The Legend of Shangri-La: Cluster Pays Slot Review, RTP & Free Play

The Legend of Shangri-La: Cluster Pays Slot Review

A handful of developers have produced their own Shangri-La-themed slots over the last year or so, and whilst all of them are rather exciting and very playable in their own way, few compare to NetEnt’s The Legend of Shangri-La: Cluster Pays slot. With its impeccable graphics like only NetEnt can deliver, and its Cluster Pays style of gameplay, there’s plenty on offer in this game which helps its trump its rivals.

Look & Feel:

Of course, The Legend of Shangri-La: Cluster Pays is remarkable for two major reasons. First and foremost, it contains all the memorable characters from James Hilton’s 1933 novel. Secondly, it features NetEnt’s Cluster Pays format, which first made its debut in Aloha: Cluster Pays and has become hugely popular ever since.

The Cluster Pays format means that there are no paylines spread over the slot’s 6 reels, and instead, players are going to have to try and land groups or clusters of symbols on the reels, just like they would in Candy Crush or other social media games. Wagers flex upwards from 10p per spin up to £200 a spin because of this.

Wild symbols are easy to spot (appearing as green question mark symbols, reminiscent of those found in Gonzo’s Quest) and they can replace any other symbols in the game save for free spin poster icons.

Bonus Features:

Randomly Triggered Features: There are two of these in the slot. Firstly, if at least two identical clusters with four symbols in them appear, a wild may appear at random between them. Effectively linking them together to form one super-cluster and a big win to boot. Secondly, if just 2 free spin icons appear on the reels, the player may be able to nudge down a third to trigger the slot’s free spin bonus.

Re-Spin Bonus: If two clusters appear on the reels with 5 or more symbols in them, a free spin may be activated which freezes those clusters on the reels and offers you another chance to bag larger wins.

Free Spin Bonus: The main feature in the slot, the free spin bonus is triggered by landing between 3 or more of the free spin poser icons on the reels in any position. Players will pocket 5, 6, 7 or 8 free games for 3, 4, 5 or 6 scatters. In the feature, between 2 and 6 wilds will randomly appear on the reels. If you fail to win more than 10x your total bet, you will keep pocketing free spins (after the original number of spins has expired) until you do win that figure.

The Legend of Shangri-La: Cluster Pays RTP:

Some Cluster Pays slots have notoriously difficult to calculate RTP rates. However, this isn’t one of them. The Legend of Shangri-La: Cluster Pays has a return to player rate of 96.59%, and a non-progressive jackpot worth 10,000 coins in all.


Visually stunning, loaded with decent features, and as cheap as chips, The Legend of Shangri-La: Cluster Pays is a game that everybody is going to want to try at least once.