When was the last time you hit a Zen state of mind, oh Fans of Furry Wombat? Remember that scene in the Matrix when Neo slows down time in the present to dodge all of those bullets? Ohmmmmm.
Well, you could spend 3 years freezing your furry backside off while meditating half way up Everest in Nepal, or you could fire up the Legend of Shangri-La slot and see how that goes. Before you know it, you’ll be sitting crosslegged in front of your laptop in your underpants, spinning for some of that Shangri-La treasure.
Look and Feel
Well this is a lovely looking slot, isn’t it? NetEnt do some fine looking games like the Wolf Cub slot and this one is right up there. There are some nice touches here, from the Yin Yang spin button to all the beautifully drawn fauna and flora on the game, and its all rounded off with some calming mountain music and the odd bird tweeting away. “Snatch the pebble from my hand, grasshopper!”
There’s also an odd looking furry fella with a big stick who stands at the side giving us the benefit of his wisdom. He looks just like my mad old Uncle Pete funnily enough- a right doppelgänger.
The Legend of Shangri-la slot has 6 reels and 5 rows. It’s a biggie! (Must be all that mountain air). The big news on this slot is the Cluster Pays which you may have seen on other games like the Aloha Slot- more on this later.
You’ll see guru symbols (the tiger, elephant and monkey all of whom have hit Zen). These can be double in height or single space symbols. It’s all very Samurai Split slot but just a lot calmer.
The lower paying symbols are made up of the fauna and flora of this Mythical mountain country, so look out for dragon-flies, butterflies, carp and some beautiful pink flowers.
You may see symbols clustering together in adjacent spots. Clusters of nine symbols or more pay out wins
The Legend of Shangri-La slot doesn’t have wilds. No. It has Substitution Symbols (well, OK, these are wilds basically but substitution sounds so much more exotic doesn’t it? And it’s better to chant in a low mumble). Anyway, these are the green and gold puppies with the squiggly that looks like a question mark inside.
If you land 2 or more clusters of the same symbol in the same spin, you might be treated to a Random Substitution. Which is like a Random Wild, only it’s called a Random Substitution.
Oh, we do love a Sticky Re-Spin, you may have seen them on other NetEnt games. When you get 2 or more clusters of symbols that don’t quite make up a win, you might see this puppy- the clustered symbols will stick and the rest will re-spin for free.
Like any good game, the Legend of Shangri-La Cluster Pays slot has a free spins bonus. Land 3 or more of the Free Spins cards to trigger them. 3 gets you 5, 4 gets you 6, 5 gets you 7 and 6 gets you 8 free spins. Woo hoo!
And there’s more! If you land 2 free spins cards on the reels and a third just falls out of the visible reels, you can nudge that baby back in to set up the bonus. A nice touch.
Other Free Spins Stuff
You’ll also notice some weird and wonderful stuff going on in the free spins round which ups the entertainment value on this game even more.
In the bonus, random substitution symbols (you know, wilds) will drop in and out of the reels on each spin. The first 2 will drop in at random across the reels. The between 2 and 6 will drop in after every spin, which can deliver some tasty wins as you can imagine. Between 2 and 4 will be removed before the start of the next spin.
So that is the Legend of Shangri-la slot in a nutshell. Got enough features for you? Mad Uncle Pete certainly thinks so. The only danger with this game is that having reached a state of utter tranquility and a Zen Mind, you’ll get totally hyped up if the Free Spins or Cluster Pays features fire up!
Wombat Score 5/5
We think we’ve reached Nirvana with this game. Zen out of Zen.