Eastern Dragon

Eastern Dragon
China has always been an elusive white spot of our time with its depth of culture, ritual and desires for prosperity. Eastern Dragon is a 5 reel online slot game that encompasses just that. Spin the reels to earn your fortune as you match paylines filled with koi carp, lotus leafs, and lanterns to seal your bounty and generate some elusive bonus rounds.

About the Developer
NextGen Gaming is an experienced developer of successful slot games for online and land-based markets around the world. Since 1999, they have continued to test the boundaries of innovation. Anchored by a common goal and ‘NextGen promise' to our teammates, customers, and players:“To always strive to create games that deliver extraordinary entertainment and quality – with integrity and in collaboration with our partners.” It's an ambitious promise that, to date, they haven't broken.

About the Game
Eastern Dragon comes via NextGen gaming and as the name suggests, it drips with oriental charm. For China, the dragon is a symbol of great fortune and is prevalent throughout their history and the association continues today. Such a glorious, mighty creature of legends surely deserves its own theme.

It's a five reel spinner with twenty pay lines. Bets start from 0.020 per spin with a maximum bet of 40.00. The stunning back ground is ablaze with gold, red and black and like the reels, decorated with in theme symbols. The reels spin on a white back ground, but beyond you can just make out a city in the setting sun. Boarded with gold, strings of popping fire crackers hang either side. Music bites and sound effects serve the theme well. The reels are decorated with various in theme images including, sparkling fire crackers, Ching gold coins, Koi carp, lotus flower and paper lanterns. Other symbols are high end playing card values nine to Ace. The koi is the best out of the low end winning symbols, click five of these across the reels and your prize is a cool 3000 coins. Line up five lanterns and you can win 1000 coins. Out of the card values, the best line up is five aces to win 300 coins. The dragon is a wild symbol and appears only on the first and last reels. Landing a dragon wild on reels one and five together will activate the Free Spins feature. You are awarded fifteen free spins and all winnings are boosted by a 3x multiplier. Should you have a winning combination and the dragon wild your wins are boosted again, this time with a 6x multiplier! In addition, you can collect more free spins during the feature should the dragon wild appear on reels one and five. The Chinese gold coin is the game’s scatter symbol and it can form its own winning combos should you land two or more gold coin scatters anywhere on the reels.

The only other feature is a ‘Gamble' bonus. You can gamble your winnings at any time, double them by guessing correctly from red or black or quadruple them by guessing the correct card suit. It's a game of pure chance and you are warned to be wise. In the time I have taken a gamble I've lost my winnings every time. But, you may just get lucky and boost the pot by chance!

Eastern Dragon conjures up lots of Eastern flavours and if the Asian theme is your bag then likely you will be drawn to this slot. However, the graphics aren't eye popping and a little searching online and you will find video slots that have used this theme with much better results. Still, it does have some playability and a bet range to suit any pocket depth and the game is easy to pick up and enjoy.

Other buttons offer game and sound settings, bet settings and along the bottom information boxes keep you informed of your winnings, credit, and bets.

The Verdict
This is a nice, bold offering from NextGem, more likely to attract beginners and casual players due to its reasonable betting options and easy game play. However, anyone drawn to this kind of theme is likely to enjoy Eastern Dragon and it should see returning fans.

Game rules can be found within game.

RTP: 95.01

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