NetEnt have gone for another Far-Eastern tale with The Legend of Shangri-La: Cluster Pays. Again, they’ve decided on a fictional plot for their source of entertainment, using James Hilton’s Lost Horizon novel from 1933 as inspiration. While the Fairytale Legends series has an obvious childhood tone, The Legend of Shangri-La slot ventures towards the Himalayas for a mountainous paradise.
Shangri-La is often seen as a utopian representation, and casino gamers will be hoping that some of those perfect qualities will end up showering them in prizes and coin wins. The Legend of Shangri-La is part of the Cluster Pays series that was introduced in NetEnt's Aloha! slot, and every aspect of this casino video slot is highly polished and attractive. Let’s take you through all you need to know about this Shangri-La inspired slot.
Fire up The Legend of Shangri-La to be taken on an adventure by the wise monk in search of treats, while evading the evil dragon spirit! Aside from the stunning graphics and peaceful soundtrack, which uses traditional Chinese instruments, you’ll immediately notice the grid size which has expanded to accommodate Cluster Pays.
You’ll also be aware of the carefully chosen artwork, with a running river providing that feeling of utopia that any Shangri-La homage must possess. In terms of the slot’s symbols, you’ll find even more Far-East references. Three Guru Stacked Symbols in the shape of a cat, elephant and monkey will help to connect the clusters required for payment, while you’ll also find dragonflies, cherry blossoms and butterflies, amongst others. The Spin Button you click or touch to spin the reels even takes the form of the yin and yang sign.
Here are a few quickfire details about The Legend of Shangri-La by NetEnt’s game mechanics:
Payout percentage: The theoretic payout, or return-to-player (RTP), percentage of The Legend of Shangri-La: Cluster Pays is 96.59%.
Type of casino game: Video Slot.
Video Slot build: A 6-reel, 5-row slot using NetEnt’s Cluster Pays payout mechanic (no bet lines).
Game features: Random Substitutions, Sticky Re-Spins, Nudge Reel and The Legend of Shangri-La’s Free Spins Bonus Round.
If you’re familiar with how Cluster Pays works, you’ll be able to start spinning the reels straight away with no confusion. There are also plenty of regular NetEnt slot bonus features to help you and the monk on your quest together. However, if you’re inexperienced with Cluster Pays or The Legend of Shangri-La’s bonus features, let us quickly explain them to you.
Rather than use the traditional bet lines to determine winners on a spin, NetEnt have reintroduced the innovative payout mechanic, Cluster Pays. It rewards you for landing 9 or more of the same symbol in a group (cluster).
Clusters are only valid if the 9 or more identical symbols are connected either horizontally or vertically, not diagonally. Of course, the more icons you land, the greater the reward you can expect.
If you’ve managed to land 2 unconnected groups consisting of 4 of the same symbol, the Random Substitutions function may come into play and help you out. A minimum of one additional symbol will be placed adjacent to the existing clusters (subject to space), with more added until a win is formed.
Similarly to Random Substitutions, the Sticky Re-Spins feature can be activated if two groups of the same symbol (between 5-8 symbols) form on the reels but fail to make a valid cluster. The selected symbols will then stick to the board while the reels are spun again, giving you another chance to make a combination.
Within NetEnt’s The Legend of Shangri-La casino game, the free spins symbol is a Scatter. Seeing 3 or more of these, either fully or partially, fall on the board will take you up the icy mountain for a healthy round of free spins! Exactly how many Shangri-La free spins you achieve depends on the number of free spins/Scatter symbols that appear.
Once the free spins bonus round on Shangri-La slot gets underway, you’ll notice that your trusty monk companion will be summoning Random Substitutions to be added each and every spin. If a cluster can be formed, they will change to land you the combination, before reverting back to their old icon.
Beware the evil dragon spirit, however, who will remove between 1 and 4 Substitution symbols before the next spin can be made. You are guaranteed a minimum of 2 Substitution symbols between spins throughout the free spins round, though. Get prepared for those big wins!
If you happen to land 2 free spins/Scatter symbols but you just miss out on a third to the right of these icons, the Nudge Reel may take pity on you. It’ll move your desired third Scatter symbol back onto the board, thus granting you access to the free spins bonus round.
As you play The Legend of Shangri-La NetEnt slot, you’ll be able to select a bet level ranging from 1-10. Also, you’ll be given the choice between 0.01 up to 2 for the coin value, with the real money wager values ranging from €0.10 to €200.
The maximum default win on The Legend of Shangri-La: Cluster Pays is 100,000 coins, or €200,000.
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