Blood & Shadow – Nolimit City
It has been too long since I last looked at provider Nolimit City, who are now dominating the casino market and the creators of many known mechanics. I have not reviewed any new launches since May 2022, which is dreadful for me, and I am going to keep up the best I can now. The last review was for the slot San Quentin xWays, which is one of the provider’s most successful launches. In today’s review, we are learning all about ‘Blood & Shadow’, which was launched on the 7th of March.
This slot is actually a sequel to the previously released Book Of Shadows, which was released back in the year 2020. The main character Shadow Girl has made a comeback; this time, we are deeper into the shadows and in the underworld. Shadow Girl has been studying the forbidden arts and has discovered a ritual for eternal youth. Visually Nolimit City has created a masterpiece; the artwork displays the new darkness within the design. The game background displays a rundown church with candles and skulls scattered. Symbols are different ruins, animals and Shadow Girl herself. These premium symbols have a brighter design when upgraded. When you compare both games, you can see the many similarities, but you can also see the development of this new launch.
Blood & Shadow has a setup of 5 reels by 4 rows; this includes 1,024 to 3,125 set pay lines. This slot is high volatility with a set RTP of 96.13% and a max win capped at 6,666x. You can bet from £0.20 to £280.
Blood & Shadow Symbols & Pay Table
There are 13 symbols in total; this includes 5 low-paying symbols. These are represented by differently shaped ruins. There are also 5 mid-tier symbols; these are represented by Crows, Snakes, Goats, Wolves and a female character. Mid-Tier symbols can transform to high-paying symbols; these symbols have higher pay-outs and are more vibrant. In addition to these regular symbols is a Wild Symbol, an xSplit Symbol and a heart symbol. The highest paying symbol is the Shadow Girl Premium within the Free Spins Feature, awarding 8x for 5 across a pay line. All winning symbols are removed from the reel set, the remaining symbols will tumble down, and new symbols will fall from the top of the reel set.
Blood & Shadow Features & Mechanics
Sticky Wilds appear on reels 2 to 5, during Candle/Cursed Spins and drop to the bottom of the reel set during spins. Removed once part of a winning combination or a new bet is made.
xSplit can be activated during Cursed Spins, splitting the row or reel it lands on. Multiplying the symbol by 2.
There are 5 levels of progression on the Ritual Bar. This bar will reset for each level up; possible levels are;
- Level 1 = 20
- Level 2 = 30
- Level 3 = 40
- Level 4 = 60
- Level 5 = 80
Landing the Scatter Symbols and winning combinations of medium and high-paying symbols advances the Ritual Bar. Medium Symbols = +1 Per Winning Symbol, High Paying Symbols = +2 per winning symbol and Scatter Symbols = +10 Per Scatter. Each level removes the lowest paying symbol and coverts medium symbols to high. The Ritual Bar resets for every new game round.
Reaching a new level of the Ritual Bar awards +2 Candle Spins until level 4 is reached, +6 spins when advancing to Cursed Spins.
Buying Baphomet Rite Instantly progresses the Ritual Bar to level 3 and awards +6 Candle Spins. 3 of the low and medium symbols are replaced with 3 high-paying symbols.
+6 Free Spins are awarded when entering Cursed Spins. The Ritual Bar is removed, and the reel set is transformed to 5×5 with only high-paying symbols. Landing a Scatter award + Free Spin. Purchasing the Cursed Spins awards 10 Free Spins.
Overall, I have to admit I was like a fan girl when I first saw the announcement for Blood & Shadow due to being a massive fan of Book Of Shadows. I am happy to see a new darker turn with this theme and the return of Shadow Girl. The Ritual Bar, Sticky Wilds and xSplit symbols all work perfectly together to not be too overwhelming to understand the gameplay. Paired with a max win capped at 6,666x and 2 Free Spins features. Be sure to try out this game for yourself and check out our exclusive casino offers.