Mayan Treasures Slot Machine
Slots based on ancient South American civilizations are hugely popular both at live casinos and online. Bally also has a game with this theme, in the form of Mayan Treasures. This slot looks great, the transparent reels with a stone calendar behind them are a great starting point – and the symbols themselves are detailed and attractive compared with Bally’s earlier slot games. There is also some game-play that stands out from many other slots. During the free spins bonus game you can win extra spins, and have any wins you hit multiplied by up to 3x with special wild symbols.
Some of the symbols in use are a little different to the usual South American history clichés. These include a necklace made of multi-coloured stones, a tree frog sitting on a leaf and some butterflies. There are also what looks like a Mayan statue and a jewelled bracelet. Playing card symbols are in use, though these look like they have been carved out of gemstones, which is a nice touch. There is a backing track in the bonus game, though during the main game you’ll get the computer sounds which are shared between most Bally slots. There are only limited animations, which is a shame in such a graphically rich slot.
Playing Mayan Treasures
This game uses the 5 reel, 4 row, 40 win line standard Bally setup. You cannot adjust the number of win lines, as these are fixed in place. The only thing to do before you spin is to set your bet amount. You can bet anything from 1c per line (40c per spin) up to a giant $10 or $400 per spin. Up to 25 automatic spins at a time can be set with via the auto-play button.
Wild symbols and the purple and gold statue and have the biggest regular prizes. These are 25x your total bet amount (Bally does not list their wins in coins like many other slot makers). Next comes the jewelled bracelet (12.5x) and the necklace, butterflies and frog all at 7.5x. There is an opportunity to win much bigger prizes in the bonus game. You will often find that multiple wins hit at the same time in this slot – thanks to the combination of 40 lines and the wild symbols.
Special symbols include the flower ‘Scatters’. These pay out for 3+ regardless of where they land on the reels. 5 of these will pay 100x your stake, with 20x for 4 and 5x for 3. The final symbols appear on reels 3, 4 and 5 only. These say ‘free’, ‘games’ and ‘bonus’. If you land all 3 you get 5 free spins and move to the bonus game.
Bonus Game for Mayan Treasures
5 spins might seem like a small reward for landing the bonus game. There are two reasons that this is better than it seems. First up, you can win more spins as you go. There are special wilds which appear on the 4th and 5th reels which add another free spin each time you hit them.
Second, there are special wilds with multipliers on them. These have 2x and 3x and multiply wins by those amounts. If you get a win which involves both of these, then the win will be multiplied by 5.
There is one extra possibility during this bonus game. If you get a regular wild on reel 1, the 2x and 3x wilds on reels 2 and 3 + the extra spin symbols in reels 4 and 5 all in a row, you get a special pay-out of 250x your spin amount.
Summary for Mayan Treasures
This is one of the better looking Bally slots, and does a great job of bringing a live casino favourite to your computer. The regular winning combinations are bigger than on some other games – and there is a chance to hit a scatter win of up to 100x in regular play. The bonus game is where all the action is with that sequence of wilds worth up to 250x and many other wins getting 2x or 3x multiplier.
About the Mayans
The Maya civilization was once dominant in what is now Mexico and Central America. Their peak was in the 6th century AD, though by the 9th century, most of their great cities and temples had been abandoned. They were finally wiped out by the Spanish invasion in the 16th century.
This was an advanced civilization, with agriculture, artwork and buildings that were in many ways ahead of many equivalents around the world. It is still the subject of debate among archaeologists and scholars as to why they went into decline around the 9th century.
Mayans worshipped gods which were tied in with the elements. For example the sun, moon and even corn had gods attached to them. Their kings were claimed to be related to the gods. The Maya are also famous for their calendar. Many people used this as ‘evidence’ that the end of the world was coming in 2012.