Mayan Rush: Slot Overview
In a move that feels out of character, Stakelogic has brazenly copied Yggdrasil's 2017 hit release Valley of the Gods, giving it a Central American makeover. The resulting slot Mayan Rush comes with practically everything found in the original, including the blocker tile removal mechanic. Along with this comes a Super Stake option which is a little more controversial than usual. Well, it's not exactly a debate about immigration reform but is something to consider before committing your coins to.
If you've played Valley of the Gods, or the follow up release Valley of the Gods 2, the view of Mayan Rush will be familiar when it appears on screen. Players get a 1-3-5-3-1 reel arrangement, while the remaining positions on the 5-reel grid are blocked to begin with. The goal of the game is to remove these blockers by landing winning combinations, thus increasing the default number of paylines from 45 all the way to 3,125 when the full grid is available.
As well as moving the action from Egypt to Central America, Stakelogic has also injected a dose of personality by including a couple of characters. One's an Indiana Jones lookalike (if played by Vince Vaughan rather than Harrison Ford), and the other is his sidekick – or vice versa. It's impossible to tell if the two explorers are related, colleagues or an item, so feel free to speculate. Which of the two games looks better comes down to personal preference, though Mayan Rush has a slightly more defined look, as you'd expect, since several years have passed since the original was released.
Players can join the Mayan adventure on any device, where bets from 25 p/c to £/€25 per spin are available. This is the base level, at least. Activating the Super Stake feature increases the cost while providing a benefit – covered in full below. There is no mention of whether the Super Stake affects RTP, where the default theoretical payback percentage is 96.05%. In any case, high volatility meant Mayan Rush was a very hot or cold experience during test runs. Long patches of base game blocker bashing passed by, with rare Rush Mode interludes when the blockers had been removed.
Symbols are comprised of 6 low pay golden jewelled icons of various animal shapes, while highs are represented by two Mayan people, the male adventurer, and the female. Landing winning combinations of five premium symbols are worth a payout of 10 to 20 times the bet. Like Valley of the Gods, there is no wild.
Mayan Rush: Slot Features
Most of the time is spent in the base game, removing blockers tiles. Should all be removed in a sequence, then you enter Rush Mode. In Rush Mode, symbols are assigned to a multiplier totem on the left-hand side, or a life totem on the right. Their colour is what sets them apart. The multiplier totem starts at x2 and the life totem at 1. When winning combinations land, the winning symbols involved fill the associated totem's meter. Collecting 5 symbols increases the respective totem value while losing spins deduct one from the life totem. Respins are awarded until the life totem drops to zero, then Rush Mode ends.
The other feature is the Super Stake. This is a common addition in Stakelogic slots and brings a unique benefit each time – for a cost. In Mayan Rush, activating Super Stake doubles the base bet. For the increased price, on a random losing spin, 3 respins may be awarded. When they start, a coin symbol is placed in the middle of the centre reel. These coin symbols remove blocker tiles above and below them. Each time a coin symbol lands, respins are reset back to 3. If all blocker symbols are removed, then coin symbol values are multiplied by x2. If 25 coin symbols are in view, their values are multiplied by x5. This feature ends when the reels are filled with coins, or no more respins are left.
Lastly, players may have access to a gamble feature. This is a standard pick-the-colour or suit of a card to double or quadruple your winnings.
Mayan Rush: Slot Verdict
Mayan Rush is one of those copycat slots where you think, damn that's ballsy. Often it's a little known designer trying to ride coattails or some shady outfit who can't come up with ideas of their own doing the replicating. Stakelogic is neither of those things, making Mayan Rush even more of a head-scratcher. Sure, ideas are passed around amongst studios like a blunt at a Cypress Hill concert, yet it is odd to see it done so brazenly by a well-established studio.
Right, now that's out of the way, on to the game which has all the ups and downs of the original. The blocker mechanic can be just as frustrating as exhilarating for one. Frustrating because you get close a lot, but don't quite make it, or trigger Rush Mode, just to watch it fizzle out after one, or maybe two, spins. However, there are those times when it all comes together, and you build a decent momentum during the bonus. Here, big wins should theoretically be possible, although exactly how big has not been made public at the time of writing.
The main change is the Super Stake feature which adds an interesting element, yet you pay for the privilege. Doubling the bet is pretty steep too. Usually, when Super Stake is used in a game, it enhances what is already there, like making free spins easier to trigger or whatnot. Paying double for a feature you wouldn't otherwise get feels a little off. It could be a hit, who knows, but it's a big whack of change to budget in.
Well, what can you say in summation? Mayan Rush is basically Valley of the Gods dressed up for a night out in the Yucatan Peninsula circa 750 AD. If you're cool with that, then it provides similar thrills as Yggdrasil's classic, if not more, though you do have to pay significantly extra to experience some of them.
There’s no real reason why you wouldn’t enjoy Mayan Rush, just don’t expect it to veer far from what Valley of the Gods offered.