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*UPDATE* Our The Legend of Shangri-La slot demo is available to play now! With less than a month to go and first footage already released, we’re delighted to say that our video review for The Legend of Shangri-La: Cluster Pays by NetEnt is live! It was always going to be a difficult task to follow in the footsteps of NetEnt’s Emoji Planet casino game, with the added pressure of being followed soon-after by the widely anticipated Planet of the Apes video slot not exactly helping.
However, we can safely say that this Shangri-La slot game is a true beauty – with stunning graphics, a peaceful soundtrack and yet another addition to the Cluster Pays series.
Unlike many other NetEnt releases of late, The Legend of Shangri-La is not already available to play at a list of exclusive online casinos. Therefore, all you’ve got until the 21st September due date is NetEnt Casino’s very own slot video review, so select the above video to learn how to play NetEnt’s Shangri-La.
Before we get into The Legend of Shangri-La’s special features and bonus rounds, we’ll do a quick summary of the game’s mechanics. As it employs the Cluster Pays function, you can expect to land winning combinations and coin wins when multiples of the same symbol land next to each other.
Although we’ll always love paylines, Cluster Pays (which debuted as part of the Aloha! slot) is a fantastic way of mixing things up.
Here are a few more quickfire details:
As for the premise, we detailed in our initial preview how Shangri-La is a fictional Far East valley in James Hilton’s 1933 Lost Horizon novel. NetEnt have managed to bring that story to the online casino entertainment world in style, with a wise monk providing you with rich wisdom as you go in search of prizes.
The artwork is as sharp as you’ve come to expect from NetEnt, while the background music and sound effects only help to paint you a picture of Shangri-La.
Let’s take you through Shangri-La slot’s special game features.
Symbols may randomly be substituted if at least 2 clusters (containing 4 icons minimum) of the same symbol appear. If the function comes into play, you are guaranteed at least one substitution to be added to the reels next to existing clusters to grant you better combos.
Take a look at the above Shangri-La slot video review to see an example of how this benefits the player.
If two or more clusters of between 5 and 8 symbols appear after a spin and fail to land you any coin wins, this can activate the Sticky Re-Spins feature.
The selected icons will then be stuck into place while the reels spin again, giving you an extra chance of landing a prize for your misfortune in the first place.
The Nudge Reel is a crafty little aspect, with certain partial free spins symbols being knocked back onto the reels in full. This only happens if the partial free spins symbol lands to the right of 2 other free spins icons, which will then take you to the freespins round on Shangri-La.
For further clarification, free spins on The Legend of Shangri-La will occur if 3 or more of that symbol appear either fully or partially. How many determines the number of free spins you receive.
Once this happens, you’ll be transported to the top of the mountain, with the Random Substitutions feature coming into play – both positively and negatively.
Symbols will randomly be replaced after each spin to try and create those big wins, before transforming back into their original symbol.
While the free spins mountain is certainly full of potential, you need to be wary of the dragon spirit who will remove between 1 and 4 Substitution Symbols before the next spin. While he’s a pesky little demon, you are guaranteed at least 2 Substitution Symbols between the spins.
A visual description of free spins on Shangri-La can be seen above.
As ever, you’ll be able to play The Legend of Shangri-La slot 100% for free at NetEnt Casino on 21st September.
We always endeavour to give you this option, as we want you to be fully aware of every NetEnt slot and how it works before you start playing with real money.
Please visit our NetEnt slots and games page to play existing releases for nothing if you wish.
We’ll be back shortly with more news about The Legend of Shangri-La: Cluster Pays’ release, and we can’t wait for this vivid casino game to enter our beloved iGaming domain!