The Legend of Shangri-La: Cluster Pays Slot Machine
The Legend of Shangri-La: Cluster Pays tells you from its title two major things about it, the theme and the way it pays its players. The idea of the mythical paradise which is hidden away somewhere on Earth is coming from an old book, while the cluster pays system is a new one and still not available in too many slot machines.
You can expect a screen with 6 reels of 5 symbols each, but with no regular paylines or ways to win. The clusters in which you form your combinations would be one of the major features of this game, along with the stacked Guru icons, with the substitution symbols and the scatters. Sticky re-spins, free spins, nudge reels and random substitutions are also among the features which the game mentions as being available. A generous top prize of $200,000 is one of the possible rewards that this game can bring you.
Betting and Prizes
When it comes to making a wager, The Legend of Shangri-La will require that you pretend that you have 10 active lines, even though there is no such thing inside. You get to pick a level for the bet which is from 1 to 10, and so you end up with wagers using 10 to 100 coins in them. Your decision concerning the coin value will take it from $0.01 to $2, and so the total bet of this slot can vary between $0.10 and $200.
The payouts are among the things that I would pay attention to in this game. They get up to 10,000x, which means that with the right bet you can win $200,000. It’s also getting a better than average RTP, so this side of the game gives you good reasons to try it out.
With the Cluster Pays system, which is rare but not unique to this one slot machine, you will be forming combinations with symbols that are grouped together, and touching either on the horizontal or vertical side. The game requires that you have at least 9 matching symbols grouped this way, before it will give you any rewards. You can have up to 30 symbols in a cluster, with rewards rising accordingly the more that you get.
Substitution symbols exist and they will transform into a single icon, one that will give you the highest possible win (if there are multiple clusters in which it can participate). The wilds are not replacements for Free Spin symbols.
With two clusters of the same type forming in different parts of the game area, you might get a feature called Random Substitutions. One or more Substitution icons would be placed on the reels, next to one of the clusters. You keep getting these symbols in random positions, until you get a win.
With two or more clusters of a size that doesn’t bring you a win, you can get a Sticky Re-Spin feature. Only the feature symbols remain in place, while the rest of the symbols will spin again.
Between 5 and 8 free spins are activated if you have three to six scattered Free Spin symbols visible on the reels.
Theme & Design
The mythical Shangri-La is the place where the action of this game takes place. You will discover this peaceful land in the background image, with cherry blossoms, waterfalls and Chinese style temples shown there. On the reels, you have images of animal inspired gurus, along with things like insects, butterflies, Koi fish and flowers.
I think that you will have no trouble enjoying this game. Overall, it’s one of the better titles that I’ve seen NetEnt launch in 2017.