Mon, Dec 24, 4:06am by William Brown
Last Updated Tue, Jun 9, 7:50am
There are now 8 pokies in the Dragon Link range. These all have rich Asian themes. They share special effects and jackpots – along with the popular hold and spin bonus feature. The individual titles each have unique winning symbols and bonus features.
You can win progressive jackpots in Dragon Link pokies. The biggest of these is linked between all the games in a casino. Smaller progressives and jackpot bonuses are machine specific. Free spins features are varied enough to keep these pokies fresh. They include giant symbols, reveal symbols, expanding wilds and more.
Here is the list of current Dragon Link pokies:
Dragon Link pokies are still a big attraction in live casinos. They have not yet made the transition to online casinos – either for real money or for free. If you are a fan of classic Aristocrat pokies, then you’ll find a good selection online for free. These include some of the most popular games like 5 Dragons and Buffalo.
Once you have chosen your Dragon Link pokie title, you’ll need to choose how much to spin for. These pokies give you a flexible setup for both your coin size and the number of win-lines. At the smallest coin sizes, there is a minimum of 50 win-lines. As you climb through the denominations, you can play for fewer lines. Bets range between 50c (1c coins and 50 lines), to $10 ($2 coin size and 5 lines).
As you change the coin size, the mini and minor jackpots will also change.
Each game will have wild symbols. These are often the main characters in the theme. For example, Buddha is the wild in Happy and Prosperous, and the Panda takes the role in Panda Magic. Wilds appear on the last 4 reels. They can be stacked, sometimes covering one or more reels completely.
As well as the higher paying unique symbols, all Dragon Link pokies use playing cards for the smaller wins.
It is the hold and spin bonus which made the Dragon Link pokies a huge success. This feature was brand new when the first titles were released. It has since been copied and expanded on by many different pokie makers. The hold and spin bonus is the main way to unlock the progressive jackpot prizes. These can also be won at random on any spin.
Each game will have its own free spins bonus. The ideas for these are shared with the Lightning Link pokies range. They include expanding wilds, richer reels and reveal symbols.
Fireballs are a welcome sight on the reels of Dragon Link pokies. They look like small suns, with flames flickering around them. Each one contains either a number or the name of one of the three smaller jackpots.
If you get 5 or under on a spin, nothing happens. If you get 6, then the reels are covered in flames – and you’ll begin the exciting hold and spin bonus. This only uses fireball symbols. Your objective is to fill as much of the reels with these symbols as possible.
You get 3 spins to do this, with that number resetting to 3 every time you hit a new ball. They land with a crash. You win the prize on every ball you hit. If they show numbers, this is based on your coin size. Jackpots can be won multiple times.
The biggest (Grand) jackpot is won by filling in all 15 spots on the reels with fireballs.
When you run out of spins, gongs sound as each fireball is collected. Your total win is shown increasing above the reels, surrounded by spiralling flames.
Each game has a different free spins bonus. These are triggered by 3+ unique bonus symbols. You’ll also get a scatter prize.
Here are the different bonus features:
• Panda Magic: 6 free spins with lower-paying playing card symbols removed from the reels.
• Peacock Princess: 6 free spins with giant symbols covering a 3×3 block in the middle reel.
• Autumn Moon: 6 free spins with reveal symbols, which all change to the same symbol when they open.
• Happy and Prosperous: 6 free spins with the lower-paying card symbols removed from the reels.
• Spring Festival: 6 free spins with giant symbols (middle 3 reels merged into one giant symbol).
• Golden Century: 6 Free spins with reveal symbols that show identical symbols (picked at random) after each spin.
• Genghis Khan: 6 free spins with 2x wild symbols (which work together) on reels 2 through 5.
• Peace and Long Life: 6 free spins with the 2x wilds on reels 2 through 5, making 16x wins possible.
All games allow for retriggers, usually for smaller numbers of spins. You can also trigger the hold and spin bonus via the free spins.
No, these games have not yet made it to online casinos and are not available on the web in demo mode either. The only place you can play them is in live casinos throughout Australia and around the world. Aristocrat has a great track record of transitioning their pokies online – so hopefully the Dragon Link games will appear for real money at online casinos soon.
Each game has a different appeal – deciding on which is best subjective. There are quirky animations to enjoy, though the main difference is in the free spins bonus games. Try them all, and see if multiplier wilds, reveal symbols, giant symbols on the middle reel or reels without the lower-paying symbols works best for you.
There are two ways to win progressive jackpots. The most common way is via the hold and spin bonus feature. The mini, major and minor jackpots can show up on balls (potentially more than once each). To win the grand this way, you’ll need to fill the reels with balls. This can happen at any bet size – though your chances increase along with the amount you spin for.
The second way to win jackpots is completely at random. All Dragon Link and Lightning Link pokies can pay progressives after any spin that includes at least one special (hold and spin) symbol.
Wild symbols feature in the base games of all the Dragon Link games. While they can appear stacked (covering all 3 spots on a reel), they don’t expand or have win multipliers. You can also get scatter prizes in the base game for 3+ bonus symbols.