Dragon 8s Slot from Amaya
In much of Asia, the number 8 is considered lucky – along with variations like 88 and 888. This Asian themed slot from Amaya takes a colorful and cartoon-like look at the number 8, combining this with dragons. There are plenty of other clichés on the reels, including pandas, fans and (during the free spins bonus game) lanterns too.
This is a solid game rather than a multi-featured one. You’ll get the chance to double wins with a wild symbol, and the free spins game comes with some big multipliers too.
How to Win on Dragon 8’s
The wins below assume you are playing the maximum 5 coins per line (you can adjust the coin size to fit your bankroll as needed). You’ll want to see the blue and orange oriental dragon on the reels as often as possible – as this has the biggest prize. 5 on any of the 20 win-lines will get you 1500 coins, with 400 coins for 4, 100 for 3 and 15 for just 2 from the left hand side.
Panda’s come next, and are the only other symbol which will pay for 2 on a win-line (the others require 3+). This is worth 1250 coins for the full set of 5. The stork (wings spread) and carp are also higher paying symbols – worth 1250 and 1000 coins for 5 respectively. Next are the different colored 8’s, 5 of them in total. These are worth between 750 and 300 coins for 5 on a line.
Scatter symbols are Asian fans with the word ‘scatter’ on them. These are not tied to the 20 win-lines and will pay out based on the total number in view. The top payout for 5 of these is 200x your total bet, with 15x that bet for 4, 2x for 3 and 1x for just 2.
Wild symbols have the effect of doubling any wins which they are a part of. This is a mask with a swirling gold background and the word ‘Wild!’ on it. Wilds can substitute for the regular symbols to make wins, though not the scatter or bonus symbols.
Dragon 8’s Slot Bonus Feature
Hitting 3 bonus features will take you to a free spins game. Before you get there you will need to go through 2 pick-em screens. The first shows 6 lanterns, and you choose one to reveal the number of free spins you get. This is between 4 and 7, while this appears on the low side, the next part can make up for this. Here you get to pick from 6 coins. This reveals a multiplier of between 3x and 6x for wins during each of the spins.
Once the spins start you’ll hear a lively Asian sounding pop track. Each time you spin your total wins are displayed in the center of the screen. There is no difference in the game play – including the fact that wilds double the initial win (before the multiplier is added).
Design and Setup of Dragon 8’s
Overall, the look of this slot is more cartoon-like and bold than many Asian themed games. The reels are set in a pagoda, with some green rolling hills in the background. One nice touch is that the controls are on scrolls, which roll up while the reels are spinning and then unroll ready to be clicked for the next spin. Symbols are detailed and have minor animations (for example the dragon breathes fire) when there are winning combinations.
On the whole Dragon 8’s is a quiet slot. Silent between spins, the spin sounds are neutral. The Asian theme is shown by gong sounds for bonus symbols, and clichéd tunes for wins. The pop music for the free spins came as a bit of a surprise compared to the rest of the game.
The setup is a 5 reel by 3 symbols grid with a fixed 20 win-lines. You can adjust the coins per line by clicking the ‘bet 20’ button (up to 5 coins per line), and adjust the size of your coins to suit your bankroll. As with all Amaya slots, you’ll get an auto-spin option too.
This is a colorful and solid Asian themed slot. While there are plenty of games competing in this space, Dragon 8’s does manage to stand out at least in terms of the look and feel. Reasons to check it out include the wild doubling regular wins, and the free spins game which comes with some healthy multipliers. If you enjoy the Asian themed slots, then this is one for your shortlist.