Thursday, April 24th, 2014
Fans of IGT’s Coyote Moon will instantly fall in love with the studio’s latest offering, Mayan Riches.
Coyote Moon itself is a prequel to the popular Wolf Run and Wild Wolf, with Mayan Riches expanding that universe even further.
Coyote Moon players will instantly recognise the features and mathematic model in Mayan Riches that made the former an instant hit.
Mayan Riches though, with its massive £250,000 maximum win and retriggerable bonus round, offers players an entirely new theme to explore and enjoy.
So, let’s do some digging…
Familiar in style to previous IGT titles, Mayan Riches’ artistic visuals and energetic theme guarantee a fresh experience with every minimum bet.
Newcomers will be hooked; Mayan Riches has a habit of pulling you in thanks to its active playline customisation options (up to 40).
And the payoff is worth it thanks to the way Mayan Riches multiplies your line bets. Line wins pay from left to right, with multiplied line bets offering serious jackpots.
A Familiar Bonus Round
It’s one of the reasons we fell for Mayan Riches. Its frequent payouts seem to keep topping up your enjoyment as you play … basically, the session is never a bore.
And that’s largely thanks to the game’s clever use of its Wild Symbols system.
Wild Symbols take the form of a Mayan temple. Think of them like a blank Scrabble tile; if two of the same icons show up on the same payline alongside a Wild Symbol, then the Wild Symbol will act as a third icon, completing a winning sequence.
The system is balanced well and never made us feel like we were getting away with an easy win, whilst also keeping us interested enough to keep playing.
For all the ancient charm of the Mayan Riches theme, bonus rounds are a pretty straightforward affair.
Represented by BONUS icons players advance to the round if they get three icons anywhere on the middle three reels.
As a treat, you’ll be handed a generous instant reward, a doubling of your total bet and five free spins.
It’s also retriggerable. Getting three BONUS icons in a row during your time playing the bonus round will grant you another five free spins.
Pair that with Mayan Riches’ four paylines and five columns and there’s plenty there to keep the avid slot gamer entertained.
Detractors will point out that Mayan Riches, with the same algorithm as Coyote Moon, is essentially the same game wearing different clothes.
That would do the excellent Coyote Moon as much a disservice as Mayan Riches.
Both are fantastic slot games in their own right, with IGT going to great lengths to freshen a winning formula with an attractive historical Central American theme.
Not much beats getting a payline of Mayan Chiefs, while the generous nature of Mayan Riches’ bonus rounds make this the perfect slot for players that like games with character.
You’re not just discovering an ancient civilisation with Mayan Riches, but also hours of fun and the promise of rich rewards.