The Microgaming video slot has been inspired by Chinese New Year celebrations and the traditional Dragon Dance, so it was no surprise that the five reel, 243 winning ways game was released ahead of the 2016 festivities.
Even though the game developers gave their best to pay homage to the Chinese culture and tradition, Dragon Dance feels like yet another game with the familiar theme and the same format, although at least the gameplay has been enhanced.
Microgaming rolled out the Chinese themed video slot in February 2016, but it only serves as yet another proof that the highly regarded software developer is slowly losing battle with up and coming gaming companies that have been releasing some amazing titles of late.
While they were once regarded industry leaders, Microgaming have been on a major downtrend of late, as their latest games all resemble one another, with even the storylines pretty similar, whereas format and special features are virtually the same.
How to Play
The game screen has been designed as an entrance into a Chinese temple, with important game options found below the reels.
Clicking on Bet opens a drop-up menu that lets players select coin size from $0.01 to $0.50 and number of coins (1-10). The number of coins selected will be multiplied by the 25-credit default bet.
The 243 ways scheme means that matching symbols will award wins when three or more are found anywhere on adjacent reels, as long as they start from reel I. Autoplay and Max Bet are supported, whereas Pays icon located in the top right hand corner opens the Paytable.
When it comes to the visual appearance, the game reels are quite colourful, although the background looks more appealing than the symbols populating the game screen, which is not exactly a perfect scenario.
The Respin Feature is in place to give gamers more control over the gameplay, but it needs to be used wisely or else it may eat away your account balance. You get to re-spin any of the game reels after each spin, with the cost of re-spin obviously depending on the winning potential.
Re-spinning can be a good strategy if you are chasing big wins, although you need to consider the risk and reward before exercising this option.
Dragon Dance also houses a more conventional bonus round, activated when three or more Firecracker Scatters appear in any position. When that happens, a total of 15 free spins will be played, where all wins are tripled, while the free games can be re-triggered.
Dragon Dance has the potential to award substantial payouts in the main game, especially if you get four or five matching high value symbols, and if you can obtain one such combination in the Free Spins round, where all wins are multiplied by x3, it will be very beneficial for your account balance.
The maximum amount you can win per single spin is whopping $60,000, obviously provided you play at maximum bet that stands at $125. Said payout is awarded when five dragon icons appear on the five reels within the Free Spins round.
If you observe Dragon Dance as a stand-alone game, you probably will not have any major objections, seeing that the visuals are not bad at all and the potential for decent wins is there, especially taking the Re-Spin Feature into account.
But, when we know that this is umpteenth Microgaming slot with a Chinese theme, we just cannot bring ourselves to recommend it to fellow gamers.