Ancient Mayan civilisations have been the topic of many studies and pieces of literature. Even more so, Mayan temples and gods have also been a popular choice for online slots themes, and an example of this is the Sun & Moon slot game from Aristocrat.

Aristocrat is Australia’s largest provider of both land-based and online slot games, and their Sun & Moon slot was originally featured on land-based slot machines. The game has recently been converted for online play, and offers players 5 reels, 20 paylines, and a free spins bonus feature.

Feel, Look and Mayan Graphics

A starry sky forms the backdrop of Sun & Moon from Aristocrat. The game takes place below a banner that shows an evening scene full of mountains, the moon, and a tall Mayan temple. Beneath this scene is the game’s reels, which contain Mayan artefacts and carvings to add to its overall theme.

The pay table of the game is designed to resemble blue Mayan fabric in a traditional pattern. A tranquil Aztec soundtrack and waterfall sound effects play as the reels spin, and sound effects and animations accompany each matching symbol combination.

Sun & Moon Reel Symbols

The symbols on the reels of Sun & Moon all relate in some way to its Mayan theme. The symbols start with playing card icons 9, 10, J, Q, K and A, which are portrayed in Aristocrat’s trademark style. Next are the main symbols, which take the form of 4 different kinds of Aztec jewels.

Each jewel is either pink, green, blue or purple, and is surrounded by gold. The purple and gold mask jewel is the most valuable of these icons, and players who can land 5 of them on an active line will claim a 300 coin payout. The blue and pink jewels are worth 200 coins each, and the green jewel is worth 150 coins for 5 of a kind.

Scatters, Wilds and Bonus Symbols

The Sun & Moon symbols in this Aristocrat slot function uniquely, acting as both wilds and scatter symbols throughout the game. Scattered Sun & Moon symbols will pay up to 50 coins for 5 of a kind, and mixed Sun & Moon symbols will award up to 500 coins.

The sun symbol will substitute all other symbols in the game except for the moon symbol. There is also a pyramid symbol that can change into any other symbol on the reels, acting as an additional wild symbol only on reel 2.

To activate the free spins bonus game, players must land at least 3 Sun & Moon symbols anywhere on the reels. However, a moon symbol must appear on the first reel in order to trigger the feature.

Sun & Moon Free Spins Feature

One the free spins feature has begun, players will be awarded a number of free spins based on how many symbols activated the game. There are between 5 and 50 free spins on offer here, and the pyramid wild symbols will again appear on reel 2 during the free spins to create extra New Zealand online pokies winning combinations.