Dragon Island is a Win Both Ways video slot designed by NetEntertainment. I’m always happy to review a NetEnt game, because I think they’re one of the best designers working anywhere in the casino industry. Their games are attractive, have high replay value, and usually incorporate a cool theme.
The Win Both Ways system is simple – rather than only winning for combinations formed from left to right, players earn credits for symbols combos that move right to left as well. Dragon Island pays out double winnings for five-symbol combos – both from right to left and left to right. It’s a neat feature that means this title spits out more winnings than other NetEnt games, even if those winnings are (on average) smaller than on other NetEnt titles.
This slot uses five reels and fifteen paylines to form winning combos. The theme is simple, as is the game play – there’s no overarching plot or story. Instead, symbols of dragons in all their ancient glory are mixed with the standard NetEntertainment playing card symbols. This title has a free spins feature and multiple wild symbols to increase the odds of winning.
Dragon Island slot
Coins Range:$0.25 to $150
Free Spins/Multiplier Better:Yes
Working out the available stakes for this game is a bit complicated. Dragon Island accepts the following coin denominations: $0.01, $0.02, $0.05, $0.10, $0.20, $0.50. But thanks to the Win Both Ways feature, bettors have to wager at least two credits per line. Factor in the coins-per-line betting options (between 1 and 10) and the total wagering range is between $0.02 and $150. That’s a really wide range, and it includes micro stakes and high roller bets. In case you don’t think $150 a spin is high roller territory, consider that most online slot players will see 600 spins per hour – at $150 a spin, that’s $90,000 an hour, which is high roller status by anyone’s standard.
NetEntertainment’s website states that this game’s theoretical payout percentage is 96.7%. That’s pretty high for an online slot. Consider this example: a bettor wagering $0.25 a spin for an hour would expect losses of just $4.95 on a total outlay of $150. That’s inexpensive entertainment, for sure.
The top fixed prize is worth just 2,500 coins. Additional jackpot prizes are available through the Win Both Ways feature and during multipliers that appear as a result of free spins rounds.
The free spin feature is the closest thing to a true bonus game that’s available at this site. Players can win up to 50 free spins (with an additional 30 available during their play) for lining up the right number of scatter symbols at the right time. Besides this option, no true bonus game is made available.
NetEntertainment is slowly porting their entire slot library into a mobile version, and this is a big deal. Some slot designers (I’m looking at you, Novomatic) are slow to enter the mobile market. This is probably the next big thing – some analysts expect mobile gambling to overtake traditional Web-based gambling in the next two years – and I’m happy to see a successful designer releasing attractive and fun titles for smartphones and tablets.
Dragon Island loses some cool points in my eyes for its lack of a cohesive theme. Sure, there are pretty dragon images to look at, but that’s hardly a consolation. I do like the wide range of available bets, the high top prizes, and the Win Both Ways feature. Overall, it’s not one of my favorite NetEnt titles, but certainly not one that I avoid playing. I just wish there were more bonus games or video scenes to increase the replay value.