Golden Dragon Slots Game from Microgaming

Golden Dragon slots is one of developer Microgaming’s Quickfire games, and it can be played at a number of online casinos, or via a free downloadable app on a smart phone.

The game follows a very simple storyline as its theme: the golden dragon jealously guarding his hoard of treasure, while a knight armed only with a sword and shield tries to take it from him.

The knight against the dragon is a tale that goes back to medieval times, but in more recent years, Tolkien’s prelude to The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Hobbit, brought our attention back to the fabled hoard of precious gems and gold on which the dragon sleeps. This ancient tale is very much a background, however, although players now, just like the knights of old, are still on a hunt for treasure.

Fruit Machine Styling

Although Golden Dragon features an impressive, detailed dragon on a heap of gold and jewels alongside play, the game itself is designed with a minimalist, old-fashioned interface. The pay table is displayed permanently down the right-hand side of the screen, and on the left, above the watchful dragon, the three reels are styled like those of mechanical fruit machines.

Golden Dragon features five pay lines, with a variable bet per line, so total bets can be adjusted to suit the player’s budget. There is also an adjustable auto-spin function. Although Golden Dragon does not feature the visual bells and whistles familiar to so many other slots games, with no animations or bonus features in the game, its graphics are rendered in great detail and bright colours, so the visual effect is striking. Game play is accompanied by appropriately dramatic sound effects.

Old-Fashioned Icons

The symbols used in Golden Dragon also hark back to the fruit-machine era. Fashioned like mottled, roughcast gold bars, there are classic one-bar, two-bar and three-bar symbols as the low-value icons. If a pay line is filled with bars of any kind, players win 4 coins. Payouts are 10, 40 and 60 coins for three of a kind in one bar, two bars and three bars respectively. Next up in value is a shield icon, featuring crossed swords. Three of a kind wins 80 coins.

Golden Dragon is Wild

The Golden Dragon’s head is the Golden Dragon Wild icon, and it substitutes for all other symbols, increasing the number of winning pay lines possible. Three Wilds on any pay line also win bonus prizes of their own, varying from 1,000 coins to 5,000 coins, depending on the pay line. The maximum win possible on Golden Dragon is US$25,000. Golden Dragon features no Scatter of Free Spins icon, so it is a slots game best suited to those who like an old-fashioned, no-frills approach. Like many slots games, it can be unrewarding when played in short spurts, but a player prepared to spend some time on the machine stands a better chance of hitting one of the big-money prizes. It will also be attractive to nostalgia buffs, recalling as it does the old-style fruit machines.