Here we go again, on the road to east Asia for another slot with global appeal, this one from developers Red Tiger – Dragon’s Luck slot.
This five-by-three game features a lot of the usual elements of such games, with a Japanese look and feel to a lot of the design.
It’s got some extras, including free spins and a multiplier, and the game looks and feels good, with reds and golds and a temple ambience to the design.
Should you take this trip to the Far East though?
Let’s have a look in this Dragon’s Luck slot review.
Red Tiger have been in the news of late. The company, which was founded in 2014, was recently taken over by NetEnt for more than £200 million.
That’s a lot of money. So we’ll assume that Red Tiger was doing something right in the game development stakes.
After all, NetEnt has a massive market share, both globally and in the UK, and shares in the company went up when it bought Red Tiger, so observers apparently liked the deal too.
Red Tiger is based on the Isle of Man, a UK jurisdiction that’s just off-shore.
The company has won awards: three in 2018 for casino supply and mobile supply, and another for the best online slot for its Rocket Men title. In 2019 the company has already got a Best Innovation in Mobile Gaming Software prize.
It’s that sort of innovation that has no doubt attracted NetEnt to the company. Big companies in the gaming industry are increasingly looking at picking up small design studios to add a bit of spice to their catalogues.
With Red Tiger, they get around 125 slots listed in the UK market. The top titles are this one, at number two, but the big hit for Red Tiger is the Pirates’ Plenty series. The company also has Reel King Mega and Mega rise in their top five. All of these titles are in the top 50 in the UK, which is a high hit rate for a relatively small catalogue.
People like Red Tiger game.
This trip to east Asia first set off in 2015.
It’s a standard set up with five reels and three rows of symbols making a total of 15 symbols. Across this playing area run 10 pay-lines, but they run both ways to give a total of 20.
The theoretical return to player is 96.29%. This measure records how much of the money wagered on a game over its lifetime is likely to be returned to its player (if the player behaves in a particularly approved way). So there’s a house edge of around 4%.
This Dragon’s Luck slot is a high variance or volatility game. So that means you are more likely to win larger prizes, but the game is set-up to pay-out less often.
Both of these measures are quite vague in some ways. They are long term, and your own experience of a game may vary wildly from this in individual instances.
The top prize sticks to that volatility measure though: it’s 690,000 coins. Betting runs from 20p to £500 in UK casinos, but you should be sure you check all the financial limits on the game you are playing.
A simple classic set up is complemented with a simple classic control panel.
At the bottom left is the main betting window. Here you use a plus and minus button to set the total stake. To the right of that is the Autoplay button.
At the right of the screen is the pay-table button, with the spin button the right.
Look for more controls on your game frame.
The lowest pay symbols are the cards, with stylized east Asian graphics for Jacks, Queens, Kings, and Aces paying out up to 200 coins.
The high paying symbols are a koi carp, a doll, and a coin.
The coin is also a special symbol, alongside a dragon, a dragon coin, and a Mega Coin.
Giant symbols are one of the big bonuses in this game.
The dragon symbol turns symbols into big winners, and the Mega Fortune symbol pays out 1,380-times stake. The Dragon Coin symbol turns around to reveal a big winning symbol.
The Mega Coin is a giant symbol also delivering big wins. You’ll need a screen full of the 138-labelled coin to win the 1,380-times stake win.
Whatever the reason, gaming companies love to look to China, Japan, and East Asia. No doubt the opening up of these markets has something to do with it, and Red Tiger are known for producing games that have done well in Asian markets. That may be one of the reasons why NetEnt has hoovered up the company.
Here the design is beautifully done. It confused us a little because we couldn’t work out whether this was a Chinese or Japanese themed game, though that could be down to our own ignorance more than any lack of precision on the designers’ part. They certainly know what they’re doing, and they’ve designed a great game that has excellent gameplay and really looks and sounds beautiful.
As to the game mechanics. It’s unusual to see a high volatility game. We’ve seen reviews complaining about the lack of feature triggers, but that’s in the nature of high volatility games. You should know whether or not you like this sort of game. If you’re not so sure, give it a try on demo mode or for low stakes, because there’s no need to bet high to appreciate this game.
The big wins are very worth hitting though, and if you enjoy this genre of games this is one of the best we’ve seen in 2019, give it a try today.