Venture into an enchanted forest in search of precious gems and shiny diamonds on the slot from Play’n GO. Shimmering Woods is taking you on a volatile journey across five dynamic reels with cascading symbols, wild substitutions, Splitting Symbols, progressive win multipliers and a free spins round that can lead to wins of up to 25,000 times your bet.
Shimmering Woods is a video slot with five reels, three rows and 243 payways as default. Thanks to the Splitting Symbols, the grid can increase up to a 5×6 size with 7,776 ways. Wins are awarded for three to five matching symbols landing on adjacent reels from left to right only. You can go prospecting for gems on desktop, mobile or tablet from 0.20 to 100 credits per spin. The game has medium volatility (7/10) with an RTP of 96.20%. Beware, some casinos will offer the game with lower RTP settings of 94.20% or 91.20%. Make sure to read the help file to find out which version you will be playing.
An enchanted forest scene is opening up when you load the game with gems scattered on both sides of the game window. The reels are framed by wooden poles each adorned with purple gems while the symbols are held on wooden blocks. The scenery changes to a night setting with fireflies buzzing around the reels.
The pay symbols start at the low end with card royals from 10 through to A, awarding 0.3x to 0.4x your bet for a single five of a kind. They are followed by red, blue and green gems as well as shiny diamonds. Hit five across the reels to win 1x to 3x your stake. A framed diamond marked with ‘W’ us the wild, appearing on all reels and substituting for all regular pay symbols. It will also yield 3x your bet for five. A framed purple gem acts as the scatter.
Shimmering Woods Slot Features
Shimmering Woods is not Play’n GO’s first foray into dynamic reels and splitting symbol mechanics although their debut with Perfect Gems Payways didn’t get much traction in the player community. They tried it again with Frozen Gems which was better received. Question is now how will this latest creation fare as a first look at the game did not reveal much novelty.
The focal point in the gameplay is the display on top of the reels. All spins start with 243 ways and in the base game, one pay symbol or the wild is randomly chosen as the Splitting Symbol and shown in the display. Any instances landing, will split in two and increase the number of the bet ways, up to a maximum of 7,776 ways. Winning combos are removed and new symbols tumble into place. At the same time, the win multiplier increases by x1 for each symbol cascade within the same spin, no limits.
Hitting three purple gem scatters anywhere on reels one, three and five will trigger the 10 Free Spins plus 1 fixed Splitting Symbol. The round starts with the Shimmer feature which will randomly split between 0 – 3 scatters into two and award extra spins and more Splitting Symbols. The maximum you can end up with is six scatters. Here’s what you will get at each stage.
- 3 Scatters (Default): 10 Free Spins + 1 fixed Splitting Symbol
- 4 Scatters: 13 Free Spins + 2 fixed Splitting Symbols.
- 5 Scatters: 16 Free Spins + 3 fixed Splitting Symbols
- 6 Scatters: 19 Free Spins + 4 fixed Splitting Symbols
Once the Shimmer feature concludes, you will proceed to play the free spins with the awarded symbols. The active Splitting Symbols will be shown in the now larger display on top of the reels. Any landing in view will always split in two. Naturally, the more are active the better. The progressive win multiplier is also in play but will reset between free spins.
And there is more as you can hit retriggers for extra free spins and additional Splitting Symbols. You could end up with all 10 pay symbols being always split. The procedure is the same as at the start of the round. Land three scatters and have them potentially split by the Shimmer feature. Three, four, five or six scatters will get you +3 | +6 | +9 | +12 Free Spins and +1 | +2 | +3 | +4 Splitting Symbols. Only free spins are awarded once all symbols have become Splitting Symbols.
Shimmering Woods came as a surprise with regards to the maximum win cap. Play’n GO took the plunge on this one and cranked it up from the usual 5,000x to very respectable 25,000x bet. The game itself seems to have the potential to deliver that kind of wins, especially in the free spins feature when you manage to have a few symbols splitting and a sizeable multiplier.
Shimmering Woods – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
- 1. What are the possible RTP settings for Shimmering Woods?
- 2. Does Shimmering Woods have a Free Spins feature?
- 3. Where can I play Shimmering Woods or other slots from Play'n GO?