Dragons of the North slot reminds us that the Orient does not have a monopoly over dragons. On the contrary, dragon myths abound all over the world, as do dragonic imagery, though in different styles. This time the spotlight is on the fearsome monsters near the North Pole, four of them to be exact: the green dragon, a white one, an icy creature, and a fire-breathing fiend. Far from the horrors associated with these creatures, the northern dragons breathe entertainment and rewards.
You’re actually playing two games at once. One is where you match dragons to win, and the other where you spin and get royal flushes. That’s what happens when you incorporate card symbols into the game. Dragons of the North plays out on a standard grid of 5 reels and 3 rows, but the wins come from 50 paylines. The wild is mnemonic, which can land alone or in stacks of 2 and 3. It can replace all other symbols, except the scatter, to help form winning combinations.
The wilds will also nudge up a row to make for a stacked wild, creating win recipes where there were none. This game does not have a conventional scatter, which appear in 3s to trigger free spins. All it takes is one or more golden dragon eggs to trigger whichever feature is listed in the window above that reel. The features range from free spins to cash rewards and the game’s 4 jackpots. Each reel has a feature above it, which changes from spin to spin.
However, only the windows above reels 1, 3, and 5 are active in the base game, while the windows above reels 2 and 4 get active during the bonus rounds. The windows above these reels are where the big prizes are. The dragon egg can also nudge back up on to the reels after it had disappeared into the depths below. This golden dragon egg has another important function. It also acts as a wild and helps create winning combos, while activating all the other good stuff.
Dragons of the North is set against a medieval village that looks far from icy. The four dragons are well designed, if not conventional, and the overall game could have used some more spark. The game has 4 jackpots whose stake multiplier values are depicted from time to time above the feature windows on top of the reels. This space also displays other features of the game.
Dragons of the North is a mid to high volatility slot that tends to play out more in lower variance. This means that the bonus features can be triggered more frequently, and the game does not suffer from prolonged dry spells like many other high variance games. This might explain the game’s slightly below average return to player rate of 95.98%. High variance games typically have RTPs of significantly more than 96% overall.
The betting starts at $0.50 and ends at $25.00. Winning combinations are made when identical symbols land on at least three adjacent starting from the leftmost. However, the fire-breathing and icy dragons, the two most valuable symbols will even pay for landing reels 1 and 2. However, wilds on all 5 reels payout the highest at 1,000 coins in the base game. Players will also benefit from the various multipliers during the bonus rounds. The maximum potential of this game is 1,000 times your bet.
When the golden dragon egg lands on reels 1, 2, or 3 and the prize window above displays ‘Free Spins’, you get ten free spins. You also unlock the prize windows above reels 2 and 4, which contain the jackpot wheel prize and more opportunities to win spins on that wheel.
You can also get x2, x3, x5, and 10 multipliers of the cash values in the windows above the reels the scatter lands on, which triggered the bonus round. These multipliers can theoretically go up to 750 times. Land the dragon on reels 1, 3, and 5 during this round and get two more free spins.
Dragons of the North has four static jackpots built into the game. These are mini, minor, major and the grand jackpots. They all pay with different multipliers. The mini jackpot pays out 15 times your stake and the corresponding multipliers for the minor, major and the grand jackpots are 35, 250, and 1,000 times your bet respectively.
Dragons of the North can be played across all smartphones and tablets that operate on Android, iOS, Windows, and Blackberry, etc. The HTML5 coding of the game is compatible with these platforms. HTML5 also creates a mobile interface that restructures to the small screen and enables the game to play out in full HD graphics and original sound quality.
Dragons of the North should be played in landscape format as the portrait mode has the reels too small with the extraneous background taking up unnecessary space. You will be playing online so you must make sure you have stable internet connectivity wherever you’re playing from for uninterrupted game play.
We think Dragons of the North is a pretty good slot with a good payout potential. The game will definitely appeal to fans of western dragons and the fantasy genre. However, the maximum win potential of the game may deter high rollers.