The epic saga Game of Thrones is finally back for its 8th and final season to hopefully bring an answer to all the questions we've been waiting for all this time. What will be the fate of Westeros, how will the power balance between Jon Snow and the dragon queen Daenerys Targaryen play out and, most importantly, will the living be able to defeat the dead. To celebrate the return of this epic drama, we've compiled a list of our 5 favourite dragon-themed slots.
“When my dragons are grown, we will take back what was stolen from me and destroy those who wronged me! We will lay waste to armies and burn cities to the ground!”
Game of Thrones (Microgaming)
What better place to start than the official Game of Thrones slot. This 5 reel game comes in two versions - 15 paylines and 243 ways to win. We strongly recommend the 243 ways version although the 15 payline version can offer some decent sessions as well. In our humble opinion, the 243 ways version is one of the best of all branded slots ever released and is still to this day a game we frequently return to. It's incredibly well-balanced and can deliver amazing hits in the base game through its fully stacked wilds. There are also 4 different bonuses to choose from here represented by the GoT houses. They each come with a unique combination of multipliers, free spins and stacked symbols. The most volatile, Baratheon, gives you 8 free spins along with a x5 multiplier and can award wins of over 20,000 times your stake.
Visually, Dragonz may have more in common with Pokémon than Game of Thrones. Regardless, central to the story here is four quirky and colourful dragons that we know as Gobble, Frost, Switch and Flint. With 5 reels and 243 ways to win, there are 4 different free spins bonuses to play, each hosted by one of the 4 dragons. Flint will breathe flaming wilds onto the reels that can give you up to 10 wilds on the last spin, Switch has the ability to stash wilds where non-winning wilds are kept on hold until they're randomly added to the reels, Frost freezes non-winning wilds until they become part of a winning combination and Gobble spits sticky wilds that remain on the reels until a losing spin. Medium variance, you can win a whopping 3,583 times your stake from a single spin.
Dragon Born (Big Time Gaming)
Dragon Born is one of Big Time Gaming's true classics. With 6 reels and played using the immensely popular Megaways engine, there's room for up to 117,649 ways to win when expanded to its maximum state. The base game can go nuts here and is possibly even more thrilling than the bonus - keep an eye out for the Harlequin that turns reels into fully stacked wilds as well as boosting them with multipliers of up to x7. Combined, these multipliers can deliver significant wins. The free spins bonus is not bad either and can give you loads of retriggers. Oh, they just released a 4K version of it too.
Dragon Maiden (Play'n GO)
One of the latest additions, Dragon Maiden is a slot heavily influenced by Big Time Gaming's White Rabbit in terms of gameplay. With a setup of 5 reels and 243 ways to win it comes with a base game feature where you can benefit from wild transformations. Central to the game, however, is the free spins feature. Starting with up to 12 spins, each scatter symbol that hits also expands the reel it lands on. Fully expanded, the game offers 7,776 ways to win and can deliver payouts of up to 5000 times your stake.
Dragon's Treasure (Merkur)
Finally, we have to mention a true classic that looks a bit dated but is a highly volatile beast that can deliver wins of up to 10,000 times your stake. Yes, it's ugly, and it's quite choppy to play, but Dragon's Treasure is a no-nonsense game that takes you back to the basics. Loved by thousands of players, the original land-based version has been perfectly ported to online video slot where even the 90s-style graphics have been preserved. The game is simple - with 5 reels and 5 paylines, it's all about the free spins feature here where you get to select a special symbol. Similar to the action in Book of Ra, when it hits, the special symbol expands to fully cover the reel. Dragon's Treasure is volatile, thrilling and simple and is still going strong despite its old age.