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Code: ATLANTIC
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1 Reels 5
2. Paylines 20
3. Progressive No
4. Maximum coins 200
5. Jackpot 25000
6. Maximum jackpot in coins 50000
7. Multiplier No
8. Scatter symbol Yes
9. Free Spins Yes
10. Betting range from $0.2 up to $100
11. Coin Bet Range from $0.01 up to $0.5
12. Coins per line 10
13. Bonus Game No
14. Wild symbol Yes
15. Payout percent 96.37

A lot of Asian-themed slots have shown up in the online casino world over the years, and Pragmatic Play's 8 Dragons slot fits squarely into the sub-genre. There are two things that are needed to make a game stand out when it uses a theme that's been done over and over again, and those two things are gameplay and graphics. The graphics are fairly solid in this game, but it's the gameplay that really stands out.

Game Layout

There are no real surprises when it comes to the format of this slot. You'll have five reels with three rows to create the standard 15-symbol grid. Across this grid are 20 paylines, and you can wager up to 10 coins on each of those lines. The coin values themselves start at $0.01 and go up to the $0.50 level, so your total betting range goes as low as $0.20 and as high as $100 per turn. Players with bankrolls of all different sizes will find comfortable bet sizes with these options.

Stacked Wild Multipliers

There is a different approach to the wilds used here that we can't remember having seen before in a slot, and that's always exciting. The wild dragon symbol always shows up stacked in pairs of to symbols. While it can help you to get extra winning combinations, it does only appear on the middle three reels, so it doesn't get winning combinations for just wilds. However, that's not where the majority of the value comes from this symbol.

Instead, if you get the full stack (both symbols) of a wild anywhere on the middle three reels, then you will get a 2x multiplier on your wins. This doesn't just apply to your wins for combinations that include a wild, however. Every single winning combination for the spin, whether it uses a wild or not, will have its prize doubled when this symbol appears completely on the reels. It's easy to see how this can lead to some pretty significant payouts that would be much larger than what you would otherwise be getting.

Free Spins Bonus Features

The red envelope with gold trim is the bonus symbol in the 8 Dragons slot, and it acts as a scatter on all five reels. Pick up three or more of this gorgeous piece of stationary to get a choice of five different free spins bonus features. You can choose a different number of free spins or a different random range of multipliers that the stacked wilds can give as described above.

The red dragon gives five free spins with wild multipliers of 8x, 10x or 15x. This increases to eight free spins with the purple dragon, but the wild multipliers drop to 6x, 8x or 10x. The green dragon gives 15 free spins with the wild multipliers set randomly to 3x, 4x or 6x, and you'll earn 20 free spins when you pick the blue dragon. In the blue dragon round, the wild multiplier can either stay at 2x or be kicked up to 3x or 4x at random.

Finally, there is an orange dragon in flames. This is the mystery option, and you'll get a random number of free spins with a random range of multipliers from the four options listed above. While this has the highest volatility, it also gives you a chance for the most value.

Major Payous and Winning Combinations

The tiger symbol in this game is the only symbol that pays for just two of a kind. The rest require a minimum of three for a win. Five of a kind of the tiger gets you 500x, and five of the purple and yellow dragon rewards you with a 130x win. It drops to 100x for five of the fish, and the gold coins and gold cups both pay 70x for five. The purple A, orange K, yellow Q and blue J all pay 50x for five of a kind, and that drops to 40x for five of the red 10 or green 9 symbols.

Overview

8 Dragons is a slot by Pragmatic Play that centers around a core group of features that are handled in fairly unique ways. That drives the gameplay in a great direction, and when you add that the graphics are pretty solid as well, you have a slot that works out pretty well in spite of having a theme that has been done so many times that it's absurd. Overall, they did a good job with this game, and the gameplay is driven by some features that make this slot pretty fun.

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