Game description

Shah Mat Slot (Red Tiger)

Shah Mat Slot (Red Tiger)At first, I was somehow confused about this title, but after doing a quick search, I came to realise that shah mat translates to the ‘king is helpless’. Other people may translate it to ‘the king is dead’.

Shah Mat is a slot from Red Tiger, and in addition to adding some chess pieces on the reels, this title also creates an immersive Persian themed world that you get to play in.

Game Set-Up

For this title, Red Tiger has used 8 by 8 grid size, and instead of the common pay lines. The developer has gone with the clusters pays system.

Among the features that I got to work with include the Free spins bonus, Colossal Symbols, Multiplier Wilds, and the regular Wilds.

Betting and Prizes

To place a bet, I needed to use at least $0.10 per spin that I made. If you want to challenge yourself with a higher real money bet, you can go for the maximum which is $20 per spin.

Highly volatile, I’m still disappointed that Red Tiger would give Shah Mat such a low RTP of just 95.79%.

When it comes to top payout, the game can pay a maximum of 4,323xs the stake from one spin.

Shah Mat Features

Shah Mat uses many features, and of them is the cascades. As usual with this mechanism, it removes the winning symbols and replaces them with new ones.

Super Symbols are the other type of feature, and these can land randomly at any time in different sizes of 2x2, 3x3, or 4x4.

It is possible to have Super Symbols as the high paying icons, and so are the wilds. Wilds will land on any of the available positions, and they are what I used to replace all the pay symbols.

However, if the wilds are involved in a win, then they will not be removed by the cascade but will remain on the grid.

Another symbol in Shah Mat is the scatter. It is the feature that delivers the free spins, and you need to land 3, 4, 5, or 6 of them to trigger these spins. The result is 12, 15, 18, or 21 free spins. For each extra scatter that landed during the free spins mode, I was rewarded with an additional 1 free spin.

Theme and Design

In the base game is a dimly lit palace room that is decorated using some horse statues. I also noticed some spears that are lit by an eerie golden light.

As for the symbols, four card suits serve as low-value icons. Others are spades, clubs, hearts, diamonds, hearts, plus five high-value ions that include queens, kings, rooks, knights, and bishops.


If you look around for additional chess-themed slots, you'll find plenty of ancient ones that basically feature chess pieces as icons, However, there is nothing quite like Shah Mat in terms of the design.

Shah Mat appears to have been created by chess enthusiasts who wanted to do more than just put pieces on the reels; they wanted to pay a true tribute to the board game and its historical context.

If you don’t mind the combination of high volatility, and low RTP then you should give this slot a try.

UPDATED ON: by James Worden