Dragonz General Information:
Animated and cartoony characters are a popular theme for online pokies. This enables the developers to have a lot of fun and freedom when it comes to graphics and design, and also cuts down on the time it takes to develop a more involved concept. Dragonz is one such game. Does this mean the game itself has had extra effort involved, or is it simply a game which has been pushed out in order to capitalise on the concept? Keep reading to find out…
The Dragonz pokie game runs on the Microgaming software system. One of the most popular and prolific creators of online pokies, Microgaming has been in the business for over a decade, and have now taken their experience and applied it to a Dragonz themed game. This game was released on the 2nd of November, 2016.
As is standard with games offered by the Microgaming software system, this game is available for play on PC, Mac, mobile and tablet systems, such is the versatility on offer.
Dragonz comes with a total of 243 paylines over 5 reels in a 3×5 layout. Paylines cannot be modified in this pokie.
- The minimum coins bet sits at 1
- The maximum coins bet sits at 15
- Minimum coin size sits a 0.01
- Maximum coins size sits at 0.05
- The return to player offered by this game sits at around 96.3%, on the higher end of average.
These are accessed by hitting the small blue up arrow towards the lower right of the screen. From here the player needs to simply click on the options button which appears. A screen will then pop-up with the following listed option sections:
Game Play Settings
The only option listed in this section is Quickspin. When active this setting speeds up the spinning of the reels, so less time is spent waiting for them to come to a rest.
Dragonz comes with a total of three different graphics settings. These are separated into Basic, Standard and Enhanced. Basic downplays the graphics, making the game run better on older or less powerful machines. Standard sets the game to look like how it was originally designed to be played. When the enhanced setting is selected the game will look better, but the difference in this particular game is not large. Note that the higher the graphical options the more powerful the system it is played on will need to be. This means that is you have trouble running it at enhanced and standard you could consider turning the graphics to basic. This is especially important because overloading your system can cause these games to crash, and a crash on a win means the player gets nothing!
Dragonz offers four possible sound options. The first of these is these ability to mute all noise generated from the game, which can also be achieved by simply clicking the sound icon at the top right of the main game page. The player can also choose to individually mute game sounds, win sounds, and background sounds.
Clicking on the credit box brings up a display of both the credits and coins which the player currently has. This section also gives the player the ability to change their currency display between credits, coins and both coins and credits.
Clicking on the bet button brings up a display which allows the player to change their coin size and total amount of coins bet.
The autoplay button allows the user to choose a variety of autoplay options. The quick ones on offer are a 10, 25, 50 and 100x autospins, with an additional option to keep the game running until the stop button is manually clicked. This also allows the user to click the custom button to set further autospin rules. Here the player can enter their own custom amount of autospins and choose between 2 stop settings, these are once the spins are all complete, or once a certain amount has been won or exceeded.
OTHER HELPFUL ADDITIONS
Dragonz also comes with two help sections in the form of question-mark and pays buttons. The pays buttons gives a detailed listing of individual symbol, bonus values and game rules, while the question-mark offers general information on rules.
Also on offer is a stats button which, when clicked, brings up a display. This is split into 2 sections, spin results and highest wins. Spin results lists spins played, session time and spins per hour. The highest wins section lists the top three wins. Both sections only apply to the current game session.
Players can also click on the win button to bring up a list of the top 5 wins. This does show when these were won, but not where they were won.
There isn't a lot to speak of when it comes to the background of this pokie. The most obvious inspiration it takes from is the popularity of animated films in the recent years. More directly this might have been inspired by the How to Train Your Dragon series of films.
Other Features and Bonuses
The wilds symbol in this game comes in the form of a golden WILD text.
- 3 of these give a bonus of 67.5 credits
- 4 of these give a bonus of 150 credits
- 5 of these give a bonus of 450 credits
Any non-winning spin with a wild on reel 3 deals extra wilds onto the other reels for a guaranteed win.
This can substitute for any icon except the scatter symbol.
The scatter symbol in Dragonz come in form of what appears to be some sort of silver amulet with an inlaid purple gem.
- 2 scatter icons give a bonus 30
- 3 scatter icons give a bonus 60
- 4 scatter icons give a bonus 300
- 5 scatter icons give a bonus 3000
Scatter Symbols do not need to appear on an active payline in order to qualify as a win.
Gathering 3 of these on a single spins grants access to the free spins games. Which free spins game is won will be random until the 12th trigger. After this point the player will be able to select their own free spins game.
There are a total of 4 different free spins games on offer from Dragonz. These are as follows:
This little red guy comes with 10 free spins and access to the Flaming Wilds feature. With this feature Flint can shoot wilds randomly out onto the wheels as the free spins play out.
This purple dragon comes with the 10 free spins and the Stashed Wilds feature. With this feature non-winning wilds are stored. When three or more of these are stored they will be randomly distributed in order to form a guaranteed win. Free spins will continue in this game until all of these stored wilds have been awarded.
This blue dragon comes with 10 free spins and the Frosty Wilds feature. With this feature Frost freezes non winning wilds in place until they contribute to a win. Free spins will continue until frozen wilds remain on the reels.
This green dragon comes with a big mouth, ten free spins and the Winning Wilds feature. With this feature Gobble can randomly spit wilds onto the reels. Any of these winning wilds are held until they no longer contribute to a win.
The total amount bet during these free spins is taken from the amount which was bet in the round in which the free spin bonus game was activated. Additional free spins can be retriggered from within this game.
How to Play:
For the simplest possible experience the player need only choose their bet and click the spin button. Further customisation of their bet can be accessed by the user clicking on the bet button and changing their coin size and total coins wagered.
For autoplay and more advanced options the play can click on the autoplay button, this allows the player to select 1 of 5 basic autospin options, 10x, 25x, 50x, 100x or until manually stopped, or click customise to further change their options.
In the custom screen the player can enter their own amount of spins and set end rules, these rules are either once the spins are complete or once an entered amount of money has been won or exceeded.
Overall Design and Usability:
The design of Dragonz is one of colour and simplicity. Bright and bold colours from all over the spectrum help this really come off as one of the most striking pokies available. This is aided by the design and animation of the dragons themselves, who are all very cute and full of character. This is not a game which has gone for an especially original theme or design, but what they have done is done very well, and it's obvious that the designers and animators had a lot of fun. Maybe a little bit too cartoony for some, if that isn't your thing.
One of the better Microgaming offerings when it comes to usability. Dragonz is a game which offers more options than most Microgaming creations, with the included graphics settings being especially useful. It does suffer slightly with the lack of the ability to choose paylines, but this is minor and will only serve as an annoyance to a smaller section of gamers. Other that that, the game hold up very well. Fast, responsive and reliable, this is a game which carries itself well.
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Not terrible original, but quite well done. A solid selection of both options and bonus games paint this as one of Microgaming's more involved efforts. The only thing about this game I can really see as being a downside is either the lack of paylines or the cartoony graphics, and that is only really a matter of taste. If you're looking for something fun and new, or just have an appreciation for animated films then I can absolutely recommend Dragonz.
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