Dragon Dance Pokie Review

dragon-dance-slot-logoMicrogaming’s new release is based in the Chinese New Year, the ancient celebration is also known as Spring Festival in China and its China’s most important traditional festival. It is also the most important celebration for families, and a week of official public holiday.

One of the main attractions during the festival is the Dragon Dance, it is meant to scare away evil spirits. During the dance the performers hold poles and raise and lower the Dragon. In the chinese culture they see dragons as helpful, friendly creatures that are linked to good luck and wisdom. They are nothing like the fierce, fire-breathing Western dragons that carry off princesses and eat people.

The design of the game is not very impressive, the layout is quite generic and the symbols that appear on the reels are a combination of the traditional 9, 10, J, Q, K, A set of card plus some original designs that look a cartoonish for my taste, with a theme like this one they could have done a better job.


Microgaming is one of the leading companies of the industry, in fact they were the first company to ever produce video pokies  designed for computers. Founded in 1996 they have produce a large amount of popular games, like Thunderstruck II, Battlestar Galactica and League of Fortune.

How To Play It

Most of the interactions players will have with the game will take place on the bottom of the screen, in there players will find the following options from left to right: a display with your balance, the option to set the value of your bet, a display that shows your last win, the autoplay button and the traditional spin button.

Players will have the chance to use a cool feature presented in this game, on the bottom of each reel they will find something called respin button, I will explain how it works in the next section.

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Special Features

The one new feature that Microgaming developed for the first two games they released this year, Dragon Dance and Bikini Party, is pretty awesome.

It is called respin, as mentioned before a respin button is located at the bottom of every reel, players will get the chance to use it after every regular spin if they did not get a combination but were close to doing so, every respin is worth a different amount of coins that depends on your chances of getting a good combination, the better your chances of landing a profitable combination the more expensive the respin will be.

Dragon Dance brings two more special features, the Fireworks scatter symbol is the first one, it is used to obtain 15 free spins when getting three or more scatter symbols in a combination, they will also triple the award of the spin they appeared on. The second one is the wild symbol, it works much like a blank Scrabble piece; mimicking the symbols closest to it to create a win.

Maximum Payout

In this game you can get up to 4,000 times what your bet was worth, it is not impressive but not bad either. Take into consideration that the jackpot triples in free spin mode, reason enough to get excited every time you get three scatter symbols.


When reviewing a game by Microgaming one expects the best quality, and that is something I did not find in Dragon Dance, the design of the aesthetics of game was mediocre, the feature are interesting but having played Bikini Party before this game I did not find them that entertaining. If after reading this you are considering trying it out there are a couple of free trials available online.

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