished with gold accents. For five of a kind, it wins 500X the line bet.
Standard Wild and Free Spin Options
The Mayan Marvels slot’s Wild can appear on Reels 2 to 5 only, so it has no prizes for matching Wild combinations; it can function only to replace other payline symbols and complete wins. However, like all the symbols the Wild can arrive stacked over two or all three windows on the reel. When matching-symbol and Wild stacks line up from Reel 1, wins can be significant.
A bright circular arrow marked Spins is the Mayan Marvels slot’s Scatter. Three or more in any windows activate a bonus round of 30 free spins, and this can be re-triggered during the round a number of times.