The Legend of Shangri-La slot leads you to enlightenment with it’s fun Cluster Pays feature, and plenty of mystery features.
You’ve probably come across the Cluster Pays feature in the Aloha Cluster Pays mobile slot – a game that we didn’t rave about, but many seemed to enjoy.
Mostly that’s a lot to do with the simple way these NetEnt casino games pay out; when 9 or more symbols touch other either horizontally or vertically, it creates a win.
And considering that the full name of this game is “The Legend of Shangri-La Cluster Pays slot”, you know that NetEntertainment have kept the best feature.
Whilst we weren’t wild on the original, we could see how the simple all way pays and colourful graphic made it attractive.
Personally, we had a much better time on this The Legend of Shangri-La mobile slot, namely because there’s more happening on screen.
We like the far east animal theme, where each guru is represented by either a tiger, a monkey or an elephant.
And we like the red panda monk to the left of the screen, whose lively animations kept us intrigued at what surprises it might bring us next.
it’s similar to how the Lucky Little Devil slot improves your spin, as here the monk can trigger random feature that help create wins on any spin.
That’s always a good sign of a great slot game for Android or iPhones. You don’t have to hit the free spin bonus games to win big, any spin can get you that.
But to be honest, that’s not really how this Legend of Shangri-La slot machine works; instead it will slowly build your stack of cash by giving you several big wins in a row.
After all, the most you can win here is 1,000 times your bet in a spin. A great number, but not as high as (say) the Jungle Spirit online game.
Yes, it does feel a little easier to get big wins during the free spins, namely because you are guaranteed mystery symbols on every spin.
These will turn into the best possible symbols to help create a cluster of wins.
But we’ve had just as big, if not bigger, wins during the base game as the monk adds those mystery symbols, or creates random sticky re-spins, to help make those clusters bigger and bigger.
The Legend of Shangri La slot is a rare beast; with a minimum 0.10 bet, and a maximum of 200 per spin, it somehow manages to cater to all.
Still, be careful on the slow periods when it feels like the Monk is asleep. At that point you might want to see if the Koi Princess game isn’t a little more awake instead.
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|Mobile Slot released||September 2017|
|Slot type||Video Slot|
|Slot reels / paylines||6 Reels / All Ways Pay|
|House edge / RTP||3.41% / 96.59%|
|Coins range||0.01 - 2|
|Min/Max bet||0.10 / 200|
|Free spins||From 5 Free Spins / Extra Mystery Symbols|
|Bonus rounds||Mystery Symbols, Sticky Re-spins, Free Spins, Stacked Symbols, Scatters|
What are Cluster Pays: A symbol is part of a cluster if it touches with at least 8 other symbols either horizontally or vertically.
Clusters have to be part of 9 symbols or more. This is sometimes refered as 'all ways pays' like in the Moon Princess slot by Play'n GO.
Substitution / Mystery Symbol: These green orbs can either show up randomly on a spin, or the Monk can place them there whenever his fancy takes him.
They are special in that they will transform into any adjacent symbol that can create the highest possible winning combination in a cluster.
A little bit like wild symbols, but for just one symbol - and whilst they may not come stacked like in Fortune Girl slot, they are far more effective here in The Legend of Shangri La mobile game.
Stacked Symbols: The three highest paid symbols of the Tiger, Elephant and Monkey come stacked 2 high across these 6x5 reels.
The free spin symbol is also stacked 2 high, and if only partially in view still counts towards triggering the free spins. But, when fully in view, it still only counts as one scatter.
Random Monk Feature: At any point the red panda on the side of the reels can activate any of the following features in the base game:
Scatters and Free Spins: If you get 3, 4, 5, or 6 Shangri-La Map scatter symbols on view, you'll trigger 5, 6, 7, or 8 free spins.
Mostly you'll rarely see anything more than 5 free spins.
But that's ok. 5 is plenty as the Monk places substitution symbols anywhere on screen, on every spin, to help create wins.
The good news is that he puts around 3/4 on each spin, and those then stay sticky till the end of the bonus game. You can get as few as 2, or as many as 6, added each time.
The bad news is that after every spin, and ice dragon comes out of nowhere and can destroy some of those substitution symbols - generally one or two, but potentially as many as 4.
You rarely see more than 6 substitution symbols at a time, though if you get more free spins it's obviously easier to end up with more in the end.
If the total win from the free spins round is less than 10 times your bet, you will be given an additional free spin. A bit like the 10x guaranteed win promise you find in WMS games like The Cheshire Cat slot.
We were disappointed with the Aloha Cluster Pays NetEnt slot game mostly because whilst we like how it played, it never felt like the wins or clusters where within reach.
This Legend of Shanri-La Cluster Pays slot on mobile changes all that, thanks to that little red monk on the side of the reels who does all sorts of magic to keep things interesting.
From adding mystery symbols, to re-spinning the reels, or giving you a second chance for free-spins, you have a genuine chance of catching a few good rounds.
Don't get us wrong, this is probably no harder hitting than the mediocre Wolf Cub slot, but is a far more enjoyable experience all round.
Review by Lucky Mobile Slots, last updated: November 24, 2018 - Rating