IGT are at it again this month, with the launch of another new video slot. While most of the newest IGT developed slots have been breaking new ground and moving the software developer forward, Dragon’s Temple seems to take the slot back a step or two.
IGT have reverted to a simpler style of gaming, with some of the dreaded high-playing card symbols cropping up on the reels fairly frequently.
When they aren’t doling out petite wins with the high-playing card icons, the reels will cough up some more thematic imagery, such as Ming vases and other Oriental themed imagery, and that is much more pleasant to look at, as well as profitable to land on the reels.
Dragon’s Temple is played over 5 reels and 50 paylines, and unlike other IGT developed slots, they have been pretty generous in allowing you to alter the paylines. You can still only bet on integers of 10 paylines, but that’s better than being stuck with a 50-line set if you want to keep a tight grasp of the purse-strings.
How to play it
The new video slot features a pretty poor wagering menu if we’re being honest. IGT haven’t remotely tried to blend it in with the overall theme, look, or design of the slot, so it sticks out like a sore thumb.
Players can use this monstrosity to wager anything from as little as 10p per spin (with just ten paylines present) up to a high of £2,500 per spin. This is just a hunch here, but we doubt there are going to be too many players eager to stake that kind of money on this slot.
How much can you win?
The Dragon’s Temple slot is pretty stingy with its wins, too. Players can only ever hope to win 20x their total bet, and that is with the maximum jackpot. How IGT can justify charging the rates they do per spin with a jackpot that is worth as little as that is beyond us.
It is what it is, though, so you can either accept that and spin the reels of this slot knowing full well that you won’t end up a millionaire, but that you might make a small killing, or don’t spin them at all. From the way it has been designed, we can see that IGT couldn’t care less really.
In order to win the non-progressive jackpot, players need to land either 5 wilds, or 5 title icons on any active payline.
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Wild symbols: Wilds in this slot appear as dragons. There are five of them in total, each appearing on a very different reel, and each being a different colour.
They all do the same thing, though, and that is to replace all other symbols in the slot save for scatters. Wilds can expand to occupy the entire reel on which they appear, and that is certainly a nifty feature in the slot.
Scatter symbols: Scatter symbols are predictable in the form of the yin and yang symbols. These icons can offer you scattered wins when 2 or 3 appear in any position on the reels at any one time. Moreover, these symbols can also offer you a free spins bonus when 3 appear anywhere on the reels at once.
Free spins bonus: Players will have a choice to make when triggering this slot’s free spins bonus. There are three different formats you can choose from, for your free spins bonus. The first option promises 15 free games with a central reel wild on every spin you have.
The second option promises just 10 free games, but the second and fourth reels will remain wild throughout the feature. The third option contains first, third, and fifth reel wilds, but you only get 5 free spins as a result of that. The choice is yours to make.
Overall experience and final thoughts
At the end of the day, you will end up either loving or hating Dragon’s Temple. In our eyes it is a bit of a step back for the developers, especially since they had made a lot of ground on the leading competitors of late.
There is a blast from the past flavour to the Dragon’s Temple slot which some will find charming. It certainly is nice to see IGT taking that route, but will it pay off for them in the long run?
Expanding and frozen wilds are the highlight of this game, and the worst thing about Dragon’s Temple has got to be the lower paying jackpots. Ultimately, the latter sticks with us more when looking back at this slot.