Aussie software creator Ainsworth is the latest slot developer to take a trip to Asia, this time in Dragon Lines. It’s a fast-paced, 5 reel, 100 payline title that comes with a free spins bonus round. Play this Chinese themed slot from between £1 and £75 per spin.
Visually, Dragon Lines is very nicely put together – set against a deep red backdrop, the reels include symbols of fire crackers, drums and lanterns, gold coins and ingots. Five of the latter in a single payline will get you a payout of 1,000 coins. The standard high value symbols are joined by playing cards from A to 9. The dragon symbol is the wild. It only appears on the middle 3 reels and substitutes for all other symbols with the exception of the scatter.
The scatter is the yin and yang symbol – land 3 of these anywhere on the reels and you’ll win a payout of double your total stake. Four scatters and it’s 10x. Land five and you’ll pocket a payout of 100 times your total bet. In all three instances, you’ll also trigger Dragon Lines’ only feature, the Free Games feature.
Once active, you’ll be awarded an initial 10 free spins on a new set of reels – land 3 or more scatters during the bonus round and you’ll re-trigger more free games in chunks of 5 at a time. The wild dragon is stacked during the bonus round and can appear simultaneously on reels 2, 3 and 4 during the feature. And that’s pretty much it.
The visuals in Dragon Lines are bold, bright and easy on the eye – the soundtrack is equally basic and doesn’t really match the Chinese theme, in the base game at least. It’s catchy enough though. Ainsworth has kept things simple both in terms of features and imagery. The base game rattles along though thanks to the 100 payline game engine and the free spins can deliver some decent wins.
Truth be told though, we found Dragon Lines a little dull for long stretches – the variance seems on the high side but when you do find the stacked wilds in the free spins round it can make up for any lean spells that lead up to it. It’s not overstocked on the features front but get lucky with the wilds and these dragons can delight. If you like Asian-themed slots, Aristocrat’s Choy Sun Doa is very good as to is Koi Princess by Net Entertainment.