The Moon Shadow mobile slot is one of the few WMS Big Bet games that work even without the Big Bet feature.
If you are not familiar with WMS slots with the big bet option, basically the concept is simple. Usually you have to pay for 5 spins, at either 2 or 4 per spin, and you get extra features.
Very much like what you find in the Ooh Aah Dracula or Monopoly Big Event slots. The problem with these is that if you are not willing to bet that much, it makes the game pretty much unplayable. But not here.
There is no doubt Moon Shadow is better with the big bet option. Mostly because you get to play 20 paylines, instead of 10 paylines.
Secondly, the return to player rate is better; 98.01% instead of 96.07%. But what do you expect? More paylines means more wins, and it’s not like the value of the symbols change. So yes, if you can bet 2 or 4 a spin, you should.
The great thing about the Moon Shadow video slot is that the features all remain the same even if you don’t use the big bet feature.
And it’s not like you get less wins, you just don’t get as many high value wins.
This is particularly noticeable in the free spins bonus rounds, where one symbol is randomly chosen to be an extra wild. If you manage to catch a low paying, frequent symbol like the Q or K, you’re in for a brilliant free spins time. Mostly because you get wall to wall wilds.
The difference is that if you play with 20 paylines you might get 100 times or 300 times your bet. Especially as this bonus game is easy to re-trigger.
One 10 paylines, the volatility of this mobile slot decreases, so you’re talking about 50 to 100 times your bet. Still decent, but a different kind of gameplay.
Our advice? If you are not in the habit of betting $2 or $4 a spin, don’t. Play this as a 10 payline slot, and walk away when you’ve increased your starting budget by 25% or 50%.
Or, better yet, if you get a good free spins round, try the big bet option and hope to trigger those Moon Shadow free spins. We managed to double our starting budget by getting just one beautiful free spin round on the big bets – it can be done.
Not everyone will be able to stick it out, but if fantasy slots are your thing, then the Moon Shadow slot game is pure magic.
If you don’t think you’ll be able to resist the big bet (and can’t afford it) but love the theme, Crystal Forest is equally good fun.
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|Mobile Slot released||October 2015|
|Slot type||Video Slot|
|Slot reels / paylines||5 Reels / 20 Paylines|
|House edge||3.93% - 1.99%%|
|Coins range||0.01 - 5.00|
|Min/Max bet||0.10 / 50|
|Free spins||Stars at 10 Free Spins / 1 Symbol Picked as Wild|
|Bonus rounds||Free Spins, Extra Wilds, Scatters, Extra Payline|
Big Bet Game: You pay for 5 spins (you can't stop the spins once they get started) at either 10 or 20 in cash (in whatever's your currency).
These will give you 20 paylines, instead of 10, and 2% better returns.
Free Spins, Scatters, & Wilds: Oh yeah, you get everything in one here.
The base game doesn't have wild symbols. However, if you get 3 scatter symbols on reels 1, 3 and 5, you are awarded with 10 free spins.
The scatter is represented by the moon goddess, and she will pick one symbol to be wild (the blood moon).If that symbol is one of the lower paying, and frequent, Ace, Q or K, then you are in for a treat.
But it's not just a bucket load of wilds you can enjoy. If the scatter symbol shows up on reel 5, she will grant you additional free spins.
Sometimes she doesn't show at all. Sometimes she shows 5 times in 10 free spins, and give you an extra 10 free spins.
Sometimes she gives you an additional 10 free spins all at once. The most we've played is 34 free spins, but we suspect more is possible.
The problem with the big bet option is that, with its increase paylines and better returns, it's always deliciously tempting to play... even if you can't afford it.
If that's no problem (either because you enjoy an easy playing 10 payline slot, or because you can afford the big bet) then we highly recommend the Moon Shadow mobile slot.
It's got a killer free spins round and a pretty theme that will have you day dreaming about clear moonlit nights.
If not, try the Super Monopoly Money slot for something completely different.
Review by Lucky Mobile Slots, last updated: December 1, 2018 - Rating