After taking us to modern Japan with Tokidoki Lucky Town video slot, the good people of IGT decided to visit ancient China in their newest release called Dragons Temple.
Like the name says itself, the 2016 release is themed after these legendary creatures from Chinese folklore.
Set in a temple high on a mountaintop surrounded by beautiful cherry trees, this IGT title tells a tale of five different-coloured dragons that dwell in the temple and spread across the entire reel once you manage to land them.
The dragons are actually Wild symbols and will award spinners with some lucrative payouts due to their expanding nature and the ability to transform into every symbol except Scatter.
Also, the slot features some pretty cool Free Spins bonus with three different options, which is reason enough for gamers to pack their bags and visit the mysterious Orient once again.
IGT is not that active on the market as they used to be, but have recently released some cutting-edge slots like Tokidoki Lucky Town and Wheels of Fortune on Tour. The company was founded back in 1975, and is considered to be the veterans of the gambling industry.
Today, IGT has headquarters in The United Kingdom and operational offices in Rome, Las Vegas and Providence. Their main field of business is the design, development and production of land-based slot machines and online casino games and software available on all platforms.
How To Play It
The 2016 release houses some decent graphics and soundtrack typical for these kinds of oriental slots. Apart from five different Dragon Wilds, you will also see A Chinese Temple, Chinese Symbols, Dragon’s Temple logo, Koi Fish, a Vase, while the rest of the symbols are 10-A playing cards, cleverly decorated in an oriental manner.
The background is beautifully designed, with lots of blossomed cherry trees and a calming landscape. Yin Yang is used as a Scatter that appears on reels 2, 3 and 4 and you need three of them to trigger the Free Spins feature.
This five-reel slot offers 50 adjustable paylines, so you may choose to play with 10, 20, 30, 40 or 50 of them, which is entirely up to you.
The coin denomination is also adjustable, going from $1 to $500, so chose the coin value wisely. Betting starts at $10, while the maximum wager you can place is $2,500, which might frighten even high rollers a bit.
The slot pays from left to right starting from the leftmost reel, and two of a kind is the minimum for landing payouts, with the exception of low-value symbols that require three of a kind.
Dragon Wilds are crucial for winning big payouts, due to their expanding nature. Once you land a Dragon Wild on the reels, it will turn an entire reel into Wild, only if it forms a winning combination with adjacent symbols.
If you are lucky enough to land more Wilds in a single spin, you are guaranteed some insane payouts, because these mystical creatures are very generous, offering 1,000 coins for the maximum combination.
The Dragon Wilds are very important for the Free Spins feature also. Free Spins are triggered by three Yin Yang Scatters, and once you activate the Bonus round, you will be offered three options.
The first one is to pick 15 freebies and get the central reel as a Wild one. The second gets you 10 free spins and reels 2 and 4 stacked with Wilds. The third option is to choose only 5 freebies, but in that case, reels 1, 3 and 5 will turn into Wilds. What is important to mention is that the reels will be Wild in each and every spin.
As we already said, the Dragon symbols pay the most, 1,000 coins for five of a kind. If you take under consideration that they are expanding Wilds, it does not take much to conclude that you are in for some crazy payouts.
The maximum possible payout is capped at $25,000,000, but we wouldn’t want you to think this slot will make you millionaires, because it is almost impossible to fill all the cells with Wilds. Base game also offers rewarding payouts, with the Dragon’s Temple logo worth 1,000 coins for five of a kind, and the Chinese Temple offering 500 coins for the same combination.
When talking about the theme of the game, we feel there are more than enough video slots on the market themed after ancient China. Also, IGT could have polished things up a bit when talking about graphics and animations, while the soundtrack could use some improvement.
The Dragons, however, offer plenty of excitement and rewards both in the Bonus round and the base game.
Oriental folklore always stressed patience as one of the most important virtues, and you will have more than enough opportunities to test your while waiting for the Free Spins feature, but don’t be too surprised if the Dragons reward you for your time with some hefty payouts during base game.