Dragonz, the latest game to be announced by Microgaming, chooses for its theme a rather popular topic, but does it differently enough that it’s still worth considering. The four dragons which appear on its reels as symbols are baby versions of the real things, and they’re individual characters, which look and behave differently. It looks a bit like a Japanese anime, at least in the way those four dragons are drawn. The game relies on a wild feature, on scatters, and four different types of free spins. It’s a game with 5 reels/243 ways to win. Payouts are expected to go up to 1,000x in the base game.
Given the number of ways to win, you are asked to use a fixed number of coins instead, the equivalent of about 30-40 pay lines being used to place a bet. You can spend as little as $0.01 per line, or you can increase the number significantly, relying both on the number of coins per line and on their denomination.
The rewards appear to go up to 1,000 coins for the best combinations that are possible in this slot machine. Taking the reward higher than this appears to be a possibility only in the special features of the slot, as there is some mention of jackpots of up to 3,500x the stake. The average RTP is announced to be at 96.3%, which is not a bad number for an online slot machine, but not the best either.
The features are an important aspect of Dragonz. You can expect to find both wilds and scatters inside. The wild symbols are available in the base game as well, replacing the ones that you’re missing and hopefully bringing some sort of new win.
As for the free games, you get them when you land the usual three or more scatters, which is how most slots will trigger this particular feature. Once the requirements are met, there will be a random choice made by the game for you, of one of the four possible types of free spins. Once you’ve played this game for a longer time, and the free spins were triggered a dozen times, you will start getting the option of choosing which one of the four should trigger.
All four variants have the same 10 free spins, it’s the wild feature that differs in each case. For example, from Frost (blue dragon), you will get frosty wilds, which are obtained from wilds that didn’t form combinations, locked on the reels until they do bring you something. Switch (purple dragon) stashes the wilds for you, and lets you use them again once you’ve collected at least three. Gobble (green dragon) will offer winning wilds, randomly placed on the reels and sticky where they appear, also offering additional free spins when this happens. Flint (red dragon) will have flaming wilds. Up to 10 random wilds are given to the player, placed at random on the reels.
Microgaming decided to do something cute here, so that’s the impression that you’re getting from the slot. There are the four cute baby dragons, there are a couple of wild/scatter symbols, and then you have only non-related symbols, with Royals (poker cards). Look behind the game area, and it’s a fantasy setting, with floating islands in the sky.
It certainly looks like a promising new slot machine, it has plenty of options where free spins are involved, and the payouts are on par with what you tend to expect from such a title.