White Rabbit inspired mechanics in DRAGON MAIDEN by Play'n GO
Unlock up to 7,776 win ways in the bonus
Featuring expanding wilds, free spins and Golden free spins
Dragon Maiden Introduction
Play'n GO are back with a new title that actually looks quite interesting and one we believe has potential to top the charts of trending slots. It has a fantasy Game of Thrones kind of theme going on, with dragon scale covering the background of the reel set and glowing skies and mountains serving as the backdrop. Every once in a while you see a dragon pass by in the far distance which is a nice detail added to the game.
At first glance, it looks like any other 5-reel, 3-row slot, but the bonus reveals something else as you will see. It's quite apparent that Play'n GO have allowed themselves to be heavily inspired by Big Time Gaming here, both visually and in terms of mechanics. The Dragon scatter, for example, is pretty much a copy of Dragon Born and the bonus is, albeit not as sophisticated as the original, a take on White Rabbit with its expanding reels. To copy each other like this is not unusual in the iGaming industry and for us players, it's not always a bad thing as some of the replicas have turned out to be better, or at least just as good, as the original.
Dragon Maiden is a 243 win ways slot which means that three or more identical symbols landing on subsequent reels will result in a winning combination, hence there is no need to keep track of particular pay lines. The 243 wins ways, 5 reels and 3 rows in the main game can expand up to 5 reels, 3 rows and 7,776 win ways in the free spins. It's a high variance slot with good potential, although not as massive as White Rabbit. Available on all devices, players can bet between €0.20 and €100 per spin.
Dragon Maiden Symbols & Paytable
On the reels you will find spades, hearts, diamonds and clubs as well as dragon coins, daggers, rings and red gems. The top paying symbol is the Daenerys Targaryen inspired Dragon Maiden which will give you 12.50 times the stake should you land 5 across a full payline.
The Dragon Maiden symbol also has the ability to randomly transform into a wild that can expand up to 3 symbols high. Although highly unlikely, it potentially means that you can land the top prize of 3000 times the stake in the main game alone should it expand fully on all 5 reels.
Whenever 2 Dragon scatters lands in view, a re-spin is initiated while the 2 scatters are held in place. This will increase the chance of landing the third scatter needed to activate the free spins feature.
Dragon Maiden Free Spins
3, 4 or 5 Dragon scatters will l reward you with 8, 10 or 12 free spins respectively. In the bonus, the Dragon scatter has a very central role. Whenever it lands, it will increase the height of the reel by 1 symbol up to 6 symbols high.
What is more, when a reel expands to its maximum height of 6 symbols you will be awarded a Golden free spin as well as 1 additional Golden free spin for every scatter that lands on the fully expanded reel. This means that you can earn up to 5 Golden free spins per reel which takes place on a 7,776 win ways reel set once the free spins are completed.
There is a massive 5000 times the stake potential (not per single spin as some sites have stated) in the Golden free spins which is not bad at all.
Dragon Maiden Conclusion
As we have seen in the past, Play'n GO is a studio capable of producing really good clones of classic games with Book of Dead likely being the most successful of them all. Dragon Maiden may not be as fine-tuned or sophisticated as its role model White Rabbit, and it will never in a million years replace the original, but it is undoubtedly a great and very competent alternative for those who wish to try their luck with another provider on a game of similar nature.
Game title: Dragon Maiden
Game description: 5 reels | 3 rows | 243 pay lines up to 7,776 | RTP 96.49% | Max Win Potential: 5000x | Variance: H | Bets: €0.20 - €100 | Features: Expanding wilds, re-spins, free spins, Golden free spins | Release date: November 15
Bigwinboard Rating - 82%