Delve into Mayan culture on the slot from gaming giant Playtech. 5 Ages of Gold will take you on a journey through the Meso-American region where the ancient civilization left a lasting mark on how we live today. A wild bonus feature and a free spins round with five options can lead to wins in excess of 5,000 times your bet.
5 Ages of Gold is a video slot with five reels, three rows and 243 ways to win. Pays are awarded for three to five matching symbols on adjacent reels from left to right only. Your journey into Mayan history on desktop or mobile starts at 0.30 credits and peaks at a huge 300 credits per spin. The game has high volatility and an RTP of 96.12%.
A typical Meso-American nature scene with a meandering river and Mayan temple are in the background of an intricately designed game window. The reel strips are structured with Mayan art while a tribal drum soundtrack accompanies the usual reel and win count noises.
The pay symbols start at the low end with the card royals from 9 through to A, awarding wins of 3.33x to 6.66x your stake for a single five of a kind. They are followed by corn cobs, frogs, turtles, parrots and a Mayan warrior bust. Hit five across the reels to win 10x to 33.33x your bet.
Wilds are a Mayan totem mask, appearing on reels two, three and four only. They will change in colour based on which free spin feature is chosen as well as with a separate jade background in the base game which will randomly trigger one of the features. A traditional Mayan sundial acts as the scatter symbol.
The Mayan totem mask wilds are the central part of the entire gameplay, be it in the base game or free spins. While they perform the usual substitution duties, landing one on reel three will randomly trigger the Wild Bonus feature. You will win either a cash prize of up to 50 times your bet or gain entry to the free spins round.
Hitting three to five sundial scatters on adjacent reels starting from the left will trigger the Free Spins feature. Please note, they must be on consecutive reels from the leftmost reel. You will also get a coin win of 5, 10 and 50 times your stake for three, four and five scatters respectively. The game will lead you to a second screen where five options for your free spins are displayed.
Only wins containing a wild will be multiplied. More than one wild in a winning combo will not be added or multiplied but each other. You can retrigger the free spins which will be played after the current round has concluded, giving you again the five options to choose from. Personally, I would always pick one of the two options with the highest multipliers. If they land, then they will have a significant impact on your winnings.
5 Ages of Gold is a solid 243-ways slot with good line pays and a nail-biter free spins round, especially when you pick the high multipliers. There is nothing new or innovative in the gameplay but that does not mean it is all bad. It trends though towards high volatility due to the big wild multipliers in the free spins, so some caution on the bet size is recommended.