For today’s new slot roundup, we thought we’d take a look at a couple of new entries based around all-things mystical and magical. Specifically, Dragon Spin from Bally Technologies and Black Knight II from WMS Gaming. So if you’re looking for a little welcome escapism into a world of wild and wonderful fiction, read on for our full rundown of these two new additions to the market.
Up first, Dragon Spin comes courtesy of the folks at Bally Gaming – a name that often takes a backseat to the market-leaders but nonetheless consistently delivers the goods. In the case of Dragon Spin, we’re looking at a five-reel slot with three rows and up to 90 paylines, which runs like a dream across desktop and mobile devices alike. Most pockets and covered with spins ranging from 30p to £120 each, while a solid selection of bonus features help keep the action enjoyable.
With a predominantly Asian theme, Dragon Spin looks and sounds great. There are four dragon symbols of different colours, along with all the usual playing card values and a wild symbol that’s good for replacing all other symbols. In addition, the wild is also the most valuable in terms of payouts during normal play – five in a row in a winning payline being worth 100X your bet.
Next up comes the Mystery Stacked Reels feature, during which two or three random symbols appear in mystery symbol positions when the reels spin. This means a higher likelihood of hitting a winning combination – especially if you also score any wilds Then there’s the Dragon Spin Bonus feature, which can be entered upon landing at least three Bonus scatters on reels two, three and four at the same time. This will see you rewarded with a spin on the Dragon Wheel, which will determine which of the three free spins bonus rounds you then get to play.
There’s the Raining Wilds feature, during which you will be provided with five free spins. Before each spin takes place, anywhere from three to ten wilds will find their way into random positions on the reels, along with mystery symbol positions to increase your chances of lining up winning combinations.
Then there’s the Reel Blast feature, where you’ll once again get five free spins with all 90 paylines in play and a Reel Blast centre reel. In short, this reels covers the second, third and fourth reels on all three of the reel sets, with the symbol staying in place throughout the feature to improve the odds of wins.
Last of the three comes the Persisting Wilds feature, which again means five free spins to play with. In this instance though, all wilds that appear at any time will stay where they are for the duration of the bonus round. Up to two persisting wilds can appear during the first three free spins, three wilds during the fourth and up to seven during the final spin. Strike it lucky here and the potential for healthy payouts is huge!
On the whole, Dragon Spin nails that perfect balance between simplicity and feature-packed enjoyment. It’s really easy to get into and becomes more and more addictive as you find your way into those all-important bonus rounds. It’s a medium-variance game so should suit most players and is definitely worth a spin or two.
Meanwhile, if you’re in any way familiar with Black Knights, you probably know what to expect from Black Knight II. Sequel to the spectacularly popular original, there’s a lot of pressure on Black Knight II to deliver the goods in a big way. This time around, WMS Gaming have added a further 10 paylines into the equation, with spins on offer from 40p up to a maximum of £120. Like before, the story is all about a knight looking to make a name for himself in a medieval setting.
While the visuals have been improved and new paylines added, normal play with Black Knight II is pretty much a carbon copy of the original. Which isn’t of course a bad thing, if you liked what Black Knight was all about. There’s not a great deal going on during normal play – with Black Knight II, it’s all about the free spins features on offer.
You’ll need to land three or more Shield symbols to enter the bonus round, during which you’ll be given seven free spins and all wins are multiplied 7X. Like before, landing a wild symbol on the second, third or fourth reels during the free spins feature will result in the entire reel being filled with the wild, which will then be locked in place for the duration of the feature. It’s perfectly possible – if you’re lucky enough – to end up with three wild reels early on in the bonus round is to stand the chance of pocketing a huge prize.
One slight letdown though is that also like its predecessor, there is no way of re-triggering the free spins during the round…which is a shame.
To be honest, that’s pretty much where it comes to an end with Black Knight II. It’s the same basic slot as the original, only polished up in a couple of key areas to bring it up to date. It’s certainly better than the original in terms of looks and gameplay alike, but isn’t what you’d call a huge leap forward. But at the same time, make your way into that famed free spins round and you’ll be glad you gave it a shot.