Eastern Dragon House Review
If you love Asian-themed games, then one game that you may want to try is NextGen’s Eastern Dragon. Released in 2017, this 20-payline, 5-reel game comes in with some pretty decent wins of as much as 9,000 times your original stake.
But before you begin your adventure in the Far East, where that Eastern Dragon may grant you riches, it is best to understand what you will be facing. So, come! Delve into the mysterious world of the Orient.
Gameplay is Eastern Dragon is simple. All you need to do is click on the Spin button to play. However, before you do so, you need to set your bet. To do so, you have click on the setting icon located at the top right of the game screen. Then click on the coins icon to set your bet.
There are two steps you need to take to set your bet:
- Set the number of paylines, which range from 1 to 20. To maximise your chances of landing wins, it is best to keep all 20 of them active.
- Choose the wager amount you want.
The minimum bet you can make is 1p and the maximum is £200. This means that all kinds of slot machine players can enjoy this game. If you choose to activate all 20 paylines, then it would be wise to keep your coin value low. This is because Eastern Dragon is a medium volatility and medium RTP game (it has an RTP of 95.009%). This means that you won’t get big wins, but you will get steady ones. So, if you wish to make some money, it would be best to play as many spins as you can.
Having said that, it is wise to remember that all slot games are games of chance. So, if you’re enjoying a streak of luck then you will win, but if not, you will lose. If you’re not winning, it is best to stop playing and come back another time to try your luck again.
You win at this game by landing 3, 4 or 5 consecutive identical symbols along a payline. The amount you win is dependent on the following factors:
- The amount you have bet,
- The value of the symbols that have formed the winning combination
- The number of symbols that form the winning combination
Therefore, if you land the low-value symbols (9, 10, J, Q, K and A), then the maximum you can win (if you land 5 Aces on a single payline) is 300 coins. But if you land the high-value symbols (the Lotus, the Chinese Lantern and the Koi Fish), you can win as much as 3,000 coins (5 of the Koi Fish will win you that amount).
The winning combinations need to be lined up from the left to the right.
Additional Game Features
Winning 5,000 coins in the base is great, but if you want to target that 9,000x win, then you need to get lucky and land the special symbols and additional game feature. These are:
- Eastern Dragon Wild
The beautiful Eastern Dragon is the Wild and it acts as a substitute for all other symbols barring the Gold Coin Scatter. And when this symbol is a part of a winning combination, then you win 2x your bet. The Dragon will only appear on reel 1 and reel 5.
- Gold Coin Scatter
The Gold Coin acts as the Scatter, and it can appear anywhere on the reels. When you land this symbol:
- 2 Gold Coins win you 1x your bet
- 3 Gold Coins win you 5x your bet
- 4 Gold Coins win you 20x your bet
- 5 Gold Coins win you 200x your bet.
The Scatter is the only symbol in the game that doesn’t need to line up from left to right. It can land anywhere on the reels.
- Free Spins
When the Dragon appears on both reels 1 and 5, you will trigger the Free Spins feature. And when this happens, you will be awarded 15 free spins. While this feature is active, all your wins are multiplied by 3x!
And the best part is that the Free Spins feature can be re-triggered if you land those beautiful Dragons again.
NextGen’s game design for Eastern Dragon is great. The reelscape is framed in gold and is placed in front of a red background. The logo, which looks beautiful, is on top of the reels. The reels themselves are in a shade of white and you can see pale watermarks of Chinese symbols, over which the game symbols are placed. The symbols themselves are elegantly crafted. The symbols in this game are simply designed but beautiful, especially the special symbols.
The animations on the Dragon and the Gold Coin when you activate the bonus games are stunning, which uplifts the game even more. The sounds and music are very different from the usual we get from NextGen’s games. In fact, they are really interesting: rolling drums and the clash of cymbals and the hyped up music when you win big.
Eastern Dragon by NextGen is a great game to play, however its payouts aren’t as sumptuous as some of the other video slots in the market today. The visuals are beautiful but not outstanding. But if you’re looking for a game that gives you steady wins, then this is a slot machine that you can definitely enjoy!