Dragon Shard slot review
Dragon Shard slot by Microgaming will catch your eye with its opening sequence and artistic medieval fantasy background along with powerful classical music. The reels are also large and really well animated, probably because it was developed by an in-house studio, in this case StormCraft. The theme of dragons and fantasy has been done numerous times with varying degrees of popularity, the most notable possibly being Quickspin's Ivan and the Immortal King, Play'n Go's Dragon Maiden and EGT's Dragon Reborn. Will this dragon's shard end up slicing our bankroll in two though?
On The Reels...
There are 40 pay lines on Dragon Shard slot with 5 reels of 5 rows each. Icons are stacked in pairs with the exception of the main two characters and you can play with as few as 10 coins. Stacked Logo Wilds appear on all reels and are the highest pay for 5-of-a-kind at 10x bet, Fire Queen and Ice King 4x, Hot and Ice Dragon 2.5x, Crystal 2x and four card suits at 1x each for a full line of 5. You also see stacked Mystery Symbols in the form of question marks on all reels plus individual Dragon Eye scatters. There are no random modifiers or replacement tiles here.
You can double your bet to turn the mystery stacks from green to gold which means they only reveal Wilds or high-paying symbols and the game will also pay both ways on the 40 lines, now with right-to-left pays too. This will also carry over to free games should you win them.
3 or more Eye Scatters will award 10 free spins with a guaranteed Mystery Reel, but 4 or 5 scatters will increase this to 2 or 3 Mystery Reels every free game respectively. You can get no retrigger but will see an extra spin for any scatter landing.
Dragon Shard slot is superb in appearance, graphics, sounds and animations with a very polished and modern feel about it. When push comes to shove though you have a maximum win potential of only 400x bet for a full screen of Wilds, less than Starburst! So it's low-volatility action with frequent wins and mystery symbols which does after all have the advantage of keeping your balance sustained. You get a good 96.41% RTP which increases marginally to 96.77% if you play with the Win Booster, which to be honest I would anyway on small stakes as the game is far more active then. If you're burning up a bonus wagering then I can recommend it, otherwise go elsewhere for your flaming entertainment...