As I previously and somewhat grudgingly admitted, I got a bit confused when I saw Aristocrat had released their land-based 5 Dragons slot online because never having come across it before, I assumed it was a cut-down version of the 50 Dragons game. Clearly it isn't! It's actually a 243 ways to win slot game ("Reel Power" as they call it) with a bonus feature reminiscent of the Lucky 88 slot or the Queen Of The Nile 2 title, two other popular Aristocrat pokies from the famous Aussie slot developer.
The free spin feature in 5 Dragons is one of those that is triggered by getting the bonus symbols anywhere in view on reels 1, 2 and 3 which isn't my favourite concept as I prefer the "scatters anywhere" approach. But that's similar to both 50 Dragons and 50 Lions to be fair.
As in the aforementioned slots QOTN 2 and Lucky 88 (both of which are available online) you then get to pick how many spins you want with the possibility of 3 different multipliers on each winning spin when a "wild" symbol is present in the winning combination. You can go "low risk" and opt for 25 free spins with a 2x, 3x or 5x multiplier (random on each spin) or at the other end of the scale you could go for just 10 free spins with 10x, 15x or 30x multipliers.
What this is effectively doing is allowing the player to set the risk level (often referred to as "volatility" or "variance") that they are most comfortable with. Obviously the fewer free spins you select, the lower your chances of a win but, if you hit, its likely to be much bigger. That's better if you have a decent bankroll but if not then at that level, 5 Dragons could eat your money faster than you can say "Arthur! Just kill the b*st*rd!".
Look I'll be honest, the 5 Dragons slot isn't my favourite but its horses for courses as with so many slots given the multitude of different types out there. Some players like the all-ways win combos and the chances of some huge hits in the feature so lining up scatters left-to-right isn't much of an issue. Personally, I prefer games like 50 Lions and 50 Dragons to the 5 Dragons slot game because of the stacked symbols but, that's just my preference.
5 Dragons Slot Rating
4.22 / 5
based on 50 player ratings