Raging Dragons: Slot Overview
After a brief sojourn to the Middle East in Kings of Gold, developer iSoftBet return to more familiar territory. We are talking about the venerated Asian theme, of course, a genre iSoftBet can’t seem to get enough of. Neither does a segment of the games playing public either going by the frequency with which these slots are flying off the production line. It’s no bad thing, provided the quality and a bit of originality is there. Has iSoftBet managed to squeeze some of that into Raging Dragons?
One thing iSoftBet usually nail is the audio-visual aspect to their games. There’s no denying the talented team who has created quite a dreamy view for Raging Dragons. It’s not exactly an original one, but the mountainous scenery has been designed in pleasing blue tones, accentuating the height of the surrounding cliff faces. Perched on top of the peaks are traditional Chinese buildings, pagoda-style while capping it all is the 5-reel, 3-row game area. What is a little different is the 5 multi-coloured lions sitting along the top of the reels. These aren’t just for decorative purposes either, since they play into the features covered below.
iSoftBet offer their standard range of bet options from 20 p/c on the lower side, up to £/€20 per spin. Playable on any device, Raging Dragons does away with paylines, in favour of a 243 ways to win system. Here, winning combinations of three or more of a kind line up from the leftmost reel in any row. The system helps the game flow and creates a more modern-feeling than if the designer had paired the traditional subject matter with fixed paylines.
When it comes to figures, Raging Dragons produces some pretty impressive numbers. At the time of testing, RTP was not available, but is expected to hover around the 96% mark. The volatility is high as are the individual symbol values, so the ride can be a little all over the place at times. Additionally, players get several options to choose from in the bonus game, affecting the volatility to a degree to suit their style.
Before the good bits, a few more rules to cover. The developer has decked the paytable out with 11 pay symbols, a scatter, and wilds. Pay symbols include standard 9-A card royals and premiums, which are more theme-based. Here you’ll find potion bottles, a chicken statue, a junk boat, a horse, and what looks like a kite. All have a real Asian flavour, though they aren’t the usual symbols you find in a slot, making a nice change. As to values, five premiums in a row are worth a fair pile coins, at 60 to 200x the stake.
Raging Dragons: Slot Features
Players who like several features padding out their Asian gaming should be satisfied by the selection on offer at Raging Dragons. The variety is quite broad, with extras popping up during base and bonus games, conjuring up some pretty big wins should they all come together.
Raging Dragons is a game that relies on a fair amount of player input. One area requiring some screen clicking is the Wild Dragon feature. Whenever a wild lands on reel 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5, it applies a multiplier of 1x, 2x, 3x, 4x, or 5x, respectively. Strangely, it's up to the player to choose which wild they want to activate as wilds only land on one reel during the base game.
One of the most interesting extras is the mysterious Lucky Envelope feature. These red envelopes, or hongbao, are common in Asian culture where they are filled with money and given as gifts on certain holidays. In Raging Dragons, the red letter feature can be triggered on any spin. When activated, the enveloper opens up to award a cash prize of 8x, 88x, 888x, or 8888x the bet.
Finally we get free spins which are triggered by 3 green orb scatters. As well as the bonus game, players get a payout of 2x, 5x, or 20x when 3, 4 or 5 scatters land. Now, in true Blueprint Gaming style, players must choose one of 6 free spins options:
|10 free spins||+ wild multipliers of 10x, 15x, or 30x|
|13 free spins||+ wild multipliers of 8x, 10x, or 15x|
|15 free spins||+ wild multipliers of 5x, 8, or 10x|
|20 free spins||+ wild multipliers of 3x, 5x, or 8x|
|25 free spins||+ wild multipliers of 2x, 3x, or 5x|
The sixth mystery option awards a random combination of free spins and multipliers from the above options. During the bonus, wilds can land on all five reels, and their multiplier values alternate on each spin. Players can extend the feature by landing 1 or 2 scatters which adds 2 or 4 extra spins to the remaining amount. Or, landing 3 scatters retriggers the initial free spins choice, plus the respective cash prize.
Raging Dragons: Slot Verdict
Raging Dragons is an enjoyable game that might do enough to entertain regular players as much as Asian fans. The bonus game’s multiplier-fest is a highlight, but the Dragon Reels and the ever-present lure of the red letter bonus during the main game help keep interest alive there. Despite the simple gameplay, the combination of features and the 243 win ways raise the game to above-average Asian standard.
You’d kind of hope so since iSoftBet is a regular traveller to the eastern part of the globe. Their expertise shows in the high graphic standard and the theme presentation, which is clichéd in some ways, yet subtly different in others. When designing an Asian slot, studios are limited as to the imagery they can use – dragons etc. iSoftbet has rammed in plenty of those; however, the inclusion of things like the red envelope broadens the cultural experience. It helps that big wins can leap forth from the envelope, plus the game’s overall potential is high. Wins of up to 12,150 times the stake might broaden the appeal.
All up, Raging Dragons is not a bad slot, leaning towards unmissable for players really into the Asian thing. It’s not quite so enchanting otherwise, but there is some decent gaming going on beneath the common outer wrapper.
What Raging Dragons does is quite good, but it’s hardly a bucket list game unless the theme really lights your lantern.