Dragons and Magic: Overview
Developer Stakelogic has been busy of late, adding the fantasy-based slot Dragons and Magic to their growing line-up. You rarely come across good dragons, regardless of the entertainment form, except for Puff the Magic Dragon perhaps. Slots are one of the few places they end up benefiting the protagonist. Dragons and Magic proves the rule where the winged beasts might looking terrifying, but actually lead to the game’s best bits courtesy of their eggs, eyes, and fireballs.
A 5 reel, 243 win ways slot welcomes players into a misty forest, brought to life via animated flames, leaves, and a shimmering nature. While the presentation is high quality, it lacks the immediate visceral impact of say Stakelogic’s previous fantasy(ish) slot Gods of Death. In fact, despite a few modifiers livening things up, Dragons and Magic can be a little sleepy – until the bonus game kicks in.
Dragons and Magic is another slot to feature Stakelogic’s trademarked Super Stake option. These optional extras increase the stake while offering a variety of modifiers unique to each game. When not activated, default bets range from 20 p/c to £/€100 per spin. When the Super Stake is in play, bets double to 40 p/c to £/€200 a pop.
For the increased spend, players get a Mystical Dragon feature, plus a Dragon Fireball feature - both to be covered in the next section. For now, let’s check the critical stats starting with an RTP of 96.01%, which is as average as it gets, in a good way. Volatility is high, working alongside decent potential and a bonus game that expands the grid, potentially going bananas in the process.
Symbols are all original, having been newly crafted for the game. On the low side are four potion bottles (red, yellow, green, blue) which smash open to create little fiery patterns when they win. For the high pays, we get a rabbit foot (or pig trotter, it’s hard to tell), a jewelled ring, a magician, and a glowing-eyed dragon. The dragon is a little special because it only needs two of a kind to make winner, while five in a row is worth 20 times the stake.
Dragon eye wilds come in two forms – standard or multiplier. Both land in any position to substitute for regular pay symbols, but the multiplier wild also multiplies wins by x2, x5, or x10. Wilds appear as a dragons eye which blinks to let you know if it possesses a multiplier or not. A line of 5 wilds is worth 20 times the stake, and if more than one multiplier is used in a combination then the values are added together.
Dragons and Magic: Features
Stakelogic's Super stake system vary from slot to slot. In the case of Dragons and Magic, it provides two benefits when activated. The first one is the Mystical Dragon Eye feature - when randomly triggered, it transforms random symbols into wilds or multiplier wilds.
The second randomly triggered feature is the Dragon Fireball feature which launches a bunch of fireballs at random positions on the reels, effectively turning the symbols on the targeted positions into matching symbols. Both features trigger on average once every 32 spins.
Keep an eye out for the golden fiery dragon egg which is the scatter - 3, 4, or 5 in view award 10, 20, or 50 free spins respectively. During the feature, a new symbol pops up - coloured dragon eggs on reels 2, 3, or 4. When only 1 of these dragon eggs is in view, it increases the height of its respective reel by one, up to a maximum of 6. If 2 or 3 are in view, they increase the reels and also transform all symbols on one or two reels into wilds respectively.
Scatters remain present during free spins. Whenever one appears, it increases the reel by one up to a maximum of 6. It also means 10, 20, or 50 more free spins are awarded when 3, 4, or 5 scatters land. If reels get maxed out, then up to 7,776 win ways are in play.
Lastly, we have the gamble feature. We should have a special copy and paste batch of text just for Stakelogic since they ram one on to just about every game. In Dragons and Magic, it is the standard blind card trick that doubles or quadruples your winnings for guessing the right colour or suit.
Dragons and Magic: Verdict
Stakelogic has been rather prolific of late so keeping up the quota appears to mean finding inspiration wherever possible. In this case, Dragons and Magic owes a substantial amount to Dragon Maiden from Play'n GO, borrowing both the theme and the expanding reels concept. Then again, Dragon Maiden took cues from Big Time Gaming's White Rabbit, so the circle of inspiration rolls on.
Standing on its own merits, Dragons and Magic is a decent game, possessing several pros and cons. On a positive note, free spins can be a hoot if you manage to unlock them, plus the game is a visually stunning.
One of the not so great points is that, since so much rides on free spins, they can be challenging to trigger. Moreover, without the Super Stakes option enabled, the enchanted forest will offer less excitement than a lunch break stroll in your local park.
Overall, Dragons and Magic is an exceptionally well-made, entertaining game that any fantasy fan is likely to enjoy. Is it better than Dragon Maiden though? We'll let you be the judge.
Dragons and Magic is a competent fantasy filled slot with a familiar gaming experience.