Dragon’s Pearl is a 5 reel, 20 payline slot from Novomatic that can be played from 40p to £30 per spin across desktop, mobile and tablet devices. This Chinese themed game is about a dragon who has a head of a water buffalo, body of a giant snake and teeth of a lion! Join the wise samurai in search for the huge pearl who is guarded by the fire-breathing dragon for huge fortunes.

Visually, it’s typically Chinese with dragons overlooking both sides of the reel set. Symbols on the reels include traditional Chinese artefacts like parchments, bells, warriors and jewel boxes as well as standard playing cards. The fire-breathing dragon also appears and is the most lucrative symbol giving you 100 times your stake for 5 on a payline.

The wild symbol is the Golden Egg and replaces any symbol in the game except the bonus symbol. Look out for the Dragon’s Pearl which is the scatter – when the Golden Egg acts as substitute for the scatter, you can benefit from a win of 2 to 3 times what you’d normally win – 3 scatters can give you 6 times your stake when it becomes a triple gong whilst 4 scatters will give you 30 times your stake. If you’re lucky enough to get 5, you will win 75 times your stake.

Represented by the Gong, the bonus symbol will only show up on reels 1, 2 and 3. When it does appear simultaneously on all these 3 reels, you will trigger the Free Games feature. Once in the feature, you will receive 10 free spins with all wins subject to a 3x multiplier. You can also retrigger the feature, with 3 scatters, giving you an extra 10 free spins and 20 in total.

Visually, Dragon’s Pearl is quite good for a Novomatic slot but still doesn’t come close to offerings from Yggdrasil Gaming or WMS. However, the gameplay is superb and is a medium to high variance game with potential for huge wins in the feature.

It is rather simple but your bigger wins will come with the wild substituting scatter payouts and obviously the 3x multiplier in the Free games feature. If you like dragons though, Yggdrasil Gaming’s Double Dragons and Microgaming’s Dragonz are recommended.