Dragon Chase (Quickspin): Review
No other provider has made such a radical change to its core DNA as Quickspin, and though few have ever questioned the company's creative talent, the paytables, on the other hand, have historically been rather disappointing. This changed quite drastically after the release of Dwarfs Gone Wild, a slot that was to be Quickspin's "flagship" title but instead quickly fell into oblivion. With a multitude of features and lots of eye-candy, it made big promises but ultimately failed to deliver. In a time where extreme volatility and massive payouts is the trend, Dwarfs made little (no pun intended) sense.
In the wake of Dwarfs, Quickspin decided it was time to grow up, and a few hard-hitting, highly volatile beasts down the road, the company had managed to work its way up to become relevant again by today's standards. While monsterous 5000x+ Quickspin wins still appear to be relatively rare (possibly because they're not played as much as other providers or because the win frequency is lower), the change has been a welcomed one, offering players a broader variety in terms of volatility. With its new Asian-themed Dragon Chase slot, Quckspin takes another important step forward as it marks the release of the studios first jackpot game. Playable from 20 cents to 100€ per spin across all devices, this 5-reel, 3-row, 20-payline slot comes with a Wildfire feature where symbols move downwards with each spin. There's also a Free Spins Bonus where you'll benefit from extra Wildfire symbols as well as a Dragon Pearl Respin feature that can lead to potentially life-changing wins should you trigger the progressive jackpot.
Set in the heavenly realms of the dragons, Dragon Chase is designed with a warm colour palette almost entirely made out of red and gold. With fireflies swirling in the background and a fierce dragon resting on the reels, symbols include A to 10 lower value royals as well as more lucrative gold rings, Chinese ingots, frog and dragon statues - the latter being the most rewarding giving you 50 times your stake for a full payline. Of the same value as the dragon statue is the flaming ball which serves as a wild, substituting for all symbols except the scatter.
Dragon Chase (Quickspin): Feature
Triggering randomly in the base game, when a Wildfire symbol lands on the reels, it remains in place and move down 1 position each spin until falling out of view. Up to 5 of these can land in one spin and up to 10 Wildfire symbols can appear on the reels together.
Dragon Chase also comes with a Free Spins feature which activates when 3 scatter symbols appear on the 3 middle reels. Starting with 10 spins, you can re-trigger the feature with 3 extra spins if you land 2 scatter symbols on reels 2 and 4. The bonus is not too different from the base game, but you'll benefit from extra Wildfire symbols to increase the winning potential. At the end of the bonus, any Wildfire symbols present on the reels will be carried through to the base game. There is a chance to land wins of up to 1170 times your stake here.
The Dragon Pearl Respin feature is where the big bucks can be won. Activated when 3 jackpot symbols appear in view, you get 3 spins played on a grid with 15 sparately spinning positions. Whenever a Dragon Pearl symbol hit the reels, it sticks in place while the number of spins resets to 3. The respin feature comes to an end when you either run out of spins or if all 15 positions have been taken up by a Dragon Pearl symbol. Now, each of these symbols will give you a random cash prize worth up to 7 times your stake. More importantly, 4 or more of them will trigger one of the four jackpots accordingly:
- Mini Jackpot - 4 to 7 Dragon Pearl symbols give you 8 times your stake.
- Minor Jackpot - 8 to 11 Dragon Pearl symbols give you 28 times your stake.
- Major Jackpot - 12 to 14 Dragon Pearl symbols give you 138 times your stake.
- Grand Jackpot - 15 Dragon Pearl symbols triggers the progressive jackpot.
Dragon Chase (Quickspin): Verdict
As a first jackpot slot, Dragon Chase is not bad, but at the same time it also brings back memories of the meagre old Quickspin days with its low payouts. When push comes to shove, it's all about the progressive jackpot here and nothing else hardly seems to matter much. Moreover, as a near-clone of NetEnt's jackpot slot Divine Fortune, it doesn't really bring anything new to the table.
There is absolutely nothing to complain about in terms of mechanics, gameplay, or artwork, but as a slot it's just not very exciting. Unless you believe you have a realistic chance of triggering the progressive, there's little incentive to play Dragon Chase unfortunately.
In spite of everything it has going for it, Quickspin’s first ever jackpot game does little to set itself apart from other jackpot games.