NetEnt launches second leg Cluster Pays™ slots series
The day has come! It’s time to enter the paradise of Shangri-La where you’ll find all of the world’s wisdom protected by Splionzo, a wise monk who’s there to teach you all secrets of life while protecting you against the darkness that’s hiding in the mountains. The Legend of Shangri-La™ slot is the second leg in the Cluster Pays™ slots series which also includes the Aloha!™ slot, both evolving around the Cluster Pays™ mechanism while being enriched with lots of innovations.
What is the Cluster Pays™ mechanic?
Let’s start by explaining a cluster which is simply a group of symbols. In the case of the Cluster Pays™ slots series and the two NetEnt slots involved, The legend of Shangri-La™ and Aloha!, a group of nine symbols forms a cluster.
These nine symbols only form a cluster if they are one way or another linked to each other with no other type of symbols in between them.
Multiple clusters of the same symbol that are not attached to each other will pay as separate clusters. The larger the cluster, the bigger the winnings will be and that’s why slot features such as Substitutions symbols and Sticky Re-spins are more than welcome as they can have a positive effect on the size of the cluster or clusters.
These clusters are incredibly important for the two Cluster Pays™ slot as they replace the familiar bet lines found in most of the NetEnt slots. No winning will occur if no cluster can be formed and that’s exactly what makes the Cluster Pays™ mechanic so special.
Now you know what the Cluster Pays™ mechanic is all about, let’s move on to the next question, what’s the difference between the Aloha!™ slot and the newly launched The Legend of Shangri-La™ slot, both part of the Cluster Pays™ slots series?
Aloha!™ slot versus The Legend of Shangri-La™ slot
This question is pretty simple to answer as in fact, it’s mainly the themes of the games that differ from each other. Aloha!™ is inspired by the Hawaiian Tiki and his country of origin. The Legend of Shangri-La™ slot, as the title already reveals, is a legend about Shangri-La which was mentioned for the first time in the book Lost Horizon in 1993 written by the English novelist James Hilton. In the novel, Shangri-La is described as a paradise valley in which human beings live in harmony with nature and where the wisdom of the planet is saved for many generations.
No matter if you decide to go for the Hawaiian beach sunset and palm trees or you prefer the sea of Japanese Cherry Blossom hidden in a harmonious valley with a rippling stream completing the picture, you’ll enter paradise either way. I love the sea and the sunset, but I do prefer the wise monk Splionzo and his magic tricks over the Hawaiian Tiki in Aloha!™.
Now that’s the design I’ve been talking about so far, but what about the slots features in both Cluster Pays™ games, to they differ much from each other?
Not really, really, but of course there are some notable differences between the two games, although both of them are offering a great gameplay, depending on the Cluster Pays™ mechanic.
The Aloha!™ slot is enriched with Substitution Symbols, Free Spins, and Sticky Win Re-spins while The Legend of Shangri-La™ slot brings Sticky Re-Spins, Random Substitutions, a Nudge Reel, and Free Spins.
So both of them offer Substitution symbols, Free Spins and a Sticky Re-Spins feature. The Legend of Shangri-La™ slot, however, also has the Nudge Reel feature available adding to the video slot experience.
If it comes to the Return to Player percentages (RTP), the two Cluster Pays™ slots are again pretty much the same with the highest RTP of the two available in The Legend of Shangri-La™ slot offering an average 96.59%, and an RTP of 96.42% in the Aloha!™ slot.
The Legend of Shangri-La™ slot launch
While the Aloha!™ slot has been available at the NetEnt Casinos since the 22nd of March 2016, it is today that NetEnt released The Legend of Shangri-La™ slot as the second leg in the Cluster Pays™ slots series. I’ve seen The Legend of Shangri-La™ slot installed at several NetEnt Casinos already including All British Casino which celebrates the launch with a 2-day free spins promotion. Take your chance and activate your 50 free spins for this new Cluster Pays™ slot launched today and meet Splionzo, another great character created by the talented NetEnt developers.