The Legend of Shangri-La

The Legend of Shangri-La by NetEnt is a whimsical online slots game that's inspired by the fictional Tibetan valley of Shangri-La that appears in James Hilton's novel, Lost Horizon. Like its namesake, The Legend of Shangri-La offers you a relaxing retreat where the ravages of time and history are kept at bay, except in NetEnt's online slot, there are several mystical special features to unlock, including Cluster Pay prizes, a Free Spins Bonus, a Sticky Re-Spins Feature, and Random Substitutions.

You can experience this legendary location with as little as 10p, and with each spin that you take, you'll have the chance to reach enlightenment through wins that are worth an incredible one thousand times your total bet.

More about the Software Provider

NetEnt was founded in 1996 in Sweden, and over two decades later, its influence across Europe has seen it reach new heights. The company, which was formerly known as Net Entertainment, not only powers many of Europe's most popular online casinos but also develops slots, table games, and live dealer games. You can enjoy NetEnt slots on your desktop or play them on a mobile device via the Touch platform. Just some of the brand's slot games that you may care to try are Gonzo's Quest, Starburst, Mega Fortune, and Wild Wild West.

Appearance and Sound Effects

The Legend of Shangri-La is set in a lush, green valley hidden away in the Himalayas. The first thing you notice is your tour guide – a bear in monk's robes – who stands to the left of the reels and gazes up at the screen with optimism. Then, it's time to take in the beautiful scenery, which includes cascading waterfalls which are so realistic that they have steam rising from them, a calm blue lake, a cherry blossom tree complete with butterflies, bamboo fields, mountains, and a stone temple. The relaxing music adds to the tranquil view.

The reels are six rows wide and five rows high, and they are filled with many beautiful images of animal gurus (monkey, tigers, and elephants), goldfish, butterflies, flowers, and gemstones.
Plus, the Spin button is designed to look like a Yin Yang symbol.

Bonuses and Special Features

Like NetEnt's Aloha slot, The Legend of Shangri-La uses Cluster Pays which allows you to make winning combinations with nine or more of the same symbol. To count as part of a cluster, a symbol must be horizontally or vertically adjacent to a matching symbol.

The three animal symbols can appear small or large. The small versions count as one symbol while the large versions count as two symbols.

The green gemstone is the Substitution Symbol, and it can transform into neighbouring symbols to help create wins. There's also a Random Substitutions Feature that adds one or more Substitution Symbols to the reels at adjacent points to existing clusters.

In the Sticky Re-Spins Feature of The Legend of Shangri-La, which is triggered when two or more non-winning clusters of matching symbols are present on the reels, the reels keep re-spinning until more matching symbols are added to the cluster.

3, 4, 5 or 6 "Free Spins" symbols give you 5, 6, 7 or 8 free games respectively along with extra Substitution Symbols. And, if you just fall short of triggering the Free Spins Bonus by only landing two scatters on the screen and a third partially on the screen, the Nudge Reel Feature nudges the third scatter up or down accordingly so that the Free Spins feature can be triggered.


The Legend of Shangri-La uses six reels, five rows of symbols, and the Cluster Pays pay system rather than traditional paylines. The game has an impressive RTP (Return to Player Rate) of

Mobile Compatibility

The game is designed to work with desktops, laptops, mobile phones, and tablets, and includes mobile-friendly game controls when played on mobile devices.

Our Verdict

The Legend of Shangri-La is a beautifully constructed online slot that offers you a host of winning opportunities through multiple special features. You can win big with the handy Substitution Symbols, grab prizes with the Free Spins Bonus and Nudge Reel Feature, and earn generous payouts through the Sticky Re-Spins Feature. Paradise is just a click away, so why not take a trip to The Legend of Shangri-La right now?