Fairytales and legends rarely reflect dragons as heroes, but in A Dragon's Story by NextGen Gaming, everyone's rooting for Ruff the Dragon to outwit a hapless knight called Sir William.
Although poor Ruff is "feared across the land", he's actually a very amiable creature, and over the centuries, he's amassed a wealth of gold coins, precious gems, and other items of treasure. But, it's his money particularly that he's keen to share with players in A Dragon's Story slot, and if you pay his lair a visit, he could be sending you home with up to two thousand times your stake!
It's a five-reel slot that you can play on mobile devices and desktops with bets of 25p to £200 per spin. And, it comes with NextGen's popular SuperBet feature that allows Ruff's baby dragons to blow more fireball wilds onto the reels at random. In addition, there's a Free Games Feature where you earn double rewards, and the Brave Sir William Bonus which offers bet multipliers of up to x1,250.
More about the Software Provider
NextGen Gaming was established in Australia in 1999 whereupon it quickly began creating slots for land-based and online casinos. One of its biggest hits to-date is an online slot called Foxin' Wins, which spawned another successful slot called Foxin' Wins Again.
In 2011, NextGen Gaming merged with another online slots developer called NYX Interactive, and it continues to produce slots through its own software house such as Samurai Split, Renegades, Dragon Wins, Lightning Gems, Wild Play SuperBet, Golden Mane, and Wild Run.
Appearance and Sound Effects
A Dragon's Story takes you back to medieval times when princesses needing rescuing from towers, knights took part in jousting tournaments, and common folk toiled for hours on the land.
Somewhere up in the mountains, you'll find Ruff the Dragon's lair, and Ruff can be seen sitting in the cave entrance where he stands on top of his treasure trove while panting and grinning. The sea of gold coins, goblets, and gems at his feet glitter incredibly realistically, and depending on which of the three SuperBet levels you choose to use, you'll find one, two or three miniature green dragons sat underneath Reels 1, 2 or 3.
The music is provided by a jolly medieval-inspired tune, and when the mini-dragons throw fire at the reels, you hear the sound of the flames licking the reels. Plus, when Ruff helps you to create a winning combination, his symbols come to life to show him throwing gold coins into the air with glee.
Bonuses and Special Features
A Dragon's Story boasts multiple bonuses and special features.
The first of these is the wild symbol which is represented by Ruff, and it can help you win more frequently by substituting for all symbols bar the Jewel.
The Jewel scatter unlocks the Free Games Feature when it appears three or more times on the same spin. You get ten free spins with any wins doubled, as well as the little dragons appearing more regularly.
The SuperBet button that appears on the right-hand side of the game screen offers you three different options. "Off" costs 25 coins per spin and gives you one mini-dragon who can randomly throw burning wilds onto Reel 3. "Level 1" costs 35 coins per spin and gives you little dragons underneath Reels 2, 3, and 4. "Level 2" costs 50 coins per spin and gives you mini-dragons under all five reels.
The Brave Sir William Bonus can be triggered after any base game spin. You simply select a fireball for Ruff to breathe, and depending on which fireball you pick, you win a cash reward of between 50 and 1,250 times your bet.
Finally, A Dragon's Story gives you the option to gamble your wins for a chance to double or quadruple each win by guessing the colour or suit of a face-down playing card.
A Dragon's Story uses five reels, three rows of symbols, and twenty-five fixed paylines, and has an average RTP (Return to Player Rate) of 95.22 to 95.62% which is dictated by the SuperBet Feature. The game lets you create winning combos using matching symbols in succession from the leftmost reel to the rightmost reel.
The game is designed to work with desktops, laptops, mobile phones, and tablets, and includes mobile-optimised game controls when played on mobile devices.
Whether you play it on your desktop or mobile, the animations and graphics in A Dragon's Story look amazing, and the gameplay is super-smooth. Plus, you get four different special features thanks to SuperBet (that gives you the potential to grab more wild wins), the free spins bonus, the Brave Sir William Bonus, and the option to gamble your winnings and, if successful, double or triple their value.