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Title:  Serpent Shrine
Developer: Relax Gaming
Reels: 5
Rows: 7
Paylines: 108-16,807
RTP: 96.53%
Free Spins Freq: N/A
Max Win: 10,013x
Max Win Probability: N/A
Volatility: High
Min/Max Bet: 0.40/200
Release Date: July 16, 2020


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Serpent Shrine: Slot Overview

With Serpent Shrine, Fantasma Games has stuck to the fantasy theme that has served them well in their previous releases such as Heroes Hunt Megaways, and Hades River of Souls. Both of which are feature-rich games, yet Serpent Shrine takes it next level in a slot full of extras, expandable elements, and two potent free spin bonus games.


Fantasma went into full game building mode when they designed Serpent Shrine, as they often tend to do. It is set deep in one of the world’s hidden places, uncovered by a group of explores in an ancient forest. A path led them underground where an enormous snake guards a hidden treasure. They escaped once, but the lure of treasure brought them back. So far no one has returned from this underworld grotto.


It’s here players join the story where Fantasma Games has created an enticingly atmospheric environment. It’s all gnarled twisted trees, rocky outcrops, and luminescent flowers swaying in the breeze. The look is similar to Hades River of Souls, sharing that same cartoonish, yet slightly sinister quality.


The look might be Hades(ish), but that’s where the similarities end. Serpent Shrine is played on a grid made of 5 columns and 7 rows. However, not all positions are active in the beginning. At the start of new spins, players access a 2-3-3-3-2 section of the grid – the remaining blockers tiles are removed by the Butterfly and Bomb feature as you will see.


Playable from 20 p/c to £/€50 per spin, Serpent Shrine offers a solid theoretical RTP of 96.55%, while volatility is classed as high by the developer. Nearly one spin in four results in a payout, keeping the flow going, thanks to a hit frequency of 23.37%.


On each new base game spin, there are 108 win ways, though this figure expands to 16,807 when the grid is clear of blockers. The symbols involved are a theme friendly mix, split into low, medium, and high pays. The low pays are mining accessories such as picks, maps, and lanterns, followed by three mid pay coloured minerals. The explorers mentioned above return as the high pays, in an undead form. Now they’ve become - purple, green, and red skeletons, worth 2.5x to 3x the bet. However, they pale in comparison to the serpent symbol which is worth 10x the stake for a line of five.


The last symbol to cover here is the golden shard wild. It’s not worth anything on its own, but it subs for any other pay symbols to string together a combination.


Serpent Shrine: Slot Features
There are some potentially explosive extras on offer in the Serpent Shrine slot. The biggest opportunities come in the free spins where defeating the Serpent can deliver extra spins and enormous 100x multipliers. We’ll start by looking at the butterfly wilds.


Butterfly feature

You can open up locked positions by landing a winning combination that includes a butterfly wild. These can appear on reels 2, 3 and 4 only. Each butterfly wild that hits unlocks 3 previously locked positions and also awards a respin. If you land a new win that includes a butterfly wild on the respin, the process is repeated.


If you manage to unlock all the symbol positions on the grid, you’ll activate the Snake Free Spins feature. We’ll look at these below, but first, the Bomb feature.




Bomb feature

In the locked portion of the reel grid, you’ll see 3 pale blue bomb symbols. When a bomb is unlocked, it explodes and opens up all the locked symbols vertically and horizontally. A butterfly wild is created with each bomb explosion. The new butterfly wild is placed in a new position at the start of the respin that follows.




Snake Free Spins feature

When you unlock all positions on the grid, you will trigger the Snake Free Spins feature. On in, you can look forward to 5 free spins complete with a multiplier which increases with each free spin. The multiplier can reach 100x:

  • 1st free spin = 1x multiplier
  • 2nd free spin = 2x multiplier
  • 3rd free spin = 5x multiplier
  • 4th free spin = 20 x multiplier
  • 5th free spin = 100 x multiplier


Look out for a snake which covers an increasing proportion of the reels and the number of ways to win with each free spin.


If a Butterfly Wild lands during the free spins, it attacks the snake, removing one of its teeth, leaving more grid positions open for more winning opportunities.

Land a third Butterfly Wild and it kills the snake and triggers the Super Free Spins feature.






Super Free Spins feature

Trigger the Super Free Spins feature and you’ll receive 2 free spins. These are played on a fully opened set of reels that offers 16,807 ways to win.


That’s not all, any payouts you land here are boosted by a massive 100x multiplier.



Serpent Shrine: Slot Verdict

Serpent Shrine picks up right where Hades River of Souls left off while taking things in a new direction. The studio has landed on a distinctive look, and their apparent love of fantasy is paying dividends in the slots they create. Serpent Shrine is another strong game that won’t appeal to everyone, but shows Fantasma isn’t afraid to keep forging along the path they have created.


Even if you’re not in the mood for a complicated slot, you have to acknowledge Fantasma Games are doing something that stands out. What is also clear is that the studio isn’t afraid of experimenting with features. Clearing the grid for free spins isn’t totally new, but what happens next is quite unique.


You don’t get many Snake or Super free spins, and it doesn’t guarantee winners will land, but when they do you get some pretty decent multipliers to make the most of them. The elusive Super Free Spins are where the game can get edgy indeed, and payouts average 743 times the stake from this feature.


Those chasing big wins will be pleased to know that potential of up to 10,000 times the stake awaits successful explorers. You might not get many free spins to utilise, and they don’t always end in triumph, but for a short sharp blast of intense gaming, they are pretty satisfying.


All added up, Serpent Shrine won’t be to everyone’s taste, but if you’re after a slot with complexity, a mission, and a back story, then it’s well worth a look.

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