Shimmering Woods Slot Review
Play ‘n GO’s new gem collecting online slot game has drawn many headlines since its release, mainly for its incredible top payout potential. The 25,000x your stake maximum win is certainly worth mentioning and will draw players from all corners of the world. However, Shimmering Woods is about much more than just a chance at taking home the big prize.
Shimmering Woods is played on a 5-reel board with between 3 and 6 rows depending on the bonuses which have been activated. This means the pay lines can fluctuate from 243 to 7,776. To trigger wins, players must match at least three symbols across the board on a pay line, starting with a position in reel 1. Bonus features for Shimmering Woods include cascading wins, expanding reels, multipliers, and a free spins round. Bets for Shimmering Woods range from 20p to $100 per spin. The maximum payout, as mentioned, is 25,000x your stake on one spin. Shimmering Woods is a high volatility slot game from an enchanted woodland with a return to player percentage that averages around 96.2%.
Graphics and Theme
For Shimmering Woods, Play ‘n GO have created a magical setting that is constantly sparkling with the many gems and jewels on screen, hence the shimmering in Shimmering Woods. Play ‘n GO paint the picture of a woodland glade basking in radiant sunshine, where mushrooms and trees grow in abundance. Hidden amongst the undergrowth and popping up from crags in the floor are crystals and jewels of various colours that glint in the persistent rays from the sun. On the other hand, the board has been made to look like it has grown organically from the floor as if made from two trees which at random intervals sprout purple gemstones. Low-paying symbols are a standard set of playing card signs such as 10, J, Q, K, A. Whereas the higher paying symbols comprise four different colour gemstones. The wild is the gem with the ‘W’ on it whilst the scatter is the purple gem haloed in gold.
Shimmering Woods Slot How to Play
Play ‘n GO makes setting up and playing Shimmering Woods easy, with a range of betting options provided along the bottom of the screen. Using this menu, players can set the bet per spin and win and loss limits. Once these parameters are set, players may spin the reels. This can be done either by using the manual spin button or by setting up automatic spins. To win, players must match symbols across pay lines from left to right.
Shimmering Woods on Mobile
Shimmering Woods can be played on all mobile platforms and is optimised for Apple and Android software.
Shimmering Woods Slot Bonus Round and Free Spins
The key gaming mechanic of this slot is the splitting symbols dynamic that is active on every game spin. This feature allows players to expand the number of pay lines available to play on. At the start of every spin, 1 of the normal symbols is randomly selected to be the splitting symbol. Every iteration of that symbol on that spin then splits in two. By creating more positions, the game expands the pay lines. The maximum pay lines available to play on is 7,776.
Shimmering Woods also has a cascading reels feature active at all times. This means that if you land a winning combination, the symbols that were part of that combination are destroyed and replaced immediately by new symbols that fall in from above. This gives you more chance of forming wins with the same spin. The feature ends when a new set of symbols does not trigger a win.
Working in tandem with this feature is the win multiplier feature. For every cascade that you manage to trigger, an attached multiplier grows by 1x and is applied to your win. A winless cascade will reset the multiplier to 1x (its base level).
Lastly, there is the Shimmer feature, which is in effect this game’s free spins round. To activate this feature, players must land 3 of the scatter symbols on the reels on one spin. The number of scatters that you land to trigger the feature will determine how many free spins you are granted and how many splitting symbols will accompany you.
Landing 3 scatter symbols = ten free spins with one extra splitting symbol.
Landing 4 scatter symbols = 13 free spins and two extra splitting symbols.
Landing 5 scatter symbols = 16 free spins and three extra splitting symbols.
Landing 6 scatter symbols = 19 free spins and four extra splitting symbols.
You will also carry any splitting symbols that you had from the base game over to the free spins round. However, the multiplier will not be brought with you. The Shimmer free spins can be retriggered from within the feature by landing yet another three or more scatter symbols.
Landing 3 within the free spins feature will grant you three more spins and one extra splitting symbol.
Landing 4 will grant you six more free spins and two more splitting symbols.
Landing 5 will grant you nine more spins and three splitting symbols.
Landing 6 will grant you 12 extra spins and four splitting symbols.