Spinning is Winning
Broadly speaking, all slots offer you the same chance of success, give or take a few percent, but it’s how they get you there that matters. Does it feel like a journey or a slog? Is it fun and fast-paced or slow and tortuous? It’s thankfully all good with Power Dragon, even if the game isn’t going to win any awards for originality. Sonically, there’s little to go on here; just the odd clunk and click as the reels do their thing.
Visually, it’s a richer spread thanks to the ornate symbols that set the era and conjure images of ancient China at its opulent best. We’re talking koi carp, hole-punched coins, dragon statues and lots of gold. All the usual symbols, in other words, that grace all these slots. Whether such precious treasures actually surfaced in Chinese temples on a regular basis back in the day is a matter for historians to quibble over.
Hour of Power
With a line bet ranging between 0.01 and 0.5, Power Dragon allows you to wager 25.00 per spin at most. That should grant you more than enough firepower to chase down the dragons who hold the key to your fortune. In addition to various golden treasures and a pair of red and green koi carp, there’s a pair of silver dragons that are worth 750 for five and their gold counterparts which are worth 1,000 for five.
The greatest golden symbols are reserved for scatter and wild however just as you’d expect. Five scatters, played by a golden coin, are worth 1,250 but they’ll more commonly be used to provide a gateway to free spins. Wild is an ornate golden something-or-other and it will substitute for all other regular symbols except for scatter. When free spins kick in, this very same symbol will appear in green, purple, red, black and blue.
Free Spins Are Best Spins
Three or more scatters will activate free spins, whereupon you can win further free spins depending on the colour of the wilds that appear. These range from 10 for the purple wild all the way up to 25 spins for green. There’s also a multiplier of anywhere from 2-20x your total bet that will kick in if the red pockets symbol appears on the reels. Like all GameArt slots, Power Dragon also comes with a gamble feature. Bet on the colour of the next card to double your winnings.
Plenty of Power
There are plenty of other games out there that adopt a similar theme to Power Dragon, which is rated as being a medium variance slot. You could try Merkur’s Chinese Dragon, a game which is let down only by its lacklustre graphics. Then there’s Temple of Fortune, a 20-payline slot from Big Time Gaming. While you’re putting Oriental slots through their paces, Boongo’s Happy Chinese New Year will dispense up to eight free spins and is mighty entertaining to boot.
Power Dragon accords to GameArt’s usual “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it” formula. In other words there are no great innovations to be found here: just wilds, scatters and 243 ways to win. That formula proves to be more than enough to make for a thoroughly enjoyable slot however. It’s one which will keep you immersed for as long as your tolerance for Oriental slots can be maintained.