Free 8 Dragons slot
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8 Dragons slot will immediately leave you in no doubt as to its theme, with 8 being the lucky number in Chinese culture and naturally the dragon being a symbol of it too. The reels are transparent and set over an ornate red background surrounded by gold scrolls while the background music as usual for this theme is the Oriental pipe-and-cymbals, also heard on Pragmatic's Chinese 3 Kingdoms game. The graphics are well composed with nice flaming effects when any wins appear and animated Dragons too when they form part of a win. Can these 8 Dragons deliver some Eastern fortune, or will their flames burn up your balance?
On the reels...
There are 5 reels of 3 rows each and for these we get 20 fixed pay lines. The Dragons are actually represented in a figure 8 and these take up 2 rows as stacked Wilds if they land fully in view which is important as if they do appear fully you get a 2x multiplier on any wins they form - they only appear on the centre 3 reels though.
The pays are obviously best for the picture icons of which the Golden Tiger is best at 25x bet for a 5-of-a-kind win, then a Gold Turtle at 6.5x, Goldfish at 5x and last both the Gold Bowls and Gold Tokens at 3.5x for the 5. The 6 card values of 9 through Ace pay either 2 or 2.5x bet for a full line.
Dragon free games
If you see 3 or more scattered lucky Red Envelopes you will get a bonus offering of your choice of volatility. It is essentially the same as the bonus in WMS' Wishing You Fortune or numerous other older Aristocrat slots such as 50 Dragons and Choy Sun Doa. If you are familiar with any of those you will know you can choose fewer spins with higher multipliers if Wilds form part of a win, or more spins with lower Wild multipliers. In this case your choices are as follows:
5 free spins with multipliers randomly 8, 10 or 15x for Wild wins.
8 free spins with multipliers randomly 6, 8 or 10x for Wild wins.
15 free spins with multipliers randomly 3, 4 or 6x for Wild wins.
20 free spins with multipliers randomly 2, 3 or 4x for Wild wins.
You may be lucky if you take a gamble here with fifth option. The game will randomly choose a number of spins and a multiplier range from the above options so you could get 20 spins at the maximum multiplier range - if you're brave!
You can get retriggers too which will duplicate the combination you began with.
8 Dragons slot is nothing new as it relies on an old tried-and-tested formula begun decades ago with Aristocrat but nevertheless popular with players due to the exciting free games format. Your best 5-of-a-kind in the free games can pay 375x bet for just one line, and two or more lines are possible on the same spin. We also get a decent 96.37% RTP for 8 Dragons and the game has quite frequent base game pays too and the graphics and sounds are unobtrusive enough to keep you interested. 8 Dragons has certainly breathed some fire into my play today...