Dragon-themed slots are all the rage at the moment with Pariplay the latest developer to create a game based on the fire-breathing creatures. Dragons of the North is a 5 reel, 50 payline slot that comes with plenty of extras including added cash and multiplier prizes, free spins and 4 jackpot prizes. Play on all devices from between 50p and £25 per spin.

A dragon kingdom that wouldn’t look out of place in Game of Thrones forms the backdrop to the action here. On the reels you’ll find A to 10 royal values as well as a quartet of higher paying dragons. The best of these is the red dragon which pays 10 times your stake if you land 5 on a payline. There are also wilds that appear in stacked formation. Land 5 of these on a payline and you’ll pocket a 20 times stake award. Wilds can also nudge up or down.

Above each of the 5 reels you’ll see a meter. What’s in these meters changes with each spin. You’ll find cash values, free spins and jackpots. Known as the Dragon Egg feature, a dragon egg can float onto the reels on any spin. This can provide a multiplier boost of 2x, 5x or 10x to any cash values in the meters above the reels. Land a Dragon Egg symbol on the reels and it acts as a wild. It also triggers any prize that is in the meter directly above it. Here are the awards on offer:

  • Cash Prize – an instant win is awarded.
  • Free Spins feature – you’ll receive 10 free spins here. The prizes above reels 2 and 4 are unlocked throughout this round. Landing eggs on reels 1, 3 and 5 adds another 2 free spins to your tally.
  • Jackpot Wheel feature – once triggered, you’ll spin the Bonus Wheel. The Mini, Minor, Major or Grand Jackpots deliver a payout of 15, 35, 250 or 1,000 times your stake.

There’s a suitably dark and oppressive feel to the visuals here which are complemented by a brooding backing track. It comes together rather well. The features are pretty standard. How you trigger them isn’t though. You can see some big numbers spinning around the meters above the reels which can lead to some pretty tense moments when you’ll be hoping to land a dragon egg.

Medium variance, you can win 1,000 times your stake from the Jackpot Wheel feature – you can also win 1,000 times your stake on each spin/free spin if you fill the reels with wilds. The fantasy theme remains enduringly popular. If you’re a fan, then Dragons of the North should pique your interest. If it’s dragons you’re after, Play ‘N Go’s Dragon Maiden and Dragon Champions from Playtech should do the trick.