Fantasy and medieval themed slots are hardly original but sometimes games that have overused aesthetics can make up for this lack of uniqueness by producing an otherwise fantastic game. Dragon Born, developed by Australian software developers Big Time Gaming, proves itself to be one of these games — even with a title that has been used to death, it’s safe to say that they have created a sound and fun slot title that would rival the likes of NetEnt. But does it have the potential to take the market by storm? Well, with 117,649 ways to win it’s easy to see why.
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|Release Date||February 2016|
|Casino||Leo Vegas Casino|
|Software Provider||Big Time Gaming|
|Slot type||Video slot|
|Platform||Android App, iPhone App, Browser|
|Return to Player (RTP)||95%|
|Slot Reels/ Paylines||6 reels/60 paylines|
|Min/ Max Bets||1-200 coins|
|Max Win||100,000 x your stake|
|Free Spins||Up to 8 free spins|
|Features||Full Reel Wild Icons, Diamond Scatter, Free Spins|
|Pros||Soothing soundtrack, easy to play|
|Cons||Unoriginal theme, lacking features|
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Unlike most online video slots that utilise a 5×3 reel layout, Dragon Born makes use of a 6×5 reel layout which multiplies the players chance of gaining a win. A small change to the usual formula perhaps but it’s still refreshing to see as many slots can look cramped with the traditional design. Gameplay is therefore an extremely pleasant and surprisingly addictive experience; it has your eyes searching all over the reel for a potential win.
This shows that Big Time Gaming has made a large step up from their previous entries, including Gold, which used so much gold in its colour scheme the players couldn’t even locate the spin button. Aside from this, it was a rather bog-standard, poorly designed classic slot. Dragon Born, on the other hand, shows how far the company has come since then with additional features, better graphics and overall more tolerable gamplay. Trust us when we say the spin button is easy to locate in this title.
Dragon Born has features though there aren’t as many of them as we hoped. Perhaps that’s a good thing, though. After all, cramming so many into one game can become rather tiresome and some players may actually just want to play the game and have room to breathe without being bombarded.
Thankfully, the features of this game aren’t intrusive. But if minimal features are what you’re going for then they have to be rewarding and, sadly, Dragon Born fails on that front.
- Full Reel Wild Card: Full Reel Wilds count as 7 symbols and substitute except scatter. All involved combinations are multiplied by one unless otherwise shown on the symbol.
- Diamond Scatter: These symbols can appear in any of the reels and do not have to be consecutive or start from the left hand reel. Three diamond icons will result in the free spins feature.
- Free Spins: This is pretty self-explanatory and any wins will be immediately credited to the player’s account.
You can probably see the immediate problem here. You have to go through the other features of the game in order to activate it’s best feature which doesn’t turn out to be all that much to shout about. Free spins? Really? They’re almost a standard for every slot game on the market. If Dragon Born has any chance of standing out then it needs to think of better features than this. This is why it only has four instead of five stars.
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The smoothness of this game’s graphics is remarkable. Not a single glitch or lag which puts it leagues above Big Win’s previous title, Gold, which was so jolty that it could’ve been released in the nineties. The design from the backdrop, to the reel itself to the individual symbol design is both aesthetically pleasing and very fitting its overall theme.
You can tell that the developers put time and care into the design due to the sheer amount of attention to detail. Every ‘wild’ symbol is either a King, Queen, Knight, Jester or Sorceress that thankfully never step into the uncanny valley. It’s a colourful game too, full of variety and not just a chunk of tacky gold. Thumbs up for Big Time Gaming listening to their customer base!
6 Slot Reel
It’s been mentioned quite a bit already but probably the most unique thing about Dragon Born is six slot reel layout which makes it one of the biggest standouts of the year so far (though, it is only February). It’s surprising how many slots tend to just go for the conventional 5×3 reel, then again it would keep more players as it’s something they’re used to.
We at Droid Slots, however, enjoy new games that take risks and play with audience expectations. Though this isn’t the biggest risk ever taken and we’re sure some other slot has tried it before, it fits Dragon Born really well and, if it takes off, it’ll prove to other developers that stepping outside of the box sometimes won’t hurt.
So is Dragon Born a good game? Absolutely. It’s fun to play and has a unique layout which makes it stand out from the crowd, even if its theme and title don’t. The change may be small but small steps often set trends which competitors inevitably follow.
The one shortfall Dragon Born suffers is its serious lack of variety when it comes to its features. We hope the developers would add more as the game grows in popularity.