Epic fantasy is the theme on offer in Dragon Shard, a 5 reel, 40 payline video slot from Microgaming. Superbly designed, this sword and sorcery-style adventure comes with mystery transforming symbols and a free spins round where 1, 2 or 3 reels will be filled with mystery reels. Play with the Win Booster live to bring win both ways payouts into play as well as higher value mystery transformations. Play on your computer, tablet or mobile from between 5p and £200 per spin.
The visuals here are very well crafted. A woodland scene and stone buildings form the backdrop to the action. On the 5×5 reel grid you’ll find lower value heart, diamond, club and spade symbols alongside a shard and the fire and ice dragons. All of these symbols spin in stacks that are 2 symbols high.
Spinning in 5 high stacks are the 2 best paying symbols, the Fire Queen and Ice King. They both award 8 times your total bet if you land 5 in combination. Potentially even more rewarding is the Dragon Shard logo which is the wild. As well as offering payouts of 1, 4 or 10 times your bet, it also substitutes for all of the standard symbols. Complementing the base game are a few extras.
Mystery Symbols feature – as well as the usual standard symbols, wilds and scatters you’ll also see ? Symbols spinning around the reels. These are Mystery Symbols. All instances of these that land on the same spin transform into the same matching symbol and a new payout calculation is made.
Free Spins feature – the main feature round is triggered by landing 3, 4 or 5 scatters on the same spin. After a payout of 3, 20 or 100 times your bet, you’ll go on to play 10 free spins. On those free spins, you’ll see 1, 2 or 3 reels filled with Mystery ? Symbols. The number of mystery reels depends on the number of scatters from the triggering spin.
You’ll also be given the opportunity to bring some more extras into play. For a price. Click on the Win Booster feature and you’ll activate win both ways payouts. You’ll also upgrade the Mystery Symbols. At standard stakes the ? Symbols can morph into any symbol, lower or higher value. With the Win Booster feature in play, the ? Mystery Symbol can only turn into the higher value symbols.
There’s plenty to admire in Dragon Shard. The high spec design is top notch and there’s very decent variety of extras on offer. That’s certainly the case with the free spins round where the mystery reels can reel get things moving. The volatility here is in the medium range with top wins of 800 times your bet on each spin or free spin. If you like the fantasy theme, then Dragon Shard is well worth adding to your playing list. I also recommend Microgaming’s Game of Thrones which offers payouts of over 20,000 times your bet on each Baratheon free spin.