This slot machine is a Japanese themed game from Proprietary Games. The slot features images that remind us of the mafia with gangster characters, revolvers, cigars, smart black cars and martini glasses.
Upbeat jazz music plays in the background while a street scene and river scene lie behind the reels to invite players into the glamorous world of Shanghai. The special features here include 50 paylines, free spins, wilds and scatters for lots of different ways to win in the Far East.
Players are greeted by the strong Japanese and mafia theme as they play the game. The Japanese characters on the reels combine with dramatic animations that include a gangster shooting a gun into the screen. The images on the reels include a Japanese woman, a Japanese man, a gangster character in a hat, black car, cocktail glass and cigar, nightlife image with neon lights, and a revolver with bullets.
The 50 paylines in the game are all fixed into place to give the max number of winning chances on every single spin. You can see the paylines climbing up the side of the screen letting you easily track them across the reels. You can still raise and lower your bet per spin by clicking the coin size button to move this from a minimum of 50 to a maximum of 15,000 per spin. You can also change your multiples by clicking to raise this from 1 to 10. Together these options move your total stake per spin from a minimum of 50 to a max of 500 coins per spin.
There are various other ways to enhance your gameplay and personalise your experience while playing Shanghai Legend. Select autoplay to play your spins automatically until you press the button again to stop them. You can also select the max bet button to play at the max betting level easily and quickly without having to click through the coin sizes and multiples options.
The best-paying symbol in this game is the gangster icon which pays up to 1000 coins for 5 matching symbols. This is also the wild and appears on reels 1 and 5 to stand in for all the other symbols in the game except the scatter. The next best paying symbols are the Japanese woman and Japanese man who both pay up to 400 coins for 5 matches. Next up are the black car and cocktail glass symbols which pay up to 200 coins. Finally the cocktail glass and Ace icon both pay up to 150 coins. The lowest paying high cards all pay up to 100 coins for 5 matches on a payline.
The nightlife scatter symbol appears on reels 2, 3 and 4 and can activate the free spins round. If you get at least 3 scatters you will enjoy 10 free spins. During this round if you get 4 wilds they can stick on the reels to create more potential wins. This could be the best part of the game if you manage to hit the scatters – so keep your eyes peeled for a mega bank balance boost!
The Japanese mafia theme is a fun one although the happy-go-lucky music does not seem to go with the gangster theme! There are plenty of paylines here with 50 in total for lots of potential winning combinations. However, we found it hard to hit big wins and the free games feature did not manage to trigger for us, unfortunately.
The graphics are good with the background scenes quite evocative and the images on the reels introducing the theme well for a strong atmosphere. The lack of bonus game is the main sticking point here and this could mean players could quickly grow tired of their uneventful trip to the Orient.