The Legend of Shangri-La Cluster Pays
If you love your slot play to look a million bucks (the Bloopers slot also comes to mind on that front), crystal clear and with a big dollop of imagination to boot, then you will want to have a crack at NetEnt’s The Legend of Shangri-La Cluster Pays slot.
For those players who haven’t heard of this magical place, Shangri-La is a mythical land of eastern exoticism and meditative peace. Sounds too relaxing? Just wait for all the extras- including a world of Free Spins- this is a slot bursting with features to add to the fun and transport you from Shangri-La to “Casho – La”!
Look and feel
If you’re willing to take a journey to this land of legend then you’ll find a game set amongst the misty mountains, rivers and blossom-laden trees of paradise. The reels are set in a dragon carved wooden frame set in the middle of a perfect landscape. There is a surprising guide for your game, a smiling fox/racoon dressed in monk’s robes – a guru with a staff who gives approving grunts and gestures as your slot play progresses, and who is there to steer you to perfect harmony- or just a full wallet! This slot looks amazing when you stand it next to older games like the Irish Eyes 2 slot game. Wow, things have moved on!
As you’d expect from a mystical realm the music is all pan-pipes and soothing tones from the Far East which make for relaxing vibe to game play. We found ourselves drifting into a state of Zen pretty quickly, much as we would playing the Fortunes of Sparta slot (but then that’s more eerie choral music).
The Legend of Shangri-La is a whopping 5 rows, 6 reels with a cluster pay mechanic!
The all-important high value icons are a cast of heavenly creatures –your gurus (which can become stacked) – straight from the eastern playbook with a white tiger, a monkey and an elephant. These are all dressed in silk robes with a lotus blossom, butterfly, dragonfly and a coy-carp fish to complete the set.
This slot’s Wild is a green symbol in a wooden frame to look out for- it acts as a Substitution icon and can make some real dosh for the player when it turns up on the reels.
The game’s Free Spins icon is an ancient scroll with a dragon- land this symbol and the magic starts to happen. This game comes with a cool feature to add to the tension and up your chances of a win. Symbols can land adjacent to each other to create a cluster or a group of the same icons linked over the reels- if you have the luck to get 9 of these in a cluster then you make a win!
In a cluster in the base game, the Substitution icon is a valuable item, able to change into a neighbouring icon in a cluster (except the Free Spin icon), making the most lucrative combo for the humble player- now that’s heaven sent!
If you manage to make two groups of at least five icons but they don’t link to form a cluster then those clever bods at NetEnt have made a Sticky Re-spins feature, which means that one of the groups becomes sticky and stays put, while each of the desired Cluster icon that lands gives the player a freebie spin until it pays out.
Even two smaller groups of the same icons (in a group of at least four symbols), can trigger a Random Substitution so that Substitution Wilds are added to the reels to make a cluster happen. Smart!
Spinning some gold!
The main event must be the Free Spins feature, if you can lure three or more of the dragon Free Spins icons onto the reels, then you trigger a rather tasty set of free spins.
Three dragons give you five freebies, with each additional dragon upping your free spins by one –there’s a maximum of a welcome eight free spins up for grabs.
Once the reels stop spinning those Substitution Wilds are added to the reels, with a minimum of two but up to six popping up. The initial two Wilds can land anywhere but from then on they add themselves onto a Cluster to make you some lucrative combos. Now that’s some inner peace!
This slot has a special nod to the old school with a Nudge feature- if you can land two Free Spin icons but a third just misses, landing to the right of the other two, then the Nudge feature can bump that important third icon back on the reels and trigger the Free Spins game- hoorah!
And there’s more…if you’re winnings from the bonus feature aren’t more than 10x your bet, then you’ll get an extra Free Spin to keep you happy – thank you guru!
This game is a dream-it looks amazing, sounds relaxing and is jam-packed with enough extras to transport you into transcendental bliss- have a whirl on a NetEnt treat!