Legend of Shangri-La: Cluster Pays Review

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Legends say that deep in the mountains of Tibet lies the mythical earthly paradise of Shangri-La, an ancient land filled with mystic secrets and treasures. Now, thanks to the fantastic NetEnt we can visit this land ourselves in their engrossingly fun Legend of Shangri-La: Cluster Pays slot!

Legend of Shangri-La: Cluster Pays is not your usual slot machine. Featuring 6 reels, Shangri-La does not pay out via paylines, but rather through clusters of nine symbols or more. Clusters are groups of symbols connecting to each other either horizontally or vertically – or ‘All ways pay’ as it’s sometimes referred to. Legend of Shangri-La’s artwork is colorful and unique, with impressive 3D animations that make it all the more entertaining, particularly when the red panda monk on the left of the screen starts weaving his magic to award you all kinds of bonuses.

Clusters are not the only thing that makes Shangri-La unique, as it also features a myriad of amazing bonus features that are sure to provide you with some exciting wins, including Mystery Symbols, Sticky Re-spins, Free Spins with sticky Mystery Symbols, and many more!


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Legend of Shangri-La Symbols


The symbols in Legend of Shangri-La are all allusive to oriental animals or plants that represent concepts such as mysticism, peace, beauty, and enlightenment. Putting 9 of any of them together into a cluster will result in a win.

Koi fish, Dragonfly, Butterfly & Cherry Blossom – These oriental symbols of courage, transformation, love and renewal will guide you along your journey, and pay you out up to 200x your bet.

Monkey, Elephant & Tiger – These sacred ancient animals are synonymous with cleverness, wisdom, strength, power, and of course, good luck. Shown in meditation poses, these animals will be your Zen gurus leading you on your path to enlightenment and riches, and paying up to 1000x your bet.

These stacked symbols cover two rows, meaning that they count for 2 symbols. If only half of the symbol is visible within the reels, the symbol counts only for one.

Mystery Symbol – The mystic green orb with a question mark is this slot’s substitution symbol, transforming into whatever adjacent symbol will yield you the most profitable combination.

Free Spins Scroll – The Free Spins scroll serves as this slot’s Scatter symbol. Coming across 3 of these in any of the reels will activate the Free Spins bonus round, which will provide you not only with multiple free spins, but also with plenty of sticky mystery symbols throughout them to help you create huge winning clusters!


Bonus features


Substitution Symbols: Mystery symbols act very similarly to Wilds, except they can only be used for one cluster at a time. They will transform themselves into whichever adjacent symbol will help you create the largest, most profitable cluster.

Scatters: Any time you get 3 Free Spins symbols or more anywhere on the 6 reels you will enter the Free Spins bonus round. The more scatters you get, the more free spins that will be awarded to you:

3 Scatters = 5 Free Spins

4 Scatters = 6 Free Spins

5 Scatters = 7 Free Spins

6 Scatters = 8 Free Spins


During the free spins round, the Monk will add anywhere between 2 and 6 sticky substitution symbols before every spin, usually adjacent to other substitution symbols in order to help you make larger clusters. Unfortunately, before each spin the Dragon spirit that guards the mountain will also destroy a few of them as well.

Despite the dragon’s interference, these free spin rounds are usually very profitable as the sticky substitution symbols tend to help create large clusters. In fact, if the total win from your free spins round is less than 10x your bet, you will receive an additional free spin.


Random Features: Throughout the game the Red Panda Monk will randomly decide to use his ancient magic to provide you with all sorts of helpful bonus features.

  • Nudge Reels: If two free spin scatter symbols land anywhere on the reels, the Monk may choose to nudge into play a third free spin symbol that is just outside of the visible reel area and trigger the Legend of Shangri-La Free spins bonus feature.

  • Random Substitutions: When you have 2 clusters of the same symbol, each one containing 4 or more symbols, the Monk may add 1 or more substitution symbols to unite both clusters into a profitable combination.

  • Sticky Re-Spin: Also when you have 2 non-winning clusters of the same symbol on-screen, the Monk may trigger the Stick Re-spin. During this feature, all the chosen symbols will become sticky and remain onscreen while the reels spin again. Once all other the new symbols are set, you’ll be paid out for any profitable clusters.




Legend of Shangri-La: Cluster Pays is the rare case of the sequel that is immensely more satisfying than its predecessor. Not only does the cluster pays variation make for a hugely entertaining gameplay where you always feel like a big win is just around there corner, particularly when the Monk uses his Zen powers to aid you in your quest.

A low to medium volatility slot, Shangri-La is not one that deals in record-breaking payouts but rather in plenty of small and medium wins that will keep you spinning away and collecting coins throughout your quest. Once you enter the free spins round, you are almost guaranteed at least 10x your winnings and will have the chance to earn up to 200,000 coins by putting together the mother of all clusters.

While other games like Aloha! Cluster pays and Moon Princess are also popular ‘All ways pay’ slots, there is no question that NetEnt’s The Legend Shangri-La is the new standard to beat for the burgeoning cluster pay slots market.


Slot type

Video Slot

Slot reels / paylines

6 Reels / Cluster Pays

Coins range

0.01 - 2.00

Min/Max bet

0.10 / 200

Max win


Free spins

From 5 Free Spins w/ Mystery Symbols

Bonus features

Mystery Symbols, Sticky Re-spins, Free Spins, Stacked Symbols, Scatters

Return to Player




Game Developer

Net Entertainment


September 2017



Unlike most games which use paylines to determine winning combinations, Cluster pays will pay out clusters of 9 symbols or more. A cluster is a group of symbols that are adjacent to each other horizontally or vertically.


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