Chinese New Year has come and gone but it's never too late to appreciate Chinese good fortune with oriental-themed slots like these. Dragon Dance marks a new oriental slot in Microgaming‘s line-up, and at a glance it could appear rather generic with the Chinese dragon as its symbol and the usual Asian trappings found in most other similar slots. When you play the game, however, you will be delighted to find some pretty unique features which could potentially set Microgaming apart from competitors. It could also change the way players gamble, too.
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|Release Date||February 2016|
|Slot type||Video slot|
|Platform||Android App, iPhone App, Browser|
|Return to Player (RTP)||96%|
|Slot Reels/ Paylines||5 reels/ 243 paylines|
|Min/ Max Bets||0.01 up to 0.50|
|Free Spins||Up to 8 free spins|
|Features||Free spins bonus games, wild symbols, scatter symbols, the reel re-spin feature|
|Pros||The reel re-spins, graphics, big payouts.|
|Cons||Variable symbols, unoriginal theme, reliable on free spins.|
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With over 480 way to win, Dragon Dance offers numerous ways in which anyone can win. Gameplay is incredibly simple, too, with features that are do not intrude too much on the experience as they are sporadic enough to make things enjoyable.
But let's talk about the elephant in the room… The re-spins feature does, without a doubt, shake things up. It allows you to spin a reel once again for a small price (pictured above) so in case you don't quite get the symbols you want, you have the opportunity to fix that. Some may call this cheating but we would disagree.
Spinning the individual reels again you have just as much chance as you do on a proper spin of getting the right symbol. The price also negates easiness as paying real money introduces a higher risk. This, overall, makes gameplay very exciting.
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The re-spin feature isn't Dragon Dance's only feature. It boasts several others which play more in your favour with every reel spin. These features are listed below:
- Free Spins Bonus Game: This little golden nugget activates as soon as you acquire enough wild symbols and as soon as this happens, players have the chance to use the 3x multiplier and increase their wager.
- Wild Symbols & Scatter Symbols: These appear in the form of Chinese Dragon symbols and help to initiate the free spins bonus game. Rather standard for a slot but necessary and adds to the fun.
- The Reel Re-Spin Feature: This needs no symbols to activate — you can re-spin a reel simply by sacrificing a small fee (or large depending how close to the centre you are). Simply click the ‘Re-Spin' and the bottom of each reel to activate!
Now do we wish there was more to Dragon Dance? Absolutely. Although unique, the features of this game are rather limited though that can be advantageous; if you're a player who prefers to have their game uninterrupted by a constant barrage of bonuses then that's all good.
We at Droid Slots also believe that an abundance of features equates to desperation on the developer's part. However, we still want something. There has to be meat on those bones. Unfortunately, Dragon Dance doesn't have all that much meat.
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We think it' pretty evident that the performance of aspect of Dragon Dance meets Microgaming's usual standards of being quite good.
Though not quite up to NetEnt‘s standards, it can be taken as a serious contender. The music, the bright red and yellow colours and the artwork on the symbols all amount to a very aesthetically-pleasing game.
It's safe to say that Microgaming know what they're doing when it comes to developing slot titles. We can see this in their other titles, too, especially in their other new slot, Bikini Party, which also makes use of the re-spin feature.
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Reel Re-Spin Realness
We think this should be fairly obvious. The most unique thing about Dragon Dance is the Reel Re-Spin which marks it out as a potentially game-changing… well, game.
It's a simple idea yet it transforms players' experience completely and allows them to exude more control over their gameplay.
If this catches on, this could be a new trend we might see in games not just made by Mircogaming but by other big development companies. Of course, it's easy to write it off as just a gimmick but it's hard not to fall in love with. Besides, all big trends start off as a gimmick.
You might have gleened this from the review thus far, but we like Dragon Dance a lot. It's a pretty solid yet simply slot title that utilizes what makes it unique in a way that is neither boring nor intrusive.
The re-spin feature is a real gem here and can produce so many wins for the player it beggars believe. However, we are a little miffed by the lack of other features, if not by the rather been-there-done-that theme. But then, it's so well done it's hard to dislike.