Today we review The Legend of Shangri-La a new online slot machine from Net Entertainment. This is an upcoming slot game which should not be confused with the Shangri La video slot by NextGen, that launched earlier this year. In contrast, the new Legend of Shangri-La casino game is a product of NetEnt, arguably the best igaming provider out there. The game has a lot of similarities with previous NetEnt titles. Most notably with the Aloha slot, and these similarities are visible on the overall design and game-play. The Legend of Shangri-La slot has a launch date on the 21.09.2017. And upon release players will be able to find it on Casino Room, as well as most other NetEnt online casinos.
To review The Legend of Shangri-La we start with its a 6 reels and 5 rows. The slot machine is available on desktop, tablet, as well as most other mobile devices. The game is a Cluster Pays slots machine, meaning that there are no fixed pay-lines. Rather the wins come by landing clusters of 9, or more, identical symbols. In addition, the min and max bets players can lay – range from 0.10 to 200, depending on the currency played. Also, the coin size ranges from 0.01 to 2. The slot game’s theme takes inspiration from Asian tradition, and is about a group of anthropomorphic animals. These animals are all monks practicing meditation on the temples of the lots city of Shangri-La. Further, the background shows the city itself, while on the left hand side of the screen, there is the red panda guru who gives random features.
All symbols on the reels follow the slot’s Asian theme. And the high values symbols feature a number of animal monks. So we have the red tigress as the highest paying symbol, giving 1000x the stake for 30 of them on a cluster. In addition there is the elephant and the monkey, both as high value symbols too. Moreover, the low value symbols feature cherry blossoms, koi fish, dragonflies and flowers. We should note that each low value symbol covers only 1 row on the reels set, while each high value symbol covers 2 rows on the reel set. Finally, the scatter symbol is a castle painting with the words “free spins” on top. There is no standard wild symbol on this online slot, but there is a substitution symbol which will appear randomly on the reel set. These substitution symbols will transfer to any symbols, apart the scatter. And their transformation will always help the player to make the best possible winning combination.
Random Substitutions Feature
This is a base game feature that triggers when at least 2 clusters of the same symbol land in the base game. These clusters must consist of a minimum 4 symbols each. And if they do, then random substitution symbols will appear on screen to help unite the 2 small clusters into one big cluster.
Nudge Reel Feature
Yet another random feature which triggers if 2 scatter symbols land on the reels, and one 3rd scatter symbols lands just outside the visible reel area. Thus when the feature triggers, a nudge will occur which will bring the 3rd scatter into the visible area. What makes this feature interesting is that it can help the player get 3 scatters to trigger the free spins.
Sticky Re-Spins Feature
This is also a base game feature which triggers every time 2 non-winning clusters, of the same symbol, land on the reels. Moreover, these clusters need to have 5 to 8 symbols each, for the feature to activate. When the Sticky Re-Spins activates, a re-spin will start with the 2 clusters locked in place. And during the re-spin, landing symbols which are similar to the one that forms the clusters, will stick them in place as well. Further, the re-spins will continue as long as new symbols land and stick on the reels. This can potentially result in the whole screen filling with one particular symbol.
Players can trigger the free spins feature by landing 3, or more, scatters anywhere in view. The number of free spins will depend on the number of the scatters that triggered the bonus.
- Landing 3 scatters will award 5 free spins
- Getting 4 scatters will award 6 free spins
- Landing 5 scatters will award 7 free spins
- And getting 6 scatters will award 8 free spins
Moreover, if the player make a win of 10x, or higher, he/she will get 1 extra spin.
During the free spins a number of substitution symbols will appear during every spin. And after they appear the ice dragon will come remove some of them while the rest will stick in place. The substitution symbols will stick in place until they can be part of a winning cluster. At which point they will change to the symbols that forms the winning cluster.
The Legend of Shangri-La is a medium volatility slot machine with an RTP of 96.59%. The biggest possible win can come thanks to the red tiger symbols covering the whole screen and giving 1000x the stake. In addition the game has excellent graphics and animation, as well as top quality design. The slot is certainly an improvement to the Aloha casino games from where it is based. And the features are much more interesting and rewarding. The Legend of Shangri-La video slot will be up on Casino Room, in the upcoming weeks. So you can play it for real money and give us your own opinions.
For a better look at The Legend of Shangri-La slot machine, check out the official promo on the video below:
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