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3,888 Ways of the Dragon
3,888 Ways of the Dragon from iSoftBet is a medium to high variance Chinese themed video slot with colourful and vibrant HD visuals.
As the name implies it features 5 reels and a game engine of 3,888 ways, the name is kinda ingenious because the number ‘8’ in Chinese culture is viewed as an auspicious number associated with prosperity. To top it all the slots has three of them in its title which translates into triple fortune!
It comes with a jackpot of 12,960x your stake that can be won on a single spin, if we get into the good stuff it’s padded with a free spins bonus that awards up to 18 free spins with as much as 8 extra wilds and a Dragon Spins feature.
You’ll note that the first reel has 3 symbols on it whilst the remainder of the reels each have 6, lump all of them together you get 3,888 ways to score a win by combining matching symbols on adjacent reels. Bets can be made from £0.30 to £30 per spin on mobile phones or PCs.
Symbols on the reels are cards (clubs, spades, hearts, diamonds), lantern, gold ingot, tortoise, frog and magical dragon (wild). The symbol you want to see on the reels is the frog, 5 of them at the maximum bet pays 100 coins. 3,888 ways of the Dragon offers players an average return to player percentage that’s above 96.23%.
The wild symbol is the golden dragon winning combinations are formed when it substitutes symbols adjacent to it bar the scatter. Players can score anything from 2 to 8 wilds when it flies across the reels, land 8 wilds you’ll earn a spectacular win.
Three to four scatter icons trigger 8 to 18 free spins, also the animated dragon appears often during the free spins for the bigger wins.
We can’t blame iSoftBet for jumping on the Chinese-themed slots bandwagon, to say that they’re not popular with players and developers will be a lie. Despite the game ticking all the boxes it fails to tick one box namely the payout one. We landed 5 wilds during the free spins only to receive a disappointing win of 25x our stake. Maybe we missed something, the conclusion we came to is that the free spins feature is like someone trying to catch water in a sieve.
We can ramble on about the other stuff such as the audio, graphics and the 3,888 game engine, if the payouts are not up to scratch they become obsolete. However, there is a silver lining but only by a fraction, a full screen of frogs allows you to pocket the top cash prize of 12,960x your stake.
How many in-play bonus rounds does the slot machine have?
It has two: a Dragon Spins feature and Free Spins round. The former bonus is played when a random dragon pops up any time dragging extra wilds across your screen. The free spins round is triggered by 3 or 4 bonus scatters offering 8 to 18 free spins with extra wilds plus the Dragon bonus can be triggered during the free spins.
Of the bonus features which offer the best payouts?
By a country mile the free spins round is the most lucrative you can win as much as 12,960x your stake on a single free spin on condition you land a full screen of wilds as well. The free spins bonus can be triggered within 65 to 80 spins, the volatility is high so don’t expect to trigger the bonus after a few spins; it ain’t gonna happen.