Travel back in time on the slot from YoloPlay to the era when the Shang Dynasty was ruling the Yellow River valley. Many legends draw a connection between the Emperor and the Dragon, the two main characters that will come alive on this game. They will nudge in place, expand to cover an entire reel or stay sticky for respins to score mega wins of up to 2,200 times your bet.
Shang Dynasty is a video slot with five reels, four rows and 20 fixed pay lines with a twist. The first 10 pay lines will award wins from the left to right, while pay lines 11 – 20 will award wins from right to left. Further, any three matching symbols on the three centre reels will pay a win for a three of a kind. Wandering through the Yellow River valley will cost 0.20 to 80 credits. The medium variance game has an RTP of 96.09% and can be played on mobile and desktop.
Graphics and Visuals
A blossoming cherry orchard is the backdrop to a set of slot reels populated by Asian fruits, flowers, and lucky icons. The two main characters, the Emperor and the Dragon, are majestically expanding into full height when they appear only partially on the reels. A typical Asian soundtrack completes a beautifully designed slot.
At the low end are the usual card royals from J through to A, which are followed in ascending order by lychees, persimmons, mangosteens, a bell, a koi carp, and a blue vase. The wild symbol is the top paying symbol and appears in seven forms. Pays for a single five of a kind range from 6x to 100x your stake. Scatters are a Chinese lantern, triggering the free spins when three appear on the reels.
Wild Features in the Base Game
There are four different wilds in the base game. A regular wild and three types of expanding wilds. On reels one and two it is the Emperor Wild, on reel three the Emperor Dragon Wild and on reels four and five the Dragon Wild. All three will nudge up or down to cover the entire reel whenever they land on in partial view. All four wilds substitute for all symbols except scatters.
Shang Dynasty Free Spins Festival
Get ready for a frenzied festival of wild symbols in the free spins. To trigger the feature, you will need to hit lantern scatters on reel one, three and five in one spin. The three lanterns will move to the front, allowing you one pick to reveal one of three wild patterns for the free spins round. Free spins cannot be retriggered.
- Dragon Fruit Spawn Wilds – 10 free spins with spawning wilds. The Dragon Fruit Wild can land on reels two and four only. Each wild will select one of the pay symbols and transform all in view into wild symbols.
- Lotus Sticky Wilds – 10 free spins with sticky wilds. The Lotus Wild can land on all reels and will turn into a sticky wild for the remainder of the round.
- Sticky Respin Wilds – 5 free spins with respins and sticky wild reels. The Dragon Emperor Wild appears on all reels and will first nudge to cover the entire reel and then award one respin for potentially more wins. More wilds landing on the respin will award an additional respin until no further wilds hit on a respin or all reels are wild. A maximum of four respins is awarded. A full screen of wilds pays 1,100 times the bet. If all reels are covered with wild within three respins the game will award one more respin and pay the same amount again.
Asian-themed slots are so widespread in online casinos that the question whether more are need comes up every time we see a new release. Most are best forgotten quickly but some turn out to be gems. Shang Dynasty is such a gem. While it does not look like the perfect graphics marvel, it plays really well and the expanding wilds keep things interesting at all times as they produce regularly small to medium wins as well as the occasional mega win.