This delightful Chinese themed game is a Microgaming design. A basic Chinese style accompaniment provides the sound track to this standard five reel, three row slot format. Two Chinese lions stand guard either side of the reels in a red lit traditional Asian scene. The reels run against the background of a Chinese building with a green tiled roof. The game’s title and a couple of golden dragons complete the atmospheric scene. The reels themselves contain some iconic images of the Far East, such as a festival dragon, a traditional drummer, some dancers and lots of playing card values, customised with fans, firecrackers, dragons and other symbols of China. Dragon Dance is a smooth running choice whichever type of device you choose to play on, but the clear and colourful design makes this game a good option for playing on the go. The reel symbols run against a clean white background, so everything is easy to follow no matter how compact your mobile or tablet display.
You can set your stake value at various amounts from as little as 25p up to £125 per spin. The wild symbol is the Dragon Dance logo. These can appear on reels two and four, and can substitute for all the other symbols apart from the Scatter. Get three or more of these firecracker scatter symbols anywhere on your reels to trigger fifteen free spins. The scene turns from day to night as the now black reels are surrounded by a purple hue and the music reflects the change of scene. Any prizes won during your free spins are tripled, and further re-spins can be triggered during the feature.
At the conclusion of every spin, you have the option of re-spinning any reel you choose, in order to try to achieve a winning combination. You can spin one reel at a time, and choose different reels each time if you wish. The extra cost involved in spinning each individual reel is displayed at the bottom of the reel, so you can weigh up the prospects of achieving a big win against the extra charge you have to pay. This may well be worth trying if you are one “scatter” short of your free spins, but of course the cost of re-spinning a remaining reel will be quite high. It’s all a question of risk and reward.
This is a simple but enchanting game. You won’t need to study the pay table and instructions for too long before playing this relatively basic title, but it is fun to play and can be enjoyed without needing to plan complicated strategies or concentrate on difficult and complicated special stages. You can always use the re-spin feature, which I think acts a bit like the online equivalent of the old “nudge” feature which appeared on the real life fruit machines of a bygone era. The anticipated long term Return to Player rate (RTP) for this game is in excess of 97%.