Dragon Shard

Dragon Shard

Any player who takes a quick look at Microgaming’s Dragon Shard will instantly see the similarities between this UK slots game, and Game of Thrones. A fire queen with a dragon, and an ice king with a dragon, it is all there in plain sight. Dragon Shard is, therefore, a baffling release considering that Microgaming already has an officially licensed Game of Thrones slot in their arsenal. Fortunately, this is no mere GOT rip-off. Dragon Shard has gameplay and features which make it stand out from its more famous TV show counterpart.

Things can heat up rather quickly when playing Dragon Shard. There are two very different ways to bet. The first (and normal) way is to wager between 5p and £100 a spin, and for that, you’ll get 5 reels and 40 paylines of action. The second (and costlier) way is to use a Win Booster mode. It costs double the bet (so the extremes are 10p and £200 a spin), but you do get to win in both directions should you choose to go down this route. Jackpots are capped at 800x your total bet, whichever way you wish to play.

Special features

Ignoring the basic symbols which appear in this game (they are akin to any other fantasy-themed slot you may have come across), players will note that wild symbols appear as the Dragon Shared logo, and they can appear double stacked on the reels. These will rather obviously replace all other standard paying symbols in Dragon Shard.

The game also dishes out mystery symbols. Any instances of these showing up on the reels will all transform into the same symbol. Those icons could be decent or poor paying symbols, or they could even be wilds. Now, if you’ve chosen to play with the Win Booster mode activated, mystery symbols will be more profitable. They will only transform into high paying or wild symbols.

Bonus features

Like most Microgaming developed slots, there is a free spin bonus round to be had, too. Dragon eye scatters are required to show up at least 3 times on the reels to trigger a total of 10 free games. However, on each spin, the three innermost reels will become mystery symbols. Again, playing with the Win Booster mode active will give players a serious leg up here. The odds of players landed wilds with mystery symbols is increased, therefore making things easier to land the non-progressive jackpot. The free spin round can be retriggered should further scatters decide to make an appearance on the reels.

Overview

If fantasy-themed online casino slots are your forte, then you’ll likely appreciate what Microgaming has come up with in this game. However, if you’re after a touch of nostalgia now that Game of Thrones has come to an end, Microgaming’s officially licensed site is likely to provide you with more thrills and chills than this game. Fans of mystery symbol action will be impressed with the frequency in which they play a part in winnings, though.