Regardless of how well-received their games are by casual players, many game developers hope that they will be a hit with the casino community, winning the hearts of those discerning hard-core gamblers and experiencing the joy of watching their game age like a fine wine, gradually morphing from hit to classic. Developers need to be in tune with the needs of that population and conversant in all the newest trends for anything like that to be possible. If you can win them over with your game, you know you’ve got something great.
iSoftBet is still under development. They’ve never really connected with this demographic, with a few notable exceptions (like Paranormal Activity). However, that may soon alter. Stock value is almost certain to rise now that they have hired additional manufacturers and received a Megaways license.
Dragon Stone is the name of a new slot from iSoftBet, and also the first one from this supplier to be featured on Bigwinboard. It uses a Game of Thrones theme and is played on a 5-reel, 20-payline game engine. Dragons will scream, breathe fire and ice, and provide a plethora of bonuses, including four basic game features that can occur at any time and four types of free spins. You may start playing on any device for as low as 0.20 up to €/$20 per spin.
Dragon Stone has stunning visuals with plenty of detail. The reels are housed within a dragon’s nest with a stunning mountain backdrop, transporting players to the ancient homeland of the dragons. The audio, given by a grand symphonic tune, and the occasional huge dragon roars, provide for an amazing gaming experience. There are four separate high-paying dragons with the standard high card values of 10, J, Q, K, and A on the dragon-scale reels. Five of these fiery dragons on an active payline will return 25 times your original wager. A wild symbol, equal in value to the fire-dragon, can replace any icon apart from the scatter to increase your chances of winning.
Features of iSoftBet’s Dragon Stone
The Elemental Power Spins feature in Dragon Stone is comprised of four base game modifications that can appear at random. The “O” in the logo above the reels will begin flashing and then settle on one of the four colors that correspond to the four dragons when the feature is enabled. Here’s what’s on the table:
Wilds in Flames (red): The Fire Dragon will spit fireballs, awarding a number of Wilds in Flames at random.
In the blue Ice Storm Spins bonus round, the dragon made of ice will freeze winning symbols in place and provide further spins if additional winning symbols are added during the initial spin.
Green Earthquake Reels occur when the Earth Dragon throws boulders up from the ground, making a full reel crazy.
Purple Winds of Winning triggers a random number of mystery symbols to replace anywhere from 3 to 15 regular symbols.
If you’re feeling the pressure, getting 10, 15, or 20 free spins by landing 3, 4, or 5 dragon stone scatter symbols anywhere on the reels will do the trick. Once in, one of the four elemental powers indicated above will be randomly picked and trigger with an enhanced frequency.
iSoftBet’s Dragon Stone: The Verdict
Dragon Stone has a lot going for it. The game’s mods are already included to keep things from becoming stale in the core experience. There are also some psychological tricks added as well, such as the big dragon shadow passing over the reels or the dragon stone “O” that will periodically deceive you into believing it’s going to activate. There is no real purpose to any of this, but it does its job of making the game feel more hectic than it actually is.
Dragon Stone’s surface is where most of its amazing features are on display. The game’s visual style and audio are both top-notch. However, mathematically, we are not as impressed. This slot has a medium level of volatility, with a maximum win of 698 times your initial wager. At times, the game felt really harsh, more in the vein of a high volatility title. Furthermore, it appears that the majority of randomly triggered modifiers involve lower-value symbols, which might become monotonous after a time and cause you to give up hope of winning more than 20x your wager.
Despite certain issues, Dragon Stone is still an interesting slot that comes out on top. However, it will earn a lot of admirers among those who are searching for something new and exciting to keep them occupied, despite the volatility and potential being too low to appeal to hard-core gamblers who normally appreciate the excitement of chasing large hits.