Lost civilisations have always fascinated, and since the age of the great explorers sailing across the seven seas to discover new lands and riches, those who stayed home were always eager to hear about mysterious peoples and their strange customs from across the globe.
In Pyramid of the Sun, a video slot game designed by Atronic, players get to discover the Mayan civilisation and make their way across the jungle to a mysterious forgotten city - which could be the first step on the way to the mythical El Dorado.
In this open game, with 243 ways to win, players can enjoy a real challenge with a low 92.10% RTP and medium variance. This makes Pyramid of the Sun more challenging than most modern slot games, but also more exciting at the same time. Stay tuned for more information about the game’s exclusive bonus features, and more, in our complete review.
Pyramid of the Sun is showing players a vast and impressive ancient Mayan city in the background, with pyramids and other buildings sticking out from the jungle. The complex looks huge and the reels are nicely decorated with Mayan ornaments, just like the command bar at the bottom.
Pyramid of the Sun looks quite impressive, but we could not help but notice that the overall graphic quality was not exactly the best available on the marker. Avoid playing in full-screen mode if you want to avoid looking at large pixels all along, which can spoil the fun quite a bit. Talking about fun, let’s have a look at the basic gameplay next.
Pyramid of the Sun is a relatively easy game to play, especially given the fact that you can score wins from left to right in any position on the reels. 5 reels and 243 ways to win is a good recipe for big wins, so check out the command bar and choose your next wager (from 0.40 to 4 credits) and spin the reels when you are ready. The gamble mini game will be available after each win to give you a chance to double or quadruple your latest reward.
You can use the autoplay game mode to speed up the process and place the same bet several times in a row. The game’s basic paytable contains card icons and Mayan artefacts such as masks, massive statues, pyramids and the game logo, which delivers the maximum reward of x12.5.
Coupled with a relatively low RTP, this makes Pyramid of the Sun a challenging game to win big at. Let’s see how the bonus features can help in that regard.
Pyramid of the Sun contains exactly two classic bonus features, starting with a wild card. This beautiful Mayan emblem has the power to replace all the basic symbols on the list to help you score extra wins. 5 wilds lined up also trigger a x12.5 cash prize.
The bonus symbol is rare but very powerful. It can only appear on reels 4 and 5, and you need two in order to start the bonus wheel round. Spin the wheel to win either multipliers (up to a generous x70), extra wilds on the reels or extra cash prizes going up to x15.
Pyramid of the Sun is a challenging slot game because of its low RTP and somewhat frugal paytable. When we played, it was indeed quite difficult to score a big win without relying on the bonus wheel. As a result, Pyramid of the Sun will be best in the hands of experienced players who enjoy taking risks and are not afraid to keep the reels spinning for a long while.
Untamed Crown Eagle by Microgaming is another slot game, based on the same, open 243-way gameplay but with a much higher RTP than in Pyramid of the Sun. You might want to give this other game a try if you find that Pyramid of the Sun is a little too challenging for you.