Shimmering Woods released by Play’n GO is built on the Split Symbols mechanism, which we saw before with Frozen Gems and Perfect Gems. This game mechanism allows symbols to split, creating more ways to win.You could, with a little imagination, think of it as Play’n GO's answer to the Megaways slots.
Winning big money is very well possible with Shimmering Woods: you can win up to 25,000x the total bet. There are not many Play’n GO slots with a higher maximum win: most of their slots pay out between 5,000x and 10,000x the bet.
Anyway, winning big money is one thing, it is just as important whether the slot is fun to play. The answer is a resounding yes. Due to the previously mentioned Split Symbols, progressive multipliers, falling symbols as well as retriggers, this slot can be an absolute joy to play.
All sorts of things happen and that can be a bit overwhelming at times, but the great thing is that a seemingly small payout can just grow into a monster spider. That surprise effect, which you see with many Play’n GO slots (especially with Cluster Pays slots), is extremely attractive.
Shimmering Woods takes place in a mysterious forest, where not much happens at first glance. But first impressions can sometimes be misleading. The playing field initially consists of 5 reels with 3 good looking rows of fancy symbols. They enable you to come up with up to 243 combinations that allow you to win.
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Before the start of every gameround, you choose a special symbol. This is a Split Symbol that is valid for this game. This symbol is therefore split and thus provides more ways to win: up to a maximum of 7,776 pieces.
That's not all: winning symbols disappear and make way for new ones, so that chain reactions can arise. Shimmering Woods is generous in this sense. The multiplier becomes bigger by +1 every time you win.
You can bet within this indicated range - from 0.20 CAD for 1 round spin and that goes up to 100 CAD. In theory, you can get up to 96.20% as a payout, but unfortunately there are also online casinos that use lower RTPs for their Play’n GO slots. Five of the same card symbols (10, J, Q, K and A) are worth an amount of between 0.30x and 0.40x the bet.
Three scatters on reels 1, 3 and 5 activate the free spins bonus. The scatters can now also be split and that is essential to determine how many free spins you start with and which symbols are always a Split Symbol.
The number of scatters actually determines how much you can win. You can win between 10 and 19 free spins and a minimum of 1 and a maximum of 4 Split Symbols. You can also score retriggers and here too you not only get extra free spins (between 3 and 12), but also extra Split Symbols (between 1 & 4).
We love these seemingly simple slots, which have a very powerful mathematical model hidden behind them. At Shimmering Woods you can hit a huge hit through all the boosters in both the basic game and during the free spins, and you feel that this killer is always waiting around the corner. We hope that Shimmering Woods will be a huge success for Play’n GO so that they make many more slots with such a mechanism.