Dragon Island Basic Information:
Long Island, named so for its length. Fire Island, named so for, uh, sunsets or something. The North Island of New Zealand, named for being the North Island in New Zealand. It is not uncommon for the names of islands to give away some indication of what they posses. Where, then, does this leave Dragon Island? Is this an island filled with Komodo lizards, or is it more literal in its naming scheme? Are dragons even capable of operating slot machines? Read our review for all answers to these very relevant questions.
This game operates under the use of the NetEnt gambling software system. The talented programmers and designers from NetEnt are well known for going the extra mile in their creations, and Dragon Island is no exception. This game was released on the 11th of November, 2013
The NetEnt 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 NetEnt.
Dragon Island comes with a total of 15 paylines over 5 reels in a 3×5 layout.
- The minimum coins bet sits at 30
- The maximum coins bet sits at 300
- Minimum coin size sits a 0.01
- Maximum coins size sits at 0.50
- The return to player offered by this game is 96.6%, which is towards the higher end of average.
By clicking on the spanner icon towards the lower left of the game screen the player can access the options menu. This brings up a menu with four different sections. These are as follows:
Enabling this option speeds up the spinning of the reels. This means that these is less time spent waiting around between the time you click spin and when the reels come to rest, speeding up the entire experience.
- Intro Screen
This option disables the intro screen from appearing the next time the player starts the game.
- Waterfall Animation
This option cuts the waterfall animation of the main game. This is especially helpful for players on older devices.
- Ambience sound
This option toggles the background noises from the game. While these are rather atmospheric they might be annoying for some players.
- Sound effects
This option simply toggles off all sound effects when selected.
- High, Medium and Low
The different graphics settings here serve an important purpose. The higher these are set the better the game will look, but the more demanding it will be on older or less powerful devices. Because of this players should probably set the game to medium or low when experiencing performance problems on their chosen devices.
Additional options can be accessed by clicking on the autoplay button. The basic options here allow the play to select from 10, 25, 50, 75, 100, 250, 500, 750 or 1000 autospins.
The player can also click on the advanced settings button to further customise when their autoplay will end. There are five different stopping scenarios to choose from here:
- On any win
- If Free Spins are won
- When a single win exceeds an entered amount
- If cash increases by an entered amount
- If cash decreases by an entered amount
Other Helpful Additions
Dragon Island also comes with question-mark and paytable help icons. Both of these detail much the same thing, basic game and winning information, but the paytable button does this within the game and the question-mark opens a secondary text page. The page accessed by the paytable button also lists all payout information, paylines and bonus info.
The game can also be muted by simply toggling the sound button located on the lower right of the game main screen.
There isn't a whole lot to go into here when it comes to the background of this game. This is because it does not seem to be based of any preexisting property. Instead what we have is some sort of islands, one which has a rather drastic dragon problem. Other than that we're sure you can make up your own story to fill in the blanks.
Other Features and Bonuses
Dragon Island comes with a Win Both Ways feature. When active this button allows the game to count wins, you guessed it, in both directions. This can be activated or disabled at any time. When active this will double the cost of the bet. This also gives access to additional bonuses, as is listed below.
The wild symbol in Dragon Island comes in the form of what appears to be a stone dragon statue. This can substitute for any symbol except the golden wild and scatter symbols.
The golden wild symbol in this game comes in the form of a golden dragon statue. This can only appear when the win both ways feature is active. These can substitute for any symbols except the scatter symbols. Wins awarded for golden wilds are multiplied by 2x-8x when completing winning bet lines.
The scatter symbol in this game comes in the form of an erupting volcano. These pay total bet x multiplier. These give out bonuses in the following way:
- 2 scatter symbols give a simple 2x multiplier when gathered
- 3 scatter symbols give a 3x multiplier and 10 free spins when gathered
- 4 scatter symbols give a 10x multiplier and 20 free spins when gathered
- 5 scatter symbols give a 100x multiplier and 50 free spins when gathered
The free spins bonus game in Dragon Island is won when the player manages to gain three or more scatter symbols in a single spin. In this game the player also gets access to the expanded wilds. These appear as regular wilds, and will appear on a random reel before each spin. Additional free spins can be retriggered from within this game.
How to Play:
Basic play for Dragon Island is as simple as a player selecting a coin value and level and clicking spin. Alternatively the player can maximise their possible bet by simply clicking on the Max Bet button to the right of the spin icon.
Clicking the autoplay button allows the player to go through a selection of different amounts of autospins. From here the user can also click on the advanced settings button in order to manually select different stopping scenarios. These include on any win, when free spins are won, if a single win exceeds an entered amount, or if cash increased or decreases by an entered amount.
Overall Design and Usability:
When it comes to design this is a game which holds up fairly well. While this does owe a lot to the simplicity of the design we have to credit the designers for their work with the theme. Using greens and blues in the background, to simulate a green island, gives of a very naturalistic vibe, which fits very well with the design of the dragons themselves. This extends to the animations and the symbols, all of which work together to give off a feeling reminiscent of Jurassic Park, except with dragons rather than dinosaurs. The only real disappointment on the design front is the standard NetEnt play-bar, which somewhat ruins the effect of the rest of the design.
When it comes to usability this is a game which does very well. Everything here runs and responds well, with no issues arising during out tests. The game also appears very reliable, with no issues coming from even our older devices. Aiding this is the adoption of graphical options. While this is often missed out these days it does help in allowing players on older or less powerful devices to get in on the action. Great work in this all around.
Where to find it:
NetEnt games stand with Microgaming as some of the most popular available. If you already have a favourite gambling website then check out if they offer NetEnt games, if they do then you might be able to find Dragon Island there. If it is not available, or if you want a more direct list then check out the links below.
A fun game, to be sure, and one which look great, but not one with a huge amount of longevity. This is mostly because of the simple bonus structure, which does not have a lot on offer. That said, if you are a fan of the theme or just want something new to try out then we can definitely recommend this game. Players after something a little longer lasting, or those jaded old veteran players might not find this quite enough to hold their attention, however.
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