Another Chinese themed slot from Red Tiger Gaming is Mega Dragon. Played using an unusual eight reel, seven-row game engine, winning combinations are created by landing clusters of matching symbols.
Players will hope they can land two wilds next to each other as this can awaken one of the three dragons that awards added wilds, transforming icons or mega tiles.
There is somewhat of a traditional feel to the design theme. Located amongst a mist-shrouded, mountain backdrop, the reels are set against a conventional Chinese pagoda-style building. There, players will find Ace to Ten royal values plus a banner, a pearl ornament and a set of three coins. The best-paying icon is the golden pot. Players who land a cluster of twenty-five or more of these in a winning combination and they will win 888 coins (lucky Chinese numbers) as their prize.
After a winning combination is generated, the auspicious symbols are removed, and new ones will drop in and replace them. The icon drops keep continuing as long as a new winner is generated. Central to the action here is the golden dragon head wild as this replaces all of the regular icons. A player who manages to land two wilds adjacent to each other will activate one of the three dragon-inspired extras.
Green Dragon feature - works by cloning one of the lower value royal values and turns it into one of the higher paying icons, calculating a new payout immediately.
Golden Dragon feature - here the Golden Dragon adds a random collection of additional wilds into the mix. Once this occurs, a new payout consideration is made with the added wilds in position.
Red Dragon feature - the Red Dragon will fly across the reels and selects one of the higher paying icons. That icon is then expanded and turned into a 2x2 mega tile (or sometimes even more significant). Landing more than one of these in the same combination and the coins can quickly build up into a nice pot.
Players will observe that there are not any free spins in Mega Dragon. The icons drop game engine chugs along though, and the additional Dragon features crop up very regularly, so in a way free spins are not missed at all.
It is possible for players to land multiple dragon extras from the same set of icons drops that can deliver some excellent combinations. Players can win an impressive 3,888 times their bets take if this occurs.
Red Tiger Gaming has an unquenchable thirst for the far east; Mega Dragon is one such game they have added to their plethora of Chinese-themed games.
The imagery in Mega Dragon is well crafted, and the traditional backing soundtrack compliments the game.
If players disregard the rather generic theme, Mega Dragon is a robust cluster slot that offers some decent payouts. The enormous eight x seven reel set along with the frequently activated dragon features is enough to keep the gameplay entertaining in the absence of a free spins feature. Mega Dragon may not be the most exciting or innovative of casino slots; however, it comes with a clean design, some robust features and well-balanced gameplay.
Put that together with the fast-paced gameplay and Mega Dragon is a very playable take on this classic theme.
Words: David Bailey-Lauring