Blood & Shadow is a new casino slot from NoLimit City in which we participate in a horrific ritual. Having devoted several decades to the study of the forbidden arts in seclusion from civilization, Shadow Girl has finally unearthed a ceremonial practice that confers everlasting youth. In 2020, NoLimit released Book of Shadows, and although this game is not a sequel when it comes to mechanics, it certainly is thematically. The Shadow Girl is in the center of attention again, adding some nostalgia for experienced players. Let’s not dwell on the past, though. It’s time to take a look at the game!
Blood & Shadow is a video slot from NoLimit City that features 5 reels, 4 rows, and 1024 payways. Players can choose between making a Min.bet of 0.20 and a Max.bet of 100. The game has an RTP of 96.13%, placing it just above the industry average on that metric. Blood & Shadows is played at high volatility and offers a demonic max win of 6.666x the bet.
Some nice mechanics will aid you in this terrifying adventure. The features are Wild Symbol, Ritual Bar, Candle Spins, Cursed Spins, and Feature Buys.
The game takes place deep in the shadows of an abandoned cathedral where the underworld is free to roam and immortality beckons. NoLimit has always excelled in creating intriguing environments, and it’s no different this time. They’ve stayed true to the concept from Book of Shadows, but has improved upon it and created a more complete setting.
Blood & Shadow can be played on all common mobile devices and desktops. A winning combination is created by landing 3 or more matching symbols on consecutive reels, starting from the leftmost reel.
The lower-paying symbols consist of various runes. Five-of-a-kind with these pays 0.36x-1.44x the bet. The higher-paying symbols include various animals and characters, with the ones with bright colors paying the best. A full line of 5 with one of these pays 2.16x-19.20x the bet.
What is the max win in the slot Blood & Shadow?
You can win up to 6666x the bet.
What features are available in the slot Blood & Shadow?
The features are Wild Symbol, Ritual Bar, Candle Spins, Cursed Spins, and Feature Buys.
Wild symbols enable more winning combinations by substituting for other paying symbols. During Candle Spins/Cursed Spins, these drop down to the bottom of the reel and become sticky Wilds, until they are part of a winning combination.
Under the grid, you’ll see the Ritual Bar. At the Ritual Bar, there are 5 levels of progression. The Ritual Bar resets for each level-up. Exceeding collects are carried over to the next level. Landing the Scatter Symbols and winning combinations of medium and high paying symbols advances the Ritual Bar, as follows:
The 5 LEAST paying higher-paying symbols = +1 per winning symbol - The 5 HIGHEST paying symbols (bright colored symbols) = +2 per winning symbol
Scatter Symbol (Red heart) = +10 per Scatter symbol
Each level removes the lowest paying symbol and also converts medium symbols to high paying symbols.
Reaching a new level of the Ritual Bar awards +2 Candle Spins. During Candle Spins, you’ll keep progressing the Ritual Bar, and Wilds are sticky until they partake in a winning combination.
Cursed Spins are awarded when the Ritual Bar is filled, activating 6 Free Spins. During this feature, the grid is upgraded to 5 reels and 5 rows with only high-paying symbols. Wilds are sticky until they are part of a winning combination. xSplit symbols can also land, either splitting the row or the reel, multiplying all symbols hit by 2. Landing a Scatter gives +1 Free Spin.
There are 4 different features available for purchase:
55x = 1-5 Lucky Draw: allows you to progress 1-5 steps on the ritual bar, with what seems to be a random amount of candle spins.
166x = 3-5 Lucky Draw: allows you to progress 3-5 steps on the ritual bar.
66x = Baphomet Rite - Buying Baphomet Rite instantly progresses the Ritual bar to level 3 and awards +6 Candle Spins. 3 of the low and medium paying symbols are replaced with 3 high paying symbols.
500x = 10 Cursed Spins
Although Book of Shadows improved on an existing mechanic, its core wasn’t very innovative. However, we can ascertain that we’ve never seen something quite like this game. Removal of lower-paying symbols is not new per sé, but the mechanics that makes it possible and what happens along the way is brand-new.
An underrated feature of the game is that it has payways instead of paylines. This is not too common on smaller grids like this. It removes the annoyance of “blockers”, a.k.a getting the best symbol on each reel but not having them in a line. It makes it more rewarding to remove bad symbols, as it really feels like your chances of making connections increase.
Thematically, the game is bang on with its horror theme, continuing on the setting NoLimit created with Book of Shadows but improving on it.
Blood & Shadow by NoLimit reintroduces the Shadow Girl on a brand-new stage with some very intriguing mechanics.