Book of Maya Slots
Book of Maya is a slot which captures the essence of the Maya civilization which dominated large parts of the American continent in historical times, including parts of Mexico, Honduras and El Salvador. This game is part of a group which includes the very popular “Book of Ra” slot, this original game with an ancient Egyptian theme. This slot plays in a very similar way to the original game, although of course, the symbols now reflect the Mayan theme, though the same explorer found in the original game also appears as a central character here. In this game you’ll find the Book of Maya symbol taking center stage as both the wild and the scatter, while also activating the free spins feature.
How to Win on Book of Maya
The Indiana Jones style explorer is the top paying symbol on the reels, worth 5,000 coins for landing the maximum five in a row. A green glowing female statue pays 2,000 coins for five in a row, while another statue, this time golden, is joined by a beast’s head, both of which are worth 750 coins. Each of these symbols pay out for two or more in a row, while all of the remaining playing card (10, J, Q, K and A) symbols require three or more in a row.
You can opt to gamble after any winning spin. You’ll be shown a face down playing card and aim to predict whether it will be red or black. Predict wrong and your win is gone, but get it right and you’ll double your money, with the opportunity of gambling up to 5x in a row.
Opening the Book of Maya Bonus Features
The most important symbol in this game is the Book of Maya itself. Firstly this acts as the wild, substituting for any other symbol on the reels, enabling many additional wins. However, unusually, you’ll also find that the Book of Maya is also the scatter symbol. This offers an immediate payout of up to 2,000 coins when appearing three times or more across any of the reels. However, three or more of these scatters also sees you enter the free spins bonus round.
Before the start of the feature, the Book of Maya will now flip open and show a selection of symbols from the slot on each page. The book will eventually come to a stop and the symbol showing on the page at the time will become the central one during the feature. This symbol will now expand to fill an entire reel when it will lead to a win, while you’ll also find that this symbol pays out in the same way as a scatter. For example, if the chosen symbol appears on reels 2, 3 and 5, you’ll gain the payout for 3 in a row. The ideal scenario sees this chosen symbol appearing on all 5 reels, meaning they will expand to fill the entire slot with the symbol, ensuring every win line pays out for 5 in a row.
You’ll also find an ‘extra bet’ feature, where you are given the chance to earn bonus re-spins during the feature, with the chosen symbols remaining in place and only the other reels spinning.
Design and Setup
The game is set against the backdrop of ancient green Mayan stones with green reeds winding their way down the stones. The symbols on the reels all look impressive and this is only added to by the animation you’ll find when any of the symbols form part of a win line. The control panel beneath the reels is a neat and compact one, completing the impressive design.
This Novomatic designed slot has the standard five reels, each of these three rows high when the reels come to a stop. The game has a total of 10 win lines and you’ll simply multiply your chosen coin value by this number to give you your total stake for each spin. The auto play is perfect, simply hit the button to set it in motion and then hit it again to stop it.
The original ‘Book of Ra’ slot was a popular game and there is no doubt that this game is every bit as good. In fact, with the extra ‘bonus bet’ you could even say that it is an improvement. Having the same symbol act as a wild and the scatter is an original idea which sets this game apart, while the free spins bonus round offers the opportunity of some huge wins.