There is already a rival Shangri-La themed slot machine out there on the net. In fact, there are a few of them.
The mystical, fantastical tale seems to work well in the online casino world. Why would Net Entertainment want to develop their own take on it?
To trump their rivals, they would need to be original and inventive, dare we say creative. Fortunately, NetEnt’s new The Legend of Shangri-La: Cluster Pays slot is all of that. How so? The clue lies in its title.
Net Entertainment have been having quite a lot of success lately with their Cluster Pays slots. In fact, the platform has proven so popular that many other casino software providers have pinched the idea for themselves.
Following on from Aloha: Cluster Pays and other cluster-style slot machine games, Net Entertainment has turned to one of the most successful fictional tales of all, Shangri-La for the theme of their new game.
How to play it
The Legend of Shangri-La: Cluster Pays doesn’t contain any paylines on its 6 reels. Cluster Pay slots never do. Instead of landing wins on paylines, players are going to be required to group symbols together on the reels in clusters.
Because of this, wagering on the game is not as straightforward as usual. Players can select coin denominations which range from 1p up to £2 and bet as many as 10 of those per spin. At the end of the day, wagers are going to stretch upwards from 10p per spin to £200 a pop on this cluster-style game.
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Wild symbol: The Legend of Shangri-La: Cluster Pays features a question mark bubble as its wild symbol. This green orb icon can turn adjacent symbols into ones which create the highest paying clusters possible. Wilds cannot replace free spin symbols, though, and have no cash value on their own.
Guru symbols: These icons count as two symbols since they are stacked on top of each other. Players will note that during a re-spin feature or when they are affected by wilds, the symbols shrink to become just standard icons.
Random substitutions: When at least two separate clusters of the same symbols appear on the reels, it is possible that a random substitution feature will begin. When it does, at least one wild symbol will appear on the reels and will attempt to combine to two separate clusters to form one mega cluster.
Sticky re-spins: When at least 2 non-winning clusters appear on the reels, it is possible that a Sticky re-spin feature can be triggered at random. Again, the basic idea is that players will get a chance to combine the two non-winning clusters into one mega cluster.
The symbols featured in the two clusters remain sticky on the reels, whilst all other symbols and reels are re-spun. If you keep adding to your clusters, the re-spins keep coming.
Free spin bonus: Players who land 3 or more of the free spin symbols (posters) anywhere on the reels will trigger a free spins feature. In this bonus game, players can land a total of 5, 6, 7 or 8 free spins for 3, 4, 5 or 6 scatters, respectively.
During the feature, random wilds will be added and removed from the reels on each spin, at a rate of at least 2 per spin. Players will bag an additional free spin if they win less than 10x their total bet in the feature.
Nudge reel: It is also possible for players to land a nudge feature if just 2 free spin symbols appear on the reel. When this occurs, a reel may be nudged, potentially providing players with that missing free spin symbol they require to trigger the free games feature.
The best-paying symbols in this slot machine are the cat guru symbols. These can trigger wins worth as much as 10,000 coins if players are able to land 30 of the symbols in a cluster on the screen. This would imply that the entire screen is covered with these guru symbols.
Net Entertainment’s The Legend of Shangri-La: Cluster Pays slot certainly has more to offer than rival Shangri-La slots, and if you love the new cluster-style of slot gameplay which is doing the rounds on the net, this is an excellent ambassador for it.
T&Cs Apply 18+