2016 was a pretty good year for casino pokies giant Microgaming with releases of great pokies such as Lost Vegas, Jungle Jim – El Dorado and Titans of the Sun.
Dragonz was released in October 2016 and although it lacks a storyline and a real theme (other than that is about Dragons) it is a very enjoyable little pokie that combines the cuteness of the dragons with some serious win potential.
This pokie offers 5 reels and 243 ways to win as well as colourful, funny dragons and loads of extra wilds and bonus features. Dragonz’ variance is pretty high, which should appeal to all gamblers that like to take some extra risk while playing. The maximum payout is 107,500 coins and the return to player is a solid 96.3%. Although that rtp is not enough to grab a place in our top 10 of best-paying slots, it is by no means bad.
Dragonz pokie gameplay and features
Dragonz is a pokie without pay lines. Instead, all wins are scattered from left to right as long as the symbols land on consecutive reels. As there are 5 reels with 3 symbols on each reel, there are 243 ways to win.
The minimum bet is $0.40 and the maximum bet goes up to $30. The four dragons are the games’ highest paying symbols. De red and purple dragons have the highest value – get 5 of a kind for 12.5 x your total stake. The white-blue and green dragons are rated a little bit lower – these will pay out 6.5 x the total bet size.
The wild symbol can appear in small stacks of 1 or two 2 wilds. Whenever 1 or more wild symbols appear on the third reel without making a winning combination, you will win an extra free spin with added wilds for a guaranteed win.
All other symbols consist of the all too familiar card symbols that are found on nearly on all Microgaming pokies. Scatter symbols can also get you some nice wins – 2 scatters will net you 2 x your stake while 5 scatters are good for a hefty 100x your stakes. Three or more scatters will also activate the free spins bonus.
Dragonz bonus features – 4 different kinds of free spins.
Once the free spins bonus feature has been activated you will win one of four different free spins bonuses:
Gobble Free spins: you are awarded 10 free spins with the Gobble dragon randomly spitting out wilds on the reels. As long as new winning combinations are made, the wilds will stay sticky.
Frost Free spins: your 10 free spins now come with Frosty Wilds – the dragon Frost freezes non-winning wilds until they are part of a winning combination. as long as
Flint Free spins: during 10 free spins, the Flaming Wilds feature is active. Our big friend Flint appears on the screen at random and can shoot extra wilds on the screen – up to 10 wilds.
Switch Free spins: in this exciting bonus feature you will get 10 free spins with a twist – non-winning wilds are collected by the Dragon Switch. As soon as he has collected three or more, they are used to form winning combinations.
While the base game of Dragonz is a bit plain and uninspiring, this pokie really comes to life during the free spins bonus features. The four different features are all very entertaining in their own right and the Dragon animations are fun to watch.
Watch the Dragonz online pokie trailer
Our verdict: not Microgaming’s best pokie ever, enjoyable nonetheless
Dragonz might not be the world’s most original online pokie, nor does it have the most beautiful graphics. It also lacks a real storyline or theme. What is does have to offer is a nice selection of entertaining and exciting bonus features.
There are four different free spins bonuses in the game, each with their own charm and entertainment value. As an added bonus, the animations are well done and bring in some much-needed cuteness.
All in all, a solid release by Microgaming which should appeal to most pokie players.
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