Forget what you know about dragons, you haven’t seen anything yet. Hailing from the joint development team of Microgaming and Stormcraft Studios we have an epic slot for you. Think fantastical, mystical and magical, and you are halfway to hitting what Dragon Shard is all about!
Dragon Shard is a 5-reel, 40 fixed pay line slot offering a tempting RTP of 96.77% for all you dragon riders out there. Your game plays out in front of an epic looking scene of mountains, age old trees and temples. Symbols include dragons, characters and card suits, but each one has been beautifully drawn to fit the theme. High paying symbols include the fire queen, the ice king, a red and a blue dragon and lastly what looks like a giant crystal shard. Lower paying symbols include the heart, club, spade and diamond usually found in playing cards. But here they have been designed to look like golden edged gemstones. Even the music and sounds you hear during the game have all been well thought out and in keeping with the theme. Meaning whilst you are playing Dragon Shard you get that heart pounding feeling that great music evokes in people.
Bet Amounts – Betting on Dragon Shard begins at just 20p per spin but can be increased to a mammoth £400 per spin. In order to change your bet, you need to click the coin stack symbol below the spin button. A new screen will open up where you can select one of the available bet options, or use the sliding scales to the left to mix your bet up a little. You can choose to change the coin size or the coin value when changing your bet via the sliders. Once you have your bet sorted hit the spin button to resume the game.
Wild Symbol – The Dragon Shard game logo is the wild symbol and it can land anywhere on the reels. It will substitute for all other symbols in the game except the scatter and the mystery symbol.
Scatter Symbol – A dragon’s eye surrounded in golden dragons is your scatter symbol. It can land anywhere in view and landing three or more will trigger the bonus spins for you. Scatter wins are also in play here, awarding an extra win on top of any line wins for landing 2 or more scatters on the reels.
- 2 scatter symbols will award x1 your bet amount as an extra win,
- 3 scatter symbols will award x1.5 your bet amount as an extra win,
- 4 scatter symbols will award x10 your bet amount as an extra win,
- 5 scatter symbols will award x50 your bet amount as an extra win.
Mystery Symbol – The mystery symbol in Dragon Shard is depicted by a dragon shaped question mark. It can land in any position on the reels and will appear stacked when it lands too. When the mystery symbol lands it will trigger the symbol switch feature.
Symbol Switch Feature – When the mystery symbol lands it triggers the symbol switch. It’s fairly simple in design, when the reels stop spinning the mystery symbol transforms. It will change into the symbol that will be of more benefit to completing potential wins. It will only transform though into wilds or one of the 8 standard symbols.
Win Booster Feature – To the left of the reels is a rather elegant red orb surrounded in gold, this is your win booster button. If you choose to click the win booster button you will be charged double your bet amount, but you will be awarded some extras to help boost your win potential.
- Mystery Symbols – with win booster feature triggered the mystery symbol will transform into wilds or high value symbols instead of all standard symbols.
- Double Pay lines – with win booster triggered pay lines will pay out both ways. Meaning they will pay left to right and right to left!
Bonus Spins Feature – Land yourself three or more of the dragon’s eye scatter symbol anywhere on the reels, to trigger the bonus spins. You will be allocated with a set number of spins no matter how many scatters you landed. But you are awarded a different number of mystery reels which are dictated by the number of scatters you had.
- 3 scatter symbols awards 10 bonus spins plus 1 mystery reel,
- 4 scatter symbols awards 10 bonus spins plus 2 mystery reels,
- 5 scatter symbols awards 10 bonus spins plus 3 mystery reels.
The mystery reels means you get 1, 2 or 3 reels full of mystery symbols on every spin. This leads to a bigger win potential throughout the whole round. The mystery reel will change on every spin and will transform into wilds or any of the 4 high value symbols. You are also awarded one extra spin for every scatter symbol that lands during the bonus rounds, extending your round and increasing the win opportunities.
If you have gotten this far then we bet you are itching to give Dragon Shard a spin, and we don’t blame you. The whole game just screams big screen movie title and the designers have pulled out all the stops. Main game wins come fast enough which is great, because it does take a little time for the bonus spins to trigger. Luckily though the addition of the mystery symbol helps things along a little, as this symbol tends to drop in more often. When you do trigger the bonus spins however you are in for a great ride, with the extension of the spins given on every scatter landing. Combined with the full mystery reels, we can understand why it takes time to trigger as it’s definitely worth the wait. Plus, the graphics, music and overall enjoyability of Dragon Shard make it a huge draw for lots of players.