The Argentinian-born, Spanish-based artist Ciruelo was commissioned by Leander Games to design their Dragon slot title, a video slot available via licensing agreements at Amaya Gaming online casinos. Ciruelo’s commitment to flamboyant fantasy art is evident in the title’s beautifully realised dragons, and in the stunning sunset backdrop of a fantasy castle perched on bridges over a breath-taking waterfall behind the transparent reels. The backdrops and animations in the two bonus features are also beautifully realised works of art.
The reel frame, wrought in heavy, spiky metal, continues the theme with dragon and knight motifs. There are five reels showing three windows each in the Dragon slot, with 20 paylines that the player can adjust. They can also vary the line bet, at a variety of intervals between 0.01 and 5.00. A burst of martial music and brief animations occur after wins.
Five Card Values and Six Dragons
The ubiquitous poker values 10 to A pop up in Dragon slot, but Ciruelo has designed them as highly coloured metallic letters with angles and curves reminiscent of shields, swords and armour. All require three matches or better on a payline to win, and five As win 120 credits.
There are also six dragon icons, one of which is the golden expanding Wild. The five payline dragons are blue, red, green, white and black. The top three need only two matches or more to win, and for five of a kind their respective prizes are 150, 250, 300, 800 and 2,500 credits.
Golden Wild Expands, Sticks in Free Spins
A magnificent golden dragon fills the Wild role in Dragon slot, but it is only a substitute; it wins no prizes of its own. However, whenever it forms part of a winning payline, or could form a winning combo in another window of the same reel, the Wild will expand in a fiery animation to fill the whole reel, with the potential to create multiple wins.
During free spins, a permanent expanded Wild is stuck on Reel 1 for the duration, so even a single white or black dragon on Reel 2 qualifies for a prize.
Three More Special Symbols
Unusually, Dragon slot uses three separate special icons with separate bonus features apart from the Wild. The Scatter, a golden knight’s helmet fashioned as a dragon’s skull, wins 5X, 25X or 100X the entire spin bet for three, four or five appearances in any position. The Bonus symbol features a red and white dragon fighting. If it occurs on Reels 2, 3 and 4, the Dragons Fight bonus is triggered. On a rocky outcrop, the player must control the white dragon in a fight against the red dragon. If the white dragon wins, the player wins a random bonus amount like gamblers of Canadian blackjack online.
A knight in armour is the Free Spins Scatter, triggering a round of free spins if it comes up on Reels 1, 3 and 5. On a new screen, the player must pick a dragon to fight: blue, red or green. Each will vary the number of picks a player must make from a mystery selection, hoping to uncover dragons bearing extra free spins and multipliers until their picks run out, rather than the knight, who voids all extras acquired and starts the 10 free spins with no multiplier. Players can unlock up to 15, 20 or 25 free spins, with multipliers of as much as X4, X5 or X6.