Yucatan’s Mystery: Overview
Players, douse yourselves in mosquito repellent for a tour of the steamy Central American jungle in Red Tiger’s slot Yucatan’s Mystery. Whatever could the mystery be, we hear you ask? Well, for one, all of those statues, carvings, headdresses, and glowing symbols come across as a bit mysterious. However, the answer lies in the game’s features which revolve around Mystery Coins of varying sizes – in both the base and bonus game. All will be revealed when you read on…
First, a quick word on the theme. Due to its relative isolation, the Yucatan Peninsula was apparently able to develop a distinct culture up until fairly recent times. Since Yucatan’s Mystery deals in ancient civilisations, we are mainly concerned with the Mayans and the Toltecs of the area. The Mayans are perhaps the more well-known of the two, and imagery such as step pyramids dominate the game.
Set in a dimly lit cavern, or temple, flanked by a couple of unusual totem-like pillars, the action takes place on a 5-reel, 30-payline game area. RTP is ever so slightly down on 95.75%, which is not uncommon from Red Tiger, while volatility rests on a high setting. Not the most inspiring set up to lead with, nor is potential hugely motivating. Yet, the game turned out to be rather playable despite itself.
Playable from 10 p/c to £/€20 per spin, the symbols here are made up of 6 low pay royals, looking like they’ve been dipped in ceremonial paint, followed by 4 premiums. These are a stone carving, a Toltec head sculpture, a blue Mayan mask, and a priest or princess figure. She is by far the most valuable symbol at 25x for five of a kind, compared to 3.5x for the lowly carving.
Yucatan’s Mystery: Features
You might have noticed there was no mention of a wild - in its place are Mystery Coin symbols. These appear regularly in the base game, and during the triggered round of free spins. Whenever Mystery Coins appear on the reels, they spin to display several symbol types. Eventually, they stop to all reveal the same pay symbol. One slight irritation is that they take their time in doing so, even if the resulting symbols don’t lead to a win. You get a bit of a tease; then it’s onto the next spin.
Look out for the step pyramid scatter symbol as three in view award 10 free spins. During free spins a new, ghostly blue 2x2 sized Super Mystery Coin enters the game, floating to a different position on each spin. It is activated when adjacent to any Mystery Coin, where it splits into multiple Mystery Coins to reveal the same common symbol.
The final critical point is that scatters continue to appear in the form of extra spin symbols. When they land, they not only add more free spins, but expand the Super Mystery Coin. It is possible for the Super Mystery Coin to reach 5x4 in size, guaranteeing full grid wins on each spin.
Yucatan’s Mystery: Verdict
We’d played a few so-so Red Tiger slots around the time of review which might have dented our expectations. Whatever the case, Yucatan’s Mystery turned out to be a pleasant surprise. Red Tiger nails the look as they usually do, but the gameplay isn’t bad either. Of course, you need to hit free spins to have a positive outlook on the game, and that is easier said than done.
The hook is getting in one decent bonus game. Then it’s easy to lose yourself in the chase of triggering it again, just one more time. Patience is required here because it can be a long time between features. During testing, the first round of free spins appeared after minimal effort - totally beginners luck. Then it got personal as the second round proved an epic battle of wills to see who would prevail – man or math model.
When triggered, the bonus game is quite fun. The roaming Super Mystery Coin is tantalising in the initial 2x2 size, but as it grows in size, so does the thrill factor. Bear in mind Yucatan’s Mystery isn’t a huge paying slot. But if you’re okay with that, then it can be amusing. For the record, the max multiplier of the game is 4,284 times the stake.
In the meantime, the Mystery Coin feature is there to provide a few payouts of its own. Again, another tantalising feature due to the way it spins, teasing with different options, rather than instantly revealing a symbol type. Sometimes it lands your way for a little bump of rejoicing, sometimes it doesn’t, causing a bitter sting of annoyance. Either way, it does help keep you engaged while waiting for free spins.
In many ways, Yucatan’s Mystery is another Red Tiger speciality. An above-average looking slot, boasting below-average figures that are better suited to casuals than connoisseurs. However, if you manage to hack your way into free spins with the right expectations, it can also be quite enjoyable.
It might run on a bunch of sub-par stats, but with a positive mind-set and a bit of luck hitting free spins Yucatan’s Mystery might still entertain.