It was 2000 BC that the first developments in agriculture and the earliest villages of the Maya civilization were established while Mayan cities their immense temples became to appear around 750 BC. Until today, we’re lucky to be able to visit these treasures in the Northern Central American region including Southern Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, and Honduras.
Take Chichen Itza, for example, a masterpiece I saw with my own eyes while the sun came up, a historical experience blend with nature’s beauty! But I have to admit that it’s hard to imagine that thousands of years ago, an entire civilisation built these miracles. Not just for a cool Instagram picture or a meaningless selfie, no, these exceptional structures were built with religion in mind, making them more important for the people than anything else.
The Pyramid of Kukulkan, for example, which still stands proud in Chichen Itza, was built to honour the feathered serpent god. During my visit, I also learned that human sacrifice did occur, although rarely, at these type of temples. Mayan and Aztec often meet in modern civilization in jewellery, tattoos, and souvenirs, but their beliefs and symbols differ a lot as the Aztec sacrificed humans daily in the belief the sun would not rise otherwise. This, and many other rituals from the old civilisation, make these temples worth a visit, and again not just for the meanless selfie!
Chichen Itza is now one of the new seven world wonders as we finally start to realise that these structures deserve to be treated with more respect. Not only for the remaining Maya, still living on the same lands their ancestors did, practising the same rituals in some modified form, but also because next generations deserve to enjoy some of the world’s most amazing structures all over the world!
If you ever had the dream to visit the Mayan temples and learn about this ancient civilisation, but you don’t see yourself crossing the world anytime soon, take this chance to experience at least some of this ancient history in Rise of Maya™. You’ll be taken deep into a long lost age-old temple to the altar of an ancient god whos power was believed to have vanished off the earth. Maya’s history is found in each symbol appearing on the five reels including the ouroboros, an ancient symbol of a snake or serpent eating its own tail, signifying infinity or the cycle of birth and death. The ouroboros can be found on the Wild/Scatter with in the middle the Aztec Sun God, making this history-rich NetEnt slot a true recommendation. Meanwhile, you’ll be enjoying features such as the Serpent Wild, Free Spins with hot reels, Serpent Stacks, a Bonus Bet, a Second Chance Scatter, and Re-spins.
The history behind the Mayan temples is definitely not for beginners, but the Rise of Maya™ slot, however, is a great slot for the less experienced slot players thanks to a simple and uncomplicated gameplay and the minimum bet of 0.10. The maximum bet is 75.00 and this might not sound too excited for experienced online casino players, but the fact that Rise of Maya™ is a fast-paced game might attract some of them anyway. No matter if you prefer a small bet or you love to play with higher bets, the 10 Bet Levels and the 7 different coin values will help you to find the perfect bet!
Rise of Maya™ slot features
While NetEnt will take you on a journey back in time to discover the ancient Mayan civilization and their temples, you’ll enjoy a feature-rich game set inside one of these age-old temples full of long-forgotten treasures just like this is the case in the Temple of Nudges™ video slot. The beautifully drawn symbols will help you to immerse inside the world of the Mayans. While you find yourself within one of their temples, triggering the Free Spins feature will take you to a chamber deeper into the temple where the god’s magic runs strong, and statues and icons of mystical creatures will surround you.
Before this happens, there’s a big chance you’ll bump into a Wild symbol as there are an amazing 4 of them available. There’s the single Serpent Wild, 2 Expanding Serpent Wilds, and Serpent Stacks. The expanding Serpent Wild symbols expand either up or down, and may or may not cover the entire reel. The Serpent Stacks appear only during Free Spins on hot reels where it will cover the entire reel.
If the game isn’t packed enough with fun yet, you can always be pleasantly surprised by a Scatter Nudge in case of a no-win situation. A Scatter Nudge is activated randomly when no winning combinations appear on the reels during both the main game and Free Spins. During a Scatter Nudge, Wild or Scatter symbols are nudged onto the reels with a chance to win after all.
Make sure the Mayan gods will be on your side by activating the Bonus Bet. You’ll pay twice the bet, but the increased chance of activating a video slot feature is well worth it. When the Bonus Bet is activated, you’ll have a chance to trigger the Second Chance Scatter™ and Second Chance Scatter™ Re-Spins which will lead to more excitement and bigger wins.
When three or more Wild symbols and Scatter symbols in any combination land anywhere on the reels in the main game, you’ll get a chance to experience the Mayan world of gods. The reels that are involved in activating the Free Spins feature, will become hot reels where Serpent Stacks will expand to cover the entire reel. Additional Free Spins can be won during Free Spins.