Slot Review: Mayan Eagle by All41StudiosPublished February 26, 2021 by Elana K
Mayan Eagle is the new Central American-themed slot from Microgaming's partner, All41Studios. This is the first slot to showcase the studio's unique Nobleways mechanic, which is 15,625 fixed win ways over the game's 6 reels.
Mayan Eagle is the new Central American-themed slot from Microgaming's partner, All41Studios. This is the first slot to showcase the studio's unique Nobleways mechanic, which is 15,625 fixed win ways over the game's 6 reels. In addition to the creation of a totally new slot mechanic, All41Studios has included Rolling Reels, mystery symbols, and a Free Spins round that has unlimited multipliers. And all of that is topped off with a max win of 13,000x the stake per spin.
Mayan Eagle is a 6-reel, 5-row slot that’s playable on all devices. The graphics are stunning and the audio has a fast beat that keeps players moving forward. Bets range from $.20 to $20, quite a small range considering that the slot’s volatility is very high. The RTP is 96.43%, which is decent enough. The hit frequency is 37.6%, which is fairly high, but during the Free Spins round, it plummets to 1 in 434. This means players will need a lot of patience to score a big win.
The Nobleways mechanic is 15,625 fixed win ways over the game's 6 reels. It’s a lot of win ways at once, but it’s very straightforward. 3 or more symbols, from left to right, create a winning combination (except for the golden mask, which only needs 2 symbols for a win). When a win is scored, Microgaming’s Rolling Reels feature is enacted, and it clears all the winning symbols off the grid, making way for new ones to fall into the empty spaces.
Low-paying symbols include 9-A royals and high-paying symbols include 4 different colored Mayan masks. The higher-paying symbols can pay up to 50x the stake for 6 of a kind. There are also wilds that appear only on reels 2 and 5.
Mystery symbols can appear randomly on any spin, both in the base game and in the Free Spins round. They only land on the first spin, not on subsequent Rolling Reels. All instances of the Mystery Symbol morph to reveal a new symbol and come in groups of 8.
When 4 MAYA scatters land on the reels, the Free Spins round is triggered. Any extra scatters add 2 more free spins each to the initial 12 that are awarded. In this round there is a progressive win multiplier that starts at 2x and increases by 1 with every Rolling Reel. The multiplier doesn’t reset between spins, so it can get fairly high. If 4 more scatters land during the Free Spins round, another 12 free spins are granted.
It’s not easy to create something new in the world of slots, but All41Studios did well with its Nobleways mechanic. While not overly complicated, the fun lies in its simplicity and the multitude of win ways. The theme itself hasn’t been overdone, and the graphics and sound are spectacular. With a max win of 13,000x that stake and a highly volatile game, Mayan Eagle will tempt players who enjoy taking risks and winning big. It can be played at Microgaming casinos, online and on mobile.