One of the leading names in online gambling, Play’n GO, has recently added a brand-new game to its slot portfolio. This time, the renowned developer decided to use a mystical theme, immersing players in nature and its wonders. Titled Shimmering Woods, this brightly-coloured release does have a soft look, but there’s lots of excitement lurking beneath the surface.
The game uses a thrilling combination of dynamic reels, beautifully designed symbols, and fantastic features to deliver a package that promises an entertaining playing experience. At the same time, Shimmering Woods has the potential to award lucrative prizes.
Shimmering Woods is set in on a five-reel, three-row grid, and instead of traditional paylines, it provides players with 243 different ways to win. As the game uses splitting symbols, this number can easily reach the thousands. The whole atmosphere is enchanting, while the slot’s most appealing aspect is that it’s one of the highest paying releases from Play’n GO.
This is a medium-to-high variance title, with a variable Return to Player. The version most players will prefer is the one with an average payout percentage of 96.20%. Playable on any device, Shimmering Woods offers the usual range of bets, starting as low as $0.20 and going up to $100 per spin.
Winning combinations can be formed in any row, as long as they start from the leftmost reel and consist of three or more matching icons. You’ll encounter various symbols on the reels, from the standard set of Royals to four higher-paying gemstones. The latter award payout of up to three times the bet for five matching symbols. There’s also the Wild, which substitutes for all regular icons. That way, it helps players create additional wins and increase the size of their payouts.
Play’n GO has already used expanding reels and splitting symbols in some of its slots. With Shimmering Woods, the developer takes things to a new level by implementing expansion mechanics and a cascade pay system in both the Main Game and the bonus round.
The cascade system removes winning combinations from the reels, with new symbols cascading onto the grid to fill empty places. This can lead to the creation of new wins, repeating the process without any limits. Along with the cascade system, there’s a win multiplier increasing with every new cascade and resetting after a losing spin.
At the beginning of each spin, one symbol will be randomly chosen and highlighted in a box located above the grid. The selected icon will become a splitting symbol, splitting into two whenever it gets hit on the reels. It increases the number of ways to win, and with a bit of luck, it can produce a staggering 7,776 ways to win!
Be on the lookout for purple crystal Scatters, as they trigger the Free Spins round whenever they land on reels 1, 3, and 5. Before the round begins, players will have the chance to split up to three Scatters to receive additional perks:
- Three Scatters award ten spins and one splitting symbol.
- Four Scatters award 13 spins and two splitting symbols.
- Five Scatters award 16 spins and three splitting symbols.
- Six Scatters award 19 spins and four splitting symbols.
Active splitting symbols will split into two whenever they land on the reels, while the win multiplier is also in play.
Retriggering the round will grant extra splitting symbols, while up to twelve spins and four splitting symbols are added to your count.