The famous Pragmatic Play adventurer is back, and now he is on a quest for the lost treasures of the Mayan civilization. John Hunter and the Mayan Gods is the fourth video slot in the John Hunter series, and it comes with five reels, three rows, and 10 fixed paylines. Playable from $0.10 per spin, the 2020 release offers Expanding Wilds, and the Free Spins feature with 6 levels. Move through levels, remove lower-paying icons and get extra freebies by landing Wilds. This highly volatile game offers a max win of 2,500x bet.
Your visit to the ruins of the ancient Mayan temple that is placed somewhere in the jungle will be quite safe, so do not worry about the creatures that you can hear while spinning the reels. John Hunter and the Mayan Gods offers a standard 5x3 reel grid and benefits from 10 fixed paylines. The game pays left to right, starting from the leftmost reel. Land three or more matching symbols on a payline to start winning payouts. Betting starts at $0.10 per spin, and the largest stake available is $100. Such a wide betting range will satisfy both high rollers and penny punters.
The setting of the Pragmatic Play title is quite realistic, thanks to very good graphics and a fitting soundtrack. Our hero, John Hunter is the top-paying symbol, offering 50x bet for five of a kind. The Mayan Priest is right there next to him, followed by the Lion, Golden Ring, a Knife, and a Goblet. Playing cards represent low-value icons. The Golden symbol is the Wild and will substitute for all regular icons. The Temple is used as the Scatter that triggers Free Spins.
The Wild can easily become an Expanding Wild. It appears only on reels 2, 3, and 4. When a Wild lands and has the possibility to form a winning combination, it will expand and cover the entire reel. If Lady Luck is on your side, you can end up landing all three Wilds on the three middle reels and get 3 Wild reels for massive wins.
Three or more Temple Scatters will trigger the Free Spins feature. Players will be rewarded with 12 free spins, and there is a possibility to retrigger the feature and get more freebies. There is no limit when it comes to how many times you can retrigger free spins. The feature comes with 6 levels. Every time you land one Wild, you will go one level up and get one more free spin. As you move up the levels, lower-paying symbols are removed. For example, on Level 6, you only get John Hunter icons.
John Hunter and the Mayan Gods is a very good and a very simple video slot, in terms of gameplay. If you are looking for bigger wins, try to trigger the Free Spins feature and get on higher levels, where only high-value symbols are waiting. Both of the special features that are on the offer have been used in other games, so, in terms of ingenuity, there is nothing new in the Pragmatic Play title.