Shangri La is a 5 reel, 15 payline slot from NextGen Gaming – playable on desktop, mobile and tablet devices from 20p to £40 per spin, it benefits from 7 bonus features in total. The game has a mystical feel to it and is based on the fictional place that featured in James Hilton’s 1993 novel Lost Horizon.
As a result, the game takes you to an earthly paradise and a mythical Himalayan utopia. With a temple and waterfall as the backdrop, symbols on the reels include white tigers, rhinos, elephants, temples, lotus flowers, swords as well as hearts, diamonds, clubs and spades. The white tiger is the highest value symbol giving you 500 times your line stake if you manage to find 5 on a payline.
When it comes to features, there are 7 in total with 3 in the base game – during any spin in the base game, there is a chance additional wilds can be added to the reels. This is known as the Added Wilds feature. Then you have the Wild Reels feature where any wild symbol appearing on any of the 3 middle reels can turn into wild reels. Finally, you have the Added Scatter feature where additional scatters can be added randomly to the reels.
However, the most important symbol is the gold statue as this is the scatter – 5 of them on a payline will give you 3,000 times your line bet (or 150 times your stake). If you get 3 or more, you will be taken to a wheel where you can play 1 of 4 bonus features – they are described as follows:
Free Games feature – 8 free spins are awarded with the special Wild features (described above) more likely to occur. You can also retrigger the feature giving you a total of 16 free spins.
Super Free Games feature – you will get 12 free spins with the special Wild features guaranteed to occur. The feature can be retriggered rewarding you with 24 free spins in total if you’re lucky.
Chest Bonus feature – you select a chest to be opened and you will continue opening chests until all prizes are won or the trap is sprung. Unfortunately, there’s up to 15 times your stake on offer.
Trail Bonus feature – you will come across a map of prizes where you spin the wheel to determine how many steps you move. This continues until a ‘x’ is spun upon. The good news is that you can win up to 100 times your bet in this feature.
Shangri La may have a lot of bonus features but they are all decent in their own way – my biggest wins have come from the Super Free Games feature as you get more wilds and wild reels on each free spin. The Trail Bonus feature is also pretty decent with 100 times your stake on offer. I found it to be a medium variance game which looks fantastic. If you like mythical themed games, Quickspin’s Hidden Valley is recommended.