Celebrate all things Chinese in Double Dragon, a 5 reel, 25 payline video slot from Bally Technologies. Not to be confused with the classic Sega beat ’em up arcade game of the same name, this beautifully illustrated slot comes with stacked wilds and re-spins which offer some big payout opportunities. Enjoy a taste of the orient from between 25p and £500 per spin.
Double Dragon comes with a strong Asian theme which is reflected in the symbols on show on the reels. Look out for koi fish, gold ingots, jade stones, lucky coins, ancient scrolls, lotus flowers, double luck Chinese characters, lanterns, fans and firecrackers. The koi is the biggest paying standard symbol, offering 250 times your line bet if you find 5 in a payline.
The double dragon yin and yang symbol is the wild, substituting for all other symbols. It too offers 250 times your line bet if you find a five symbol combination as well as much else beside.
The wild is a stacked wild, expanding to fill the entire reel and greatly enhancing your chances of hitting a winning combination. That’s not all though as the wild is the key to triggering the Dragon Wild feature.
Whenever the wild hits, you’ll be awarded a free spin with the stacked wild frozen in place. If the wild hits on the re-spin, it too will become frozen and you’ll be awarded another re-spin. The re-spins continue as long as a wild appears on that spin, up to a maximum of 4 respins. It’s possible to turn all 5 reels wild which can lead to some truly spectacular payouts.
Double Dragon is a little different to the standard offerings created by Bally – the imagery is better than most for starters, complete with a catchy soundtrack that has just a hint of an oriental flavour. The bonus feature is certainly limited compared to most slots but keeping things simple works in this case.
The expanding wilds with the re-spin are a good addition and can produce some impressive results. The win both ways technology, which offers payouts from right to left as well as left to right, keeps the action flowing at a decent pace too.
Double Dragon’s mix of sleek looks, re-spins and expanding wilds make it a worthy addition to this already crowded genre. However, I highly recommend 50 Dragons and Choy Sun Doa (both by Aristocrat) which have similar themes and are land based classics.