Malta-based Pragmatic Play, a flagship slot provider with 80+ HTML 5 titles for mobile and desktop computers, together with its partner Reel Kingdom, a British game developer, has officially released 8 Golden Dragon Challenge, an Asian-themed slot which includes dragons and numerous cultural, mystical symbols from Asian culture.
Aligning with its name, the main theme of the online slot is dragons, more precisely blue, green and red dragons, and the number 8, which in Asian culture is associated with success, prosperity, wealth and status. The game takes place surrounded by a colorful background of lush vegetation, cherry blossom trees and gold coins.
To make regular wins, players must form combinations of 5 matching symbols from left to right beginning from the far left side of the reels on a dynamic 5×3 grid that offers 10 paylines. The game is available on all devices, has high volatility, a default RTP of 96.02% and a maximum win of 8,800x a player’s bet.
The basic low-value symbols are the card ranks 9, 10, J, Q, K, and A card ranks, while the high-value bonus symbols are the aforementioned blue, red and green dragons. A combination of 5 low-pays is worth between 2x to 10x, increasing to 20x to 100x a player’s bet for a combination of five high-value bonus symbols, with the Red Dragon being the highest-paying symbol and having a value of 100x for a combination of 5 symbols.
Mini Slot Machine Bonus Feature – landing 3 Scatters throughout a base game spin triggers this feature. Upon activation, it replaces standard reels with the eight 3×3 mini slot machines that display dragons symbols or blanks. During each round each mini machine spins, and the machine is completely locked if there are no wins, which further ends the feature if each machine is locked.
Envelope Bonus – this one is triggered if any of the aforementioned mini machines unveils a full dragon symbol on the reel at the end of the above feature. Once activated, specific multipliers range from 1x for one full Dragon symbol, 3x for two and 8x for three.
Additionally, during said feature, 8 envelopes are revealed, displaying random sums of money. These sums are then multiplied by the total bonus multiplier before being added up for the final payout. Potential values for the envelopes are 2x, 3x, 5x, 6x, 7x, 8x, or 10x.
Bonus Buy/ Ante Bet – if players want to access the Buy Bonus feature immediately, they may buy it for 100x their selected stake. However, the Ante Bet is for those who want to naturally increase their chances of activating the same feature by paying an additional 50% of their bet.
Commenting on the new game, Pragmatic Play’s Chief Operating Officer, Irina Cornides, said: “Dragons unlock the key to powerful rewards in our latest release while taking players on a mystical adventure. With potent and auspicious powers, various dragons adorn the reels and can trigger the game’s fast-paced Mini Slot Machine Bonus, where cash prizes can be scaled up to great heights. Adding a deeper layer to the game is the thrilling Envelope Bonus, which can reveal instant cash prizes and exciting multipliers.”