Shanghai Lights

Shanghai Lights

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  • Category: Free Bonus
  • Title: Shanghai Lights
  • Type: 5x3 Reels, 50 Pay Lines, Wilds, Free Spins, and Multiplier.
  • Genre: China, Glamour
  • Bonus: 400% Match Bonus up to $4000
  • Software: Realtime Gaming
  • Summary: Shanghai is the inspiration for the forthcoming Realtime Gaming slot Shanghai Lights. This slot is sure to be a very popular as it comes with 50 pay lines and other great gaming features.
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Shanghai remains one of China's most important cities, a mecca for imports and exports a global financial center and a town that knows how to have a good time. The new Realtime Gaming slot Shanghai Lights encapsulates a little of the glitz and glamour of downtown Shanghai in this very neatly presented slot.

As the most populous city in the world, Shanghai's 24 million inhabitants live on the Yangtze River delta and the city has become the embodiment of China's booming economy. As such, that means plenty of money rolling around and its Lujiazui skyline is one of the most iconic in the world.

The Shanghai Lights slot, as the name hints at, celebrates what happens after work when the inhabitants of the city let their hair down and head out for a night of fun. It's all rather dapper, with the men dressed very smartly in ties or dicky bows, while the ladies are all made up beautifully.

If there is a phrase you can use to describe the Shanghai Lights slot it would be elegantly stylish. But does that translate into an exciting slot game underneath this opulent facade? Let's take a closer look and find out what the game has to offer.

Overview

  • Game: Shanghai Lights
  • Developer: Realtime Gaming
  • Reels: 5x3
  • Pay Lines: 50 (selectable)
  • Minimum Bet: 0.01
  • Maximum Bet: 12.50
  • Jackpot: 50,000
  • Free Spins Bonus: Yes
  • Other Bonuses: Yes
  • Progressive: No
  • Volatility: High

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Presentation

The setting of the Shanghai Lights slot seems to inside a rather elegant building. I am presuming that this is a nightclub of some sort given the title of the slot and its theme and lying sat the center of the room inside the red and gold pillars, are the five reels.

Unlike some eastern-themed slots which use eastern characters on the reels, this slot has been more westernized and it is very easy to spot winning lines and whatnot as you play. In addition, the cheerful soundtrack that plays as you spin the reels is very nicely done and gives the slot a nice atmosphere as well as injecting a little pace into the game play.

The main controls of the slot are all at the foot of the reels and you can alter your line bet size as well as the number of lines you want to play from a single line up to the maximum of 50 (though we recommend playing with the maximum number of lines). Playing maximum lines, minimum to maximum bets range from $0.50 to $12.50, although you can reduce the number of lines to reduce these amounts if you prefer.

One nice feature of the slot is that you can set the speed to 1x, 2x or 3x the normal speed, which allows you to play through more spins, if you only have a limited amount of time available.

What's on the reels?

As we stated in the previous section, the Shanghai Lights slot has been somewhat westernized compared to some other Asian-themed slots and this is shown by the symbols used on the reels. The lower value symbols are the four playing card symbols, the Club, Spade, Heart and Diamond. These all offer the same value wins of 5 coins for 3 on a line, 20 coins for four and 80 coins for 5 across the reels.

There are two mid-value symbols, which are the two ladies, who again share the same pay-outs of 8 coins for three, 80 coins for four and 300 coins for five across a line. The higher value symbols are the two male characters and the Shanghai Lights logo.

These symbols all pay small amounts for just two symbols on a line (5 coins for the two men, 8 coins for the Shanghai Lights logo) and you can win up to 800 coins for five of the same male symbols on a line or 888 coins for five of the Shanghai Lights logo symbols on a line.

Wild features

The Wild feature is very easy to identify as it is the word Wild over a neon-lit night scene. The Wild only appears on the third reel of the slot and it can be used to replace any of the standard symbols outlined above to help create additional winning lines.

In Shanghai Lights though, the Wild is an Expanding Wild and when you land the symbol in any position on the middle reel, it will expand to cover the entire reel for that spin. This can lead to some additional wins, but it is not guaranteed that landing a Wild will land you a win.

Free Spins features

The key to the Free Spins feature of the Shanghai Lights slot is the gold coin Scatter symbol. This initially awards you a cash prize of 1x your total bet for 2 scatters, 2x your total bet for three, 3x your total bet for four and most enticing of all 50x your total bet for the maximum five scatters landed across the reels.

In addition, three or more scatters landed on the reels awards you a Free Spins bonus game where you will receive five free spins. During Free Spins though, you also have the Expanding Wild symbols on the fourth and fifth reels, as well as the third reel. Furthermore, during Free Games any win that includes a Wild as part of its line sees that win given a 2x multiplier.

Land two scatters during the free spins bonus and you trigger a cash prize and if you land three or more scatters on a free spin, then you re-trigger the bonus and can play through it again. You can re-trigger the bonus a maximum of five times (offering you a maximum of 25 free spins).

At the end of your Free Spins round, you are then given three Super Spins. In this bonus, you can upgrade the reels and prizes you win in a number of ways, based on how many winning scatter pays occurred during your Free Spins bonus round. The bonus extras for each of the number of Shanghai Lights scatters landed during free spins are outlined below:

  • 0 landed - the High Paying Shanghai Lights symbol is grouped on the reels
  • 1 landed - Reel 5 is turned Wild
  • 2 landed - Any scatter landed pays 5x your total bet
  • 3 landed - Any win landed with a Wild pays a 3x multiplier
  • 4 landed - Reel 4 is turned Wild
  • 5 landed - Reel 3 is turned Wild

In each case, the more scatters landed in free spins, the more items you unlock. So if you hit three scatters during free spins, then you get grouped Shanghai Lights symbols, Reel 5 turned Wild, any scatter landing offering you a 5x win and any win with a wild offering you a 3x multiplier. The bonuses are cumulative which is great touch.

Best of all, land any scatter during your Super Spins and you will win one more additional Super Spin. If you re-trigger Free Spins, then you will play your original Free Spins, then your Super Spins round, before going back to play through your re-triggered Free Spins bonus game (and subsequent Super Spins after that).

Other bonus features

Other than the Free Spins and Super Spins bonus game that follows on from it, there aren't any other bonus features on the Shanghai Lights slot.

Best feature of the Shanghai Lights slot

For me, the Free Spins bonus round is the real winning element of the Shanghai Lights slot. At first, when I played the game and saw that you landed just five Free Spins, I was really disappointed as this didn't seem a huge amount, but the added bonus features of the round, including re-triggers and the Super Spins round at the end of your free spins, really make this a potentially lucrative round. That is much needed too as Shanghai Lights is a higher variance game and those very big wins tend to come in Free Spins and in particular on your Super Spins, especially if you have managed to land a few scatters during the Free Spins round.

What does the Shanghai Lights slot lack?

The only thing I would have added to the Shanghai Lights slot to make it a little more enticing would have been some form of bonus feature that is randomly triggered in the base game. That's because the base game is a tad repetitive at times and the wins during it tend to be small and somewhat few and far between. That's typical of a high variance game though, but a little bonus feature which triggers at random would have given an added depth to the base game.

Conclusion

In terms of presentation, style and bonus features, I think the Shanghai Lights slot is one of the best I've played in a while. It has a very rewarding bonus feature that has some additional bonuses attached that really give it extra excitement (and potentially some very large wins). The base game can get a bit repetitive and it is a game that you need patience and a big bankroll to get the best of, but if you do, then you will find that Shanghai Lights has plenty to dazzle you with.

Ratings

  • Presentation: 15 / 20 - The graphics of the Shanghai Lights slot are very nicely done and among the best I've seen from Realtime Gaming and the same can be said for the music that accompanies it. My one gripe would be the backdrop of the slot is a little boring, and perhaps the Shanghai skyline would have been a better option here.
  • Game-play: 13 / 20 - The game-play on the Shanghai Lights slot is fun and I like the fact that you can speed up the pace of the game using a special feature. This is especially useful for those who want to play as many spins as possible in a short amount of time. The game itself is fun to play, but the base game does get a tad repetitive, especially when you find it a struggle to trigger the bonus game.
  • Bonus Features: 18 / 20 - For me, the bonuses make the Shanghai Lights slot turn from an okay game into a very good one. The Free Spins round is short, but can be re-triggered and the bonuses you can land in it for the Super Spins round mean that you are not just looking for cash prizes during the free spins. It adds depth to the slot and gives the game a new element. You also feel like you are double rewarded with the Super Spins round too.
  • Entertainment Factor: 14 / 20 - Although I found the base game a little repetitive after a while, I felt the way that the Shanghai Lights slot was put together was very agreeable. The bonus games are brilliant when they kick in and the Expanding Wild on the middle reel can see you land some valuable wins in the base game in the meantime.
  • Play Value: 11 / 20 - Shanghai Lights is a higher variance game which means that wins on the slot are few and far between in general. That means you do need a bigger bankroll than usual to enjoy the game. However, you can win some massive prizes during the Free Spins round in particular, especially the Super Spins, and it is here that you can land some of the prizes that make playing the game worthwhile. It just takes time and patience to unlock a big win usually.
  • Overall 71 / 100 - There's a lot to like about the Shanghai Lights slot. The base game is possibly the weakest part of the slot, but it is still nicely presented and eminently playable. The action kicks up a notch though when you get into the bonus features with the Expanding Wild and the Free Spins round (and its attached Super Spins) really livening things up a great deal. This is a very nicely put together slot and one of Realtime Gaming's best offerings for a while in my view.

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