Forget your earthly home and enter a realm of peace, relaxation, and prosperity where gold coins rain down on those fortunate enough with NetEnt’s The Legend of Shangri-La. This 2017, 6-reels NetEnt game is yet another design that draws you in with its vivid colours, unique atmosphere, and captivating animations and bonus features. Based on the fictional “paradise” of Shangri-La in Hilton’s “Lost Horizon”, this slot game will have you looking for your Gurus on your way to reaching Nirvana. So, kick back, take a breath, and immerse yourself in The Legend of Shangri-La!
Cluster Pays and High-Roller Bets
The Legend of Shangri-La is yet another one of NetEnt’s “Cluster Pays” slot games which don’t work with paylines but instead award payouts for symbol clusters. Thus, to trigger a win at this slot, you’d have to line up a “cluster” of at least 9 symbols. By “cluster”, NetEnt means a combination of the same type of symbols that are horizontally or vertically connected to each other which spans across two or more reels. This is the follow up to Aloha Cluster Pays slot that was released in 2016.
To get to the Shangri-La’s riches, the slot will let you choose between a wide range of bet sizes. With the coin value ranging from 0.01 to 2.00 and a total of 10 bet levels, you can end up spending anywhere from £0.10 to £200 per spin. And like with all NetEnt games, you can set up the Autoplay mode, turn of the audio, and hit the Max Bet button to boost your bet size instantly.
Who’s Your Guru?
This slot game is obviously inspired by the concept of the unearthly Shangri-la from Hilton’s novel, featuring relaxing ambient music, sounds of water and birds chirping, and visuals of waterfalls, sunshine, and Japanese cherries in the background. Naturally, the game’s main symbols are also inspired by Buddhism, although they are more cartoonish than realistic.
The main symbols are the three Gurus: the Tiger, the Elephant, and the Monkey, which are ranked in that exact order and come in big and small sizes to represent 1 or 2 symbols. Next in line are the Cherry Flower, the Butterfly, the Dragonfly, and the Koi Fish as the lowest paying symbol. The lowest cluster payouts for 9 symbols range between 5x and 30x. The theoretical maximum payout for filling all reels with one symbol via the bonus features ranges from 2,000x to 10,000x.
Whatever it Takes to Get You Winning
This colourful slot game features a number of extras its players can enjoy, starting with the “Substitution Symbol” which is basically your Wild that can replace any symbol on the reels except for the Free Spins symbols. And to give you a better chance of triggering some nice payouts, the game also has a Random Substitution feature that adds a Wild symbol randomly next to a cluster, when 2 or more clusters appear on the reels.
You can also get some free shots at making money with Shangri-La’s Free Spins symbols, 3 or more of which can activate 5-8 free spins. During the Free Spins, you’ll get the Substitution symbols added and removed from the reels to trigger various winning combinations, with more and more remaining the longer the free spins last. Even if you fail to trigger the spins by having a Free Spins symbol land just below the visible reel area, you can “Nudge” it back to get the spins activated.
And last but not least, you’ll also get some re-spins thrown into your playing session if you’re lucky enough, to really get a sense of the prosperity Shangri-La offers. The re-spins are triggered when 2 or more non-winning clusters with the same symbol appear on the reels. During the re-spins, the symbols will be “sticky”, i.e. they will remain on the reels while all others are replaced, while the re-spins will last until no more of the original symbols appear during each re-spin.
Another NetEnt Creative Design
Like many times before, NetEnt have proven they know how to create stunning slot games with The Legend of Shangri-La. Amazingly designed, original, immersive, and sporting a wide range of bonus features and betting limits, this mid-variance slot games will surely find its fan base quick enough. However, make sure to stay smart with your money while you play it because it also allows you to place some huge wagers.