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Written and facts checked by Rudra Chowdhury, Videoslot specialist on June 30th of 2022.
Based on the legend of Shangri-La, the fictional place described in John Milton’s Lost Horizon novel, Shangri La is a NextGen slot with a 5×3 layout. With 15 betways and a RTP of 96.631%, it aims to provide Indian gamblers with numerous opportunities to strike big.
Clearly rooted in the mythical Himalayan utopia, the Shangri La slot is certainly a looker. The background is an ancient temple with waterfalls which perfectly captures Milton’s vivid imagination. The symbols on the reels include temples, lotus flowers, rhinos, white tigers, and elephants which should please players that come from India. Of course, the ever-present card symbols make an appearance here as well.
The Shangri La slot has a total of 7 bonus rounds. Three of them are in the base game, with an additional four which promise a great payout. You can play the slot with as little as 20p per spin, with the maximum bet set at 50 coins. Of course, it been designed with smartphones in mind, so you can play the game on your mobile phone easily.
The first thing you’ll notice about this slot is the betting range. Playable from 20p a spin up to £40, it’s a game suitable for everyone. All the standard symbols in the base game are low-paying. The scatter (gold amulet) is the highest-paying symbol in the Shangri La online slot, worth 3,000 times your bet if you’re lucky. The girl is the wild symbol here, appearing on reels 2, 3, and 4 only. Like always, it substitutes everything except for the scatter. One or more girl wilds on the reels substituting in a win will double your prize.
During any spin in the base game, there’s a slight chance for additional wilds to appear on the reels, making them Wild themselves. This triggers the Wild Reels feature which can be pretty lucrative. The same happens for the scatter. Every spin gives you a chance to get additional scatters on the reels – land 3 and you’ll be awarded one of 4 special bonuses – trail bonus, super free games, chest bonus or free games.
As we already mentioned, there’s no single Shangri La bonus round – there are four in total. The Free Games bonus gives you 8 free spins during which you might activate the Wild feature. In the Super Free Games round, you get the same but this time with 12 free spins. The great news is that both rounds can be re-triggered.
The Chest Bonus round is pretty self-explanatory – you get a chest that can open up to reveal enticing prizes. The prizes include 15x multipliers, but you could also fall into a trap and lose it all. The final (and most likely the most interesting) bonus game is the Trail Bonus, where you spin a wheel that shows you how many steps you need to navigate around the map of rewards. Apart from being the most interesting Shangri La bonus round, it can also give you a prize worth 100x your stake.
Nextgen’s Shangri La slot is definitely worth your time. Although the base game is pretty much the same as any other slot, the four exciting bonus rounds (and 7 in total) are what makes it so enticing. Apart from the graphics, of course. The game looks totally on-point with the theme itself, featuring symbols that perfectly describe the mythical land of happiness. Shangri La’s RTP of over 96% makes it very attractive for new and experience Indian players. Overall, it’s a pretty decent slot that may not reinvent the game, but it certainly offers exciting prizes.