Jewel of the Dragon Slot Review
Inside a dark cave lives a formidable dragon who guards jewels and gold from careless visitors. Muster up your will power to enter the dragon’s liar and grab the untold wealth. This 5-reel video slot has an unusual layout with five reels, 4 rows and pink tetris-like figures falling from above the reels and turning symbols into wilds. Bally have done great job with this slot as it is full of exciting features such as Hot Zone, Drop Zone and Dragon Nudge, all made to increase your winning chances. Jewel of the Dragon is a low-volatility slot with a $2000 jackpot.
Once in the game, you will see a big green dragon nestling on a cliff above a massive mountain of gold coins. The reels are made semi-transparent for you to see the dragon’s riches that you will be fighting for. The game has an extremely high wager of $400 per spin, which is uncommon for most 5-reel slots but is natural for Bally. If you have ever tried slots from that developer, you will not be surprised that a line bet turns out to be the only adjustable bet option that will allow you change a bet size from the minimum of $0.4 up to the above mentioned value.
Given the low-variance nature of the game, get ready for frequent but small wins on almost every round. Standard poker cards from 9 to A pay up to $500; Bells, Money Shields and Crowns award up to $750, while the wild symbol produces a $1000 for five of a kind. There is also a Bonus symbol that triggers free spins and five of them pay $2000. These are the winning amounts paid for any single combination but a spin can end up in multiple combos at a time, so odds are good that the prizes will not disappoint.
Have you ever played tetris? Anyway, you have an idea of how it works: figures of different shapes and sizes are descending from the top edge of the screen and the player must arrange them at the bottom. In this slot, the Hot Zones feature is basically the same but the player cannot move or rotate the falling figures. These blocks called Hot Zones are of different shapes and sizes and they can fall down on the reels at the end of any spin. Upon landing, any symbol within the Hot Zone morphs into wild. Hot Zones can cover an entire 5×4 field, they can be L- or T-shaped. Whatever the case, you will get masses of wild symbols as a result of this exciting feature.
Some symbols on reels 2, 3 and 4 have small diamond overlays. Diamonds do not impact on the pays of the underlying icon but they are key to the Drop Zones bonus if three diamonds are displayed on the screen at the same time. Before the slot evaluates your winnings (if any), you are to pick 1 of 3 diamonds to determine a Drop Zone that will then fall onto the reels similarly to how it is reviewed in the paragraph above. Effected symbols will turn into wilds, wins are paid off and the feature ends.
Dragon Nudge bonus
The logic behind Dragon Nudge is the same as that behind Nudge/Hold features in Microgaming’s classic slots. If a big Hot Zone appears partially on the reels, the dragon would nudge the Hot Zone piece onto the reels to make it visible in its entirety. The feature occurs randomly and not every partially landed Hot Zone triggers it.
The feature kicks into action by 3–5 scattered Bonus symbols or 3–5 wild symbols. You get 8 free spins, plus an instant prize of up to x5 times a total bet is awarded. During free spins, no bonuses described above can be activated.
Jewel of the Dragon is a unique game that has exclusive wild variations and second-to-none bonus features. The game has flexible bet prices ($0.4 to $400) and frequent, though small, wins.