Ancient Chinese culture is one of the most popular sources of inspiration for online slot games, and Playtech has thrown another name into the mix with the Dragon Bond slot game.
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Playtech does offer some nicely designed titles in its portfolio, but the Dragon Bonus slot game is not really one of them. The game has an incredibly dated feel. When we played for this Dragon Bond slot review, we also found the soundtrack to be fairly irritating, with the winning sound effects being particularly grating. Take our advice and turn the sound off before you start the game.
In terms of gameplay, the slot takes place on a 6x4 grid with 50 active paylines on each spin. The minimum you can play for the slot for is €0.10, while the maximum is €500. This is a huge betting range and it will no doubt appeal to players on both ends of the budget spectrum.
Despite its somewhat dated feel, the slot can be played on mobile devices including both those on Android and iOS operating systems.
In the slot, your coin value is your total bet divided by 10. All winning combinations in the game pay out in coins. The highest paying symbol in the game is the scatter which, as well as triggering the bonus spins, will pay out 100 coins for a combination of six, 25 for five, 10 for four, and two for three.
The highest of the standard symbols is the two fish, which pay out 20 coins for six, 10 coins for five, six coins for four, and three coins for a combo of three. A turtle and a frog then follow, both paying 15 coins for six, with a flower and a butterfly then paying 10 coins for the same number.
The Ace, King, Queen, and Jack all offer the same payouts - five coins for a combination of six, down to 1 coin for a combination of three. The lowest paying symbols in the game are the numbers 10 and 9. These pay out four coins for six, three coins for five, two coins for four, and one coin for a combo of three.
When it comes to Dragon Bond bonus features, the selection is fairly limited. The main feature in the slot is the bonus spins round. This is triggered whenever you manage to land three or more of the game’s scatter symbol. Three will give you 10 Dragon Bond bonus spins, while four rewards 15, five gives you 25, and six gives the maximum of 50. Landing more scatters during the round will reward you with extra bonus spins.
On any given spin in the game, the wild connect feature can be active. If two or more wilds land on adjacent reels, they will reach out across the grid and turn all symbols between them into wilds. Needless to say, this can lead to some really nice winning combinations.
It also leads nicely into the Dragon Bonus feature. This is triggered when you manage to fill the entire grid with wild symbols. When this happens, you will be rewarded with a payout of 5,000x your coin value. This, as well as the Wild Connect feature, can occur in either the base game of the bonus spins round.
To round off this Dragon Bond slot review, we are going to take a look at the game’s underlying numbers. Despite a dated style, the game actually offers solid returns - the Dragon Bond RTP is listed as 96.85%. Few games get close to or over 97%, so this does make the slot worthy of some recognition. There is no volatility information provided about the game though. We found that we were able to score the occasional big win, but never came close to securing the 5,000x coin value max win.