Winning Lines: 20
Coin Values AUD$/$/£/€: 0.01-0.50
Max Coins Per Line: 15
Max Per Spin AUD$/$/£/€: 150
Wild Symbol: Yes
Scatter Symbol: Yes
Bonus Features: Yes
Machu Picchu, or Gold of Machu Picchu, is an Incan-themed video pokie from Microgaming that attempts to stand out among all of the exotic Egyption/Aztec/tribal poker machines out there. Does it succeed in that effort? Read the rest of the review to get the answer.
Machu Picchu Basic Information
Machu Picchu, as the name implies, is an Incan-themed game with lots of South American imagery from ancient times. This game, which can be played at Microgaming casinos such as Jackpot City, Ruby Fortune Casino, All Pokies Casino and others, features a natural, earthy look that is complemented by appropriate symbols. The symbols include armadillos, an Incan princess, a mighty Incan warrior, a llama, and more. The typical 9, 10, J, Q, K, and A symbols are also spiced up with imaginative ancient flair.
Like all Microgaming pokies, this one is easy to play, with the Max Bet, Spin, and other buttons very easily found on screen. The layout is the same as with most Microgaming pokies, granting instant familiarity to new players who have played their other offerings in the past.
Machu Picchu Coin Values and Jackpots
The coin range available when playing Machu Picchu is pretty wide, starting at just 1 cent and hitting intervals at 2 cents, 5 cents, 10 cents, 20 cents, 25 cents, and topping out at 50 cents. Because of this and the fact that you can bet up to 15 coins per line (on the 20 paylines available in Machu Picchu, of course), you can bet up to $150 per spin, or cover all 20 lines with just a 20 cent bet, if you prefer.
Even if you only bet one coin per line, you can win 5,000 coins as a regular jackpot. Obviously, with a 15 coins per line bet, you would instead win 75,000 coins, at a maximum value of $37,500 if you have the coin value set at 50 cents each.
Machu Picchu Jackpot Rules
To win that 5,000 coin jackpot, you need to get five of the wild symbols on an active payline. However, with the use of the bonus game that is included as part of Machu Picchu, you can boost that win by up to 15x with the multipliers you can add to your experience. A 15x multiplier on a jackpot win with a 15 coin per line bet would equal winnings of 1,125,000 coins! That would be worth a cool $562,500 AUD if you were playing with the maximum coin value.
Machu Picchu Special Symbols
There are a couple of very important symbols to keep your eye out for when you play Machu Picchu. The first is the wild symbol, which we already established as the most valuable symbol in the game. This symbol is a picturesque view of a tall mountain, with the word “WILD” written across the bottom in colorful blue text. This symbol can substitute for all symbols besides bonus symbols or the scatter itself.
The scatter symbol is the llama, and has “SCATTER” written across the bottom in green text outlined in yellow. It can earn you coins based upon your total bet, but more importantly, is the secret to earning free spins when you get three or more of them.
Machu Picchu Bonus Games
The bonus game is triggered in an interesting way: when you have the warrior and princess symbol show up next to one another on reels four and five during regular play, it triggers the “Lamma Deification” feature. This gives you a free spin and before you earn more of them, you get to choose from one of four blocks that hide traditional Incan imagery. With the quinoa plant, you can get a 5x or 6x multiplier. With the right number of corn sacks, you get get up to an 8x multiplier, and with ponchos you can earn up to a 10x multiplier. With enough jugs, though, you can really cash in with a 15x multiplier.
Machu Picchu Final Thoughts
Machu Picchu offers a wide range of betting amounts for players of all types, and boasts some really impressive prizes when the healthy multipliers come into play. If you enjoy ancient tribal imagery and want an adventurous video pokie that is easy to play and can earn you money, give this one a try.