Microgaming and All41Studios have collaborated to create Mayan Eagle, a slot game set in the heart of Central America. This game is notable for being the first to utilize the Nobleways mechanic, an innovative but not overly complex feature.
The game immerses players in a Mesoamerican setting, complete with step pyramids, temples, and carvings. The design of the 6 reel, 5 row game area is somewhat unbalanced, with symbols that are both too bright and dull. The rhythmical drumming soundtrack adds to the game’s ambiance.
Stake options range from 20 cents to $20. The game’s volatility is very high, with an RTP of 96.43% and a high hit frequency of 37.6%. However, free spins are rare, occurring once in every 434 spins.
The Nobleways mechanic is a key feature, offering 15,625 fixed win ways across 6 reels. Winning is straightforward, requiring three or more symbols in a left-to-right combination, with two or more needed for the golden mask. The Rolling Reels feature activates upon winning, replacing winning symbols with new ones and potentially creating a chain of wins.
Symbols include low pay 9-A royals and four high-value Mayan masks. Wild symbols appear on reels 2 to 5, substituting for regular symbols.
The game includes Mystery Symbols and Free Spins. Mystery Symbols can appear in any spin and transform into a matching symbol, except for the wild or scatter. They often arrive in groups of eight or more.
The free spins feature is particularly lucrative. Players receive 12 free spins when four M-A-Y-A scatters appear, with extra scatters adding more spins. A progressive win multiplier starts at x2 and increases with each Rolling Reel, without a cap. An additional 12 free spins are awarded for landing four scatters during this round.
Playing Mayan Eagle can be challenging, akin to navigating through dense jungle. The rarity of free spins can be frustrating, with a frequency of 1 in 434 spins. This high difficulty might work for a complex slot like Bonanza, but it feels less effective here.