Played over five reels and a variable number of rows (in a 3-4-4-4-3 format) with 40 unchangeable Paylines, the design of Quickspin’s Chinese-themed Dragon Shrine Slot video slot (released in October 2016) is simple yet top-notch.
The background is rather psychedelic, incessantly shifting blue, giving the appearance of the sky. An Oriental-sounding backing track complete with bamboo flutes and Chinese harp rounds off the ambience.
Have you got what it takes to awaken the mystical dragon for the chance to bag some big wins?
How to play
The betting range here caters for both the risk-averse and high rollers. Set your bets in the usual fashion and you’re away!
You’ll find a quartet of higher-value symbols in the base game, incorporating gems in different hues – blue, light blue, green and pink. (Of these, the pink is the most rewarding, with a maximum 50x stake payout.)
Meanwhile, the standard playing-card values A through 10 make up the less lucrative symbols, shelling out at up to 16x stake for five.
Dragon Shrine Slot special features
The Wild is a gold tablet with that word in blue on it. As usually happens, it replaces all other symbols apart from the Scatter (a circular green symbol with a temple) in any winning combination.
The Wild is the most rewarding icon in the reel set, paying a tidy 120x stake for five on a line.
You’ll also find a golden dragon bonus symbol here, worth 120x stake for five.
Free spins feature
Activate this perk when three Scatters land anywhere on the central three reels. This grants you 10 free whirls, with Paylines paying both ways (i.e. left to right and vice versa). Land a further three Scatters minimum to retrigger the round.
What’s more, you can trigger the Dragon Stack Respins perk from Reels 5 and 1 during this round. If and when that happens, the opposite reel (i.e. 1 or 5) will be full of stacked dragons at the same time.
Dragon Stacks Respins feature
Activate this as a complete stack of dragon icons lands on Reel 1. This freezes all dragons and Wilds for a trio of free respins. Any extra dragons and Wilds also remain locked in place until the round is done.
Win the fixed jackpot by landing five Wilds on the same Payline. While the winnings are, in truth, relatively modest, the reasonable RTP here means you should be seeing wins quite often, even if these aren’t always huge.
Return to Player (RTP)
Dragon Shrine’s RTP or Return to Player is a decent average of 96.55%, while volatility is just on the high side of medium.
With smooth performance and a couple of nice bonus perks, Dragon Shrine Slot certainly lives up to the sky-high standards Quickspin fans have invariably come to expect of its slot games. It also offers plenty in the way of fun and entertainment.
Obviously, other Asian-themed slots are available. But Dragon Shrine Slot sets itself apart with its clean, almost minimalist look and unique reel set-up – so the gameplay is anything but basic. And, as ever, the overall feel is colourful, bright and playful.
But only you can know if this is a game that breathes fire for you! Try it out – and see how you get on.