The Legend of Shangri-La: Cluster Pays Slot Review

This fun slot variation from top software provider NetEnt is set on a 5 by 6 grid against the beautiful backdrop of fictional Shangri-La. Players aim for clusters of oriental-themed symbols as they spin the reel on this cascading slot.


  • Slot type: Video Slot
  • Reels: 5 by 6 grid
  • Scatter: No
  • Theme: Asian, oriental
  • Lines: Cluster pays
  • Bonus Game: Yes
  • Free Spins: Yes
  • Software: NetEnt

How to Play

Even with all the added features or bonuses in their games, NetEnt doesn’t mess around with gameplay. Learning how to play this delicately designed game is easy, just follow these instructions:

  1. Set the coin value from 0.01 to 2.00 on the right side of the screen using the minus and plus buttons.
  2. Choose your wager level from 1 to 10 with the plus and minus buttons next to the Level display.
  3. Press the yin-yang symbol in the center of the display to spin the reels.
  4. Watch for winning combinations (9 or more adjacent matching symbols connected horizontally or vertically) of all the game symbols except for the Free Spins.

The Legend of Shangri-La  

  • Free Spins
  • Red Cat Guru
  • Blue Elephant Guru
  • Green Monkey Guru
  • Pink Flower Blossom
  • Green Butterfly
  • Purple Dragonfly
  • Orange Koi Fish

Important symbols in The Legend of Shangri-La: Cluster Pays Slot:

  • Wild: Substitution Symbol
  • Free Spins: 2 x 1 Free Spins Tapestry
  • High value symbols: Red Cat Guru, Blue Elephant Guru and Green Monkey Guru


There isn’t a progressive jackpot attached to this cluster pays slot but there is a maximum payout of 10,000 credits – so still a good potential to win big. The Legend of Shangri-La game also has a 96.59% RTP making it a medium variance slot with fairly regular payouts.

Special Features and Bonuses

Shangri-La Cluster Pay slot has a few features that make play extra fun on this intricately designed game:

  • Random Substitutions Feature: when this feature is triggered, 1 or more Substitution Symbols are added to the reals at an adjacent position to an existing cluster. To activate this feature you have to land 2 or more clusters of the same symbol land in the main game
  • Sticky Re-Spins Feature: this feature is activated when you land 2 or more non-winning clusters of the same symbol. The clustered symbols stay in place during the Re-Spins and the spins continue as long as new matching symbols land on the reels.
  • Nudge Reel Free Spins Feature: if you land 2 Free Spins symbols fully on the board and one Free Spin symbol in a reel to the right of the first two lands incompletely, the Nudge Reel is activated to push the Free Spins symbol into play.
  • Free Spins Feature: between 2 and 6 during the first spin and randomly removed or added throughout the feature. For the last spin between 1 and 4 are removed for the last spin. If the total win from this feature is less than 10x the bet, an additional spin may be awarded.


Graphics and Sounds

Enjoy the peaceful sounds of traditional oriental music, with percussion, gongs, flutes and even birds chirping in the background as you play. The reel spin makes a soft, fluttery sound as it spins and if you’re lucky enough to hit a feature (like the Free Spins) the music picks up to a festive tune.

The symbols in this game are beautifully drawn and the small graphics like the floating flower blossoms in the background complete the feel of this oriental-themed game.

At A Glance

  • Bonus Feature: yes
  • Scatter: No
  • Free Spins: Yes


The reputation of NetEnt upholds itself yet again in this game. It’s well-designed, full of fun features and a unique theme – not to mention, there’s a pretty good payout involved. Our final say? It pays to step into The Legend of Shangri-La: Cluster Pays.