Shadow State is a 5 reel, 20 payline slot from WMS and Red 7 Mobile that can be played from 20p to £100 a spin across all devices. With a crime/detective theme, it benefits from respins, locking wild symbols, cash prizes, free spins and a pick me style game.

Set in a gritty downtown detective scene, I have to say Shadow State looks superb – symbols on the reels include A, K, Q and J royals as well as case files, whiskey glasses, guns, police badges and the Shadow State logo. The latter is the most rewarding giving you 10 times your stake for 5 on a payline. There is also a copper who is the wild symbol and performs all the usual replacing functions (bar the bonus scatter) – 5 on a payline will give you 15 times your stake.

In the base game, Shadow State benefits from 3 randomly triggered bonus features. You have the Drive By Wilds feature where a car pulls up on the street behind the reels and turns to shoot symbols – these then become wilds. Next is the Locking Wilds feature where 4 free spins are awarded – wilds can then lock in place throughout.

Lastly, there’s the Bonus Award feature which can trigger if you get 2 bonus symbols on the reels – a car appears and shoots a 3rd bonus symbol onto the reels to trigger the Bonus Bar Free Spins feature. You can also gain access to the Bonus Bar Free Spins feature by getting 3 bonus symbols on reels 1, 3 and 5 in the base game at once.

Once in, you’ll get 8 free spins – an alternate reel set is used with the Bonus symbol not appearing. However, clue symbols act as scatters and can appear on all reels during the free spins. When clue symbols land, you can benefit from free spins and multipliers. You don’t need to land them on the same free spin as they are collected:

  • 3 clue symbols will give you 3 extra free spins and a 3x multiplier
  • 6 clue symbols will give you 5 extra free spins and a 5x multiplier
  • 9 clue symbols will give you 10 extra free spins and a 10x multiplier

Lastly, there’s the Detective Office Picker feature which is triggered randomly from the base game – the phone rings and you’ll be presented with a clue. You’ll also see an evidence board. 3 clues are then shown at the bottom of the screen. You then choose where to put the clues which reward you with cash prizes. You can also gain entry to the Bonus Bar Free Spins feature.

I really like Shadow State – both in the way it looks and the gameplay. Variance wise it’s in the middle to high range with maximum payouts of 2,500 times your stake on each free spin with a 10x multiplier. The key to winning big is from the clue symbols in the Bonus Bar Free Spins feature which give you additional free spins and big multipliers. I also recommend you try some of the other WMS/Red 7 Mobile slots such as Wild Streets.