Machu Picchu is a 15th century Inca citadel in Peru and has become a favourite location for visitors around the world. Voted as one of the ‘New Seven Wonders of the Word’ in a recent internet poll, the site is famed for its ancient temples. Little did the people of Machu Picchu know at the time, but a few hundred years later their gold would be found at an online slot!
This MicroGaming design is unique in slot gaming due to the features. You have one feature during the base game which only improves the experience of another feature. These two working together can make for a very profitable free spins round.
This Inca themed slot plays out on five reels and has a total of 20 win-lines. The highest paying standard symbols in the game are the two human characters. The first of these is an elderly male Inca who wears a golden head dress which relates to the sun. Land this symbol five times in a row and you’ll find 1,500 coins hitting your bankroll. The second human character is a female who has long dark hair and wears golden jewellery. This symbol is worth 1,000 coins for hitting the maximum five.
A wild cat is next on the pay table and pays 750 coins. An Armadillo, an animal which is not known for its appearance on the reels of a slot, pays 500 coins. These standard symbols are completed by the playing cards 9, 10, J, Q, K and A which have top win amounts of between 60 and 150 coins.
Unusually, you have a scatter symbol on the reels which simply pays a cash amount and doesn’t activate a feature. This is the Llama symbol and you’ll win a pay-out for hitting 2 or more on the reels. The minimum 2 gives you a win of double your stake but the prizes grow rapidly up to 100x your stake for the maximum 5.
The highest paying symbol of all is the wild which shows the mountains of Machu Picchu. Hit this symbol 5 times in a row on a chosen win line and you’ll pick up an impressive 5,000 coins. Being the wild it will also substitute for any other symbol in the game apart from the bonus and the scatters.
The first feature in the game lends a helping hand to the second, which is certainly an original and interesting concept. This first feature is called ‘Llama Deification’ (make sure you are careful in your spelling of that, as a slight misspell could give the feature a very different meaning). This feature is activated when you land the male and female Incas alongside each other on reels four and five. These symbols will now change into an image of Llama worshipping and you’ll add 1 to the free spins total in the top left-hand corner of the screen.
The main feature of the game is the free spins round itself, entitled ‘Gather Inca’s Riches’. This is activated by landing the Inca golden mask on reels 1, 3 and 5. Upon entering the feature you’ll be asked to pick one of four question marks which will reveal a symbol and the multipliers that will be applied throughout the feature. These multipliers range from 5x to 15x, making a huge difference to the win amount. You’ll have 7 spins in total, as well as any additional spins gained in the ‘Llama Deification’ feature.
As you might expect, Gold of Machu Picchu has a picturesque design. The game is set against the backdrop of a large green field with mountains and temples in the background. The symbols on the reels are equally well designed, giving you an Inca history lesson as you play. The two human characters are the standout symbols, while the playing cards have been given an eye-catching Inca makeover.
It’s always a good thing to find a slot which offers a unique aspect and Gold of Machu Picchu does exactly that. The ‘Llama Deification’ feature works as a companion to the ‘Gather Inca’s Riches’ to offer a free spins round where the wins will surely mount up. The appealing visuals of the game only add to the overall experience. This is a slot you’ll enjoy without having to travel 1000’s of miles to visit.