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Overview of Serpent Shrine Slot
Serpent Shrine is the latest release from Relax Gaming in partnership with Fantasma Games. This fantasy themed slot has been used before in other releases such as Hades River of Souls and Heroes Hunt Megaways. These are both great slots with plenty of features however this slot Serpent Shrine, goes even further with an abundance of features, two free spin bonus games and expandable elements.
Design and Theme
There is no doubt that Serpent Shrine was designed by Fantasma Games with every attention to detail covered. The slot is set in the heart of an ancient forest, where groups of explorers uncovered the path that goes underground with huge snakes that guard the hidden treasure. The explorers have escaped once however the thought of all the treasure was enough to make them come back and to date no one has made it out of this underworld treasure chest.
This is the point where you can join the explorers in this enticing environment. There is a superb atmosphere which is brough to life with the twisted trees, rocky outcrops, and vibrant flowers that sway in the breeze. The slot uses similar cartoon style with a certain sinister quality that you will have come across in Hades River of Souls.
Whilst this slot may have a look of Hades River of Souls this really is where the similarities come to an end. This slot plays out on a grid that is created with 5 columns and 7 rows, but I must point out that not all the positions on your grid are in play when the game begins. At the beginning of any new spin you will have access to a section of grid that is created in a 2-3-3-3-2 format with the other blocker tiles removed by the Bomb and Butterfly feature but more of this later.
When it comes to placing your bets, you can spin for a minimum of 20p per spin up to a maximum of £50 per spin, which is sure to attract all types of players. Theoretically this slot offers a solid return to player that stand at 96.55%, yet the developer has classed the slot as highly volatile. When I played, I found that 1 in 4 of my spins resulted in a reward which kept the slot flowing fluidly and kept me interested, all thanks to the great hit rate frequency that equates to 23.37%.
There are 108 ways to win on each new spin in the base game however this can expand to 16,807 once the grid is clear of the blockers. There is a good range of symbols that support the theme, and these are split into low, medium, and high pays. The lower paying symbols are different types of mining equipment such as maps, lanterns, picks and so on. These are then followed by three medium payers that are represented by coloured minerals. The highest paying symbols are created in the form of coloured skeletons, which are purple, green, and red, and these are worth 2.5x to 3x your bet. These to tend to get passed over though by the serpent symbol which will reward you with 10x your stake if you land a line of five. The last symbol that makes up this slot is the wild which is represented by the golden shard and whilst it has no value on its own it can substitute for all of the other symbols to create winning combinations.
The aim for you in Serpent Shrine’s is to unlock all the positions on the board as these will then award you more. You will get help though in the form of the Bomb and Butterfly feature which I mentioned above. Once this feature has done its job there are greater rewards available for you when you enter the Snake free spins or the fabled Super Free Spins.
If you get lucky and win courtesy of the butterfly wild, it will be sent fluttering over your game screen and it will unlock three random positions which will also award you with a re-spin, this continues until you either clear the screen or you land no more winning symbols.
The bomb symbols can be seen at the start of the base game and these are laid at random on the blocker tiles. If you butterfly symbol hits a bomb it will explode and take out a column or row of adjacent blockers.
If you manage to clear the screen completely with the Bomb and Butterfly you will be rewarded with 5 free Snake Spins. This feature begins with a full grid and there are a massive 16,807 ways in play to win. On each of you spins, there is an enormous snake that comes down the screen row by row reducing the number of ways you can win, however, it is not all bad news as the snake may take away your ways to win but it does provide you with a win multiplier that increases on every one of your spins that starts at x1 to x2, x5, x20, up to x100 on the fifth spin.
The final feature on offer is created by landing 3 Butterfly wilds during the Snake free spins as the butterflies will begin to kill the snake and as they do you will be presented with 2 Super free spins. These spins are played on the full board, but you have a 100x multiplier that is active for both of your spins.
Serpent Shrine is a fantastic slot that certainly takes this type of slot into a new direction where there is plenty of action and many ways to win on offer too. The slot is distinctive and expertly executed with every detail covered. This slot is a strong slot, but it will not appeal to all players particularly if you have a snake phobia!
Fantasma Games are certainly creating their own niche in the market and there is no doubt that their slots stand out. It also proves that this studio is not afraid to experiment and create its own great features; clearing the grid for free spins is not a new concept but what happens afterwards is certainly unique.
Players looking for large wins will be a pleased as there is the potential to win up to 10,000x their stake and although you may not be rewarded with that many free spins all in all there are some fabulous chances to win big. I thoroughly enjoyed playing this game and would recommend it to all.