Dragon Spin Pokie Review
Dragons and mythology are popular motifs in Bally’s pokies and the reviewed game is a glaring example of the developer’s attention to this theme. The visual style in Dragon Spin is a bit outdated but the same can refer to most titles of this developer. Fortunately, the lack of superb graphics is outweighed by lucrative features to be described in detail below. So if you do not care about the graphical side, you will find the gameplay appealing.
Very low payout values for each specific combination is another aspect to pay attention to. If you maximize your stake and hit the highest-paying combination, your reward will be less than twice as much as your total stake for that spin ($120 vs. $200). This correlation speaks volumes about the pokie’s volatility. In other words, the pokie is low volatile in how it pays out. By rough estimates, you will get one or more winning combos on almost every rotation of the reels.
Symbols and payouts
Symbols are divided into playing card icons from 10 through A (low-paying) and four dragons (high-paying). Green, Purple, Blue and Red dragons pay out equally: 5 coins for three identical dragons, 20 coins for four dragons and 50 coins for five. In real money terms, the highest possible win that one combination would produce is $200 at the maximum bet.
In normal game mode, the pokie has 30 active paylines and their number cannot be reduced. A player is entitled to change a line bet between $0.01 and $4, therefore a total bet ranges between $0.30 and $120 per spin.
The most characteristic feature of the pokie is stacked symbols. Every spin, the pokie randomly selects one or two symbols, including wilds, and makes them stacked. That means any reel may be occupied by two or more identical pictures that are on top of each other on the reel. If stacks of the same symbols appear on reels 1, 2 and 3, you are guaranteed to hit multiple combinations at a time.
The wild substitutes for all regular symbols and creates combinations independently. Wild combos may be comprised of three or four wild symbols (not five), and the highest prize for hitting four is $200. Just to recap, wilds also come in groups of two or three on a reel, which makes them even more beneficial for a player.
Dragon Spin bonus feature
A round emerald in a golden frame is a bonus trigger that needs to stop on reels 2, 3 and 4 simultaneously to grant you access to a bonus feature. Once this happens, you are awarded one spin of a bonus wheel which contains three kinds of free spin bonuses. There is no way of having free spins activated other than through Emerald bonus symbols.
Raining Wilds free spins
This is one of the three outcomes of a Dragon Spin feature. You are awarded 5 free spins. At the beginning of each spin, the pokie randomly places 3 to 10 wilds on the reels. These wilds are locked in their places until the reels stop, after which all winning combos are calculated and paid. During the feature, wilds are able to create five-of-a-kind combinations that pay out $400 at max.
Persisting Wilds free spins
If you have won this feature, you obtain 5 free spins. On each free spin, the pokie randomly awards a certain number of wilds that get fixed on their places until the free spins complete. As the feature proceeds, the effect of wilds intensifies to culminate on the final, fifth spin. The wilds are randomly granted in the following way:
- On the 1st free spin, 1 or 2 wilds are added
- The same applies to the 2nd and 3rd free spin
- On the 4th spin, 1, 2 or 3 wilds are added to the reels, and
- On the final spin, up to 7 wilds are put onto the screen.
Reel Blast free spins
This is the most unusual feature in the game which involves multireel mechanics. If won, you obtain 5 free spins. On the screen, you will see three identical reel sets, each having five reels. The three central reels of each reel set are completely covered by a colossal symbol. As the game field has enlarged, there are 90 active paylines in total. On each free spin, the reels in each set start and stop spinning simultaneously but produce different outcomes and diverse winning combinations. The Reel Blast feature sets the tone for an exciting time in the pokie and makes it a gem for many pokie fans.
Bottom line on Dragon Spin
Dragon Spin is a 5-reel pokie featuring stacked symbols, locked wilds, Persisting Wilds and 3 free spin modes. The developer have implemented here a multireel layout that activates during free spins. Individual payouts are fairly modest but each spin normally ends with multiple combos created at a time.