Bruce Lee Dragon's Tale Basic Information:
If you are setting out to make a pokie then it would make sense to first pick a relatable theme. Perhaps something visually striking, or otherwise well suited to the world of gambling. Maybe a famous gambler from history. Or, alternatively, we could pick a famous martial arts movie star. Is Bruce Lee Dragon's Tale a genuine attempt of fans to create something which really brings the Bruce Lee attitude to the modern pokie, or is this merely an attempt to cash in on nostalgia? Read our review to find out…
This pokie was created by the developers at WMS. Based out of Chicago, USA, WMS gaming has its base in the world of physical gambling. These guys entered the pokie world in 1994, and since then have built up a popular organisation in a very competitive industry. Not content with their success in the world of physical gambling, WMS now takes aim on the world of digital gambling. This pokie was released on the 22nd of October, 2013.
The WMS system is compatible with a great many devices which are capable of running Flash. This means most PCs, Apple computers and tablets, along with a variety of other mobile devices. Check if your device supports flash, if it does you should be able to run games from WMS.
Bruce Lee Dragon's Tale comes with a total of 80 paylines over 5 reels in a 5×3 + (3×5)x3 formation
- The minimum coins bet are 0.40
- The maximum coins bet are 80.00
- Minimum coin size is 0.01
- Maximum coins size is 2.00
- The return to player offered by this game is 95.9%, which is around average.
The main options screen from Bruce Lee Dragon's Tale is accessed by clicking the option button located on the toolbar at the top of the main game screen. While this is simply labelled options, in reality it deals exclusively with the options related to the autoplay function stopping rules. When this is clicked it brings the player to another screen with 3 separate sections. These are as follows:
In this section the player is able to choose when the autoplay function stops, based on duration. This includes when an entered amount of games have passed, when an entered amount of time has passed, or when the player has wagered an entered amount of coins.
This section relates to stopping rules related to overall balance. There are two possible stopping rules here. The first stops autoplay when the player's balance has increased by an entered amount. The second is when the place balance has increased by an entered amount.
- Single Outcome
In this section the stopping rules are related to single rare outcomes. The first of these is stopping autoplay when a single win meets or exceeds an entered amount. The second is when any big win is awarded.
Additional Game Options and Buttons
These are the options which are changed from the main game screen itself.
This is found up the top-right of the main game screen. When toggled this option simply turns on or mutes all game sound.
- Information, Help and Paylines
These are found in two separate ways. The paylines information button is located to the lower left of the main game screen. When opened, this gives the player a list of the paylines, symbols and bonus structure, with images. The help section, opened when the small question-mark icon on the top of the screen is clicked, brings the user to a page which lists various game rules in text only form.
Here the game comes with a simple + and – icons. Clicking on these will change the bet, from the minimum to the maximum.
The button used to spin.
When this button is clicked it starts the autoplay function. This then operates according to the rules which have been set in the autoplay options section.
Lee Jun-fan, more commonly known as Bruce Lee, is one of the greatest martial artist film stars in the history of cinema. From 1950-1973, Lee became a massively popular force in the world of martial arts films.
Known for his incredibly fit body and moves which seemed to break the barriers of time and space, Lee became a household name and effectively the driving force of this type of cinema in the west. His work and legacy directly led to the notable careers of other famous martial arts actors, such as Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung and Jet Li.
He was also an actor with a strong background in actual martial arts, not just film martial arts. This included the form of martial arts philosophy invented by Lee, which would become known as Jeet Kune Do, or The Way of the Intercepting Fist.
While the official (and real story) is that Lee died of complications relating to painkillers, his legacy was so strong that various conspiracy theories painted him as assassinated by or adopted into various secret societies.
Other Features and Bonuses
Bruce Lee Dragon's Tale comes with the duplicate reels feature. With this feature the largest set of slots are used as the base. Any bonus or wild symbols which appear on the main set of reels will be carried over to the other 3 set of reels before they come to a rest. This means that, depending on the luck of the first reels, addition wins on the other reels can become much easier.
The wild symbol in this game comes in the form of the above Bruce Lee symbol. This can appear on all reels and can substitute for any symbol except the bonus scatter.
The bonus scatter symbol in this game comes in the form of the above yin-yang icon. These do not need to appear on active paylines in order to generate a payout. When 3 or more of these are gathered in a single spin, on a single set of reels, the player gains access to the free spins bonus game. These are given out in the following quantities:
- 3 symbols gives 10 free spins when collected
- 4 symbols give 1x total bet and 10 free spins when collected
- 5 symbols give 2x total bet and 10 free spins when collected
The free spins bonus game from Bruce Lee Dragon's Tale is accessed when the player manages to gain at least 3 scatter bonus symbols on a single reel set, in a single spin. These can also give out additional bonuses to those above when these occur on more than a single reel set. This occurs in the following quantities:
- 2 active reel sets triggered gives 10 free spins with a 6x multiplier
- 3 active reel sets triggered gives 10 free spins with a 9x multiplier
- 4 active reel sets triggered gives 10 free spins with a 12x multiplier
How to Play:
Basic play for Bruce Lee Dragon's Tale is as simple as a player selecting a betting amount and clicking spin.
Alternatively the player can click on the options button toward the top of the main game page in order to enter the autoplay section. When in this section the player can set ending rules which can be used to stop these auto spins.
Overall Design and Usability:
When it comes to the design of this game there has obviously been a lot of attention payed to Bruce Lee and his legacy. The symbols here are where most of this comes across. These include the famed Dragons Tail nun-chucks, as well as Lee himself in various iconic poses. The frame of the game, and the options buttons, do not maintain this level of quality or attention, but they still manage a perfectly serviceable job. The frame here is mostly derived from the red and architecture of tradition Chinese structures, which is fair enough.
In terms of usability, this is a game which performs in the upper tiers of modern online pokies, though there is room for improvement. While testing this game we saw zero problems with reliability, and the game itself was fast to respond and load. Also impressive are the autoplay rules, which are a step above what most pokie software developers bring to the table. Good marks for WMS, here. The only area where we really see room for improvement would be the inclusion of graphics options so that player's on older or less powerful devices can get in on the action.
Where to find it:
WMS may not be as common as the big boys in the business, but they still do very well. Check out the following links for website reviews which offer games from the WMS framework. From here you can decide which casino works for you, and you can jump right in!
More than a common attempt to capitalise on popular culture, this manages to be a pokie which sets up on the top shelf. While the bonus structure of this game might be towards the low end, the multiple reels and duplicate reels feature help add something uncommon which somehow manages to appeal as more than a mere sum of its parts. If you're a fan of Lee, martial arts, or interesting pokie then we absolutely recommend getting in on this one.
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