Mon, Dec 24, 4:15am by William Brown
Last Updated Mon, Oct 7, 11:30pm
Asian Dragons and Oversized Reels in this Classic Pokie
On first glance, you’d be forgiven for thinking this is just another in a long line of pokies from Aristocrat featuring Chinese dragons. While there is little unusual about the symbols and design, there are some great reasons to play. For starters, you’ll find 6 reels instead of the usual 5. When the bonus feature kicks in, two of those reels will be completely wild for each spin.
Key Reasons to Raid the Dragon’s Vault
Every dragon has a horde of gold, and here is how you can get your hands on some if it via this poker machine:
Gold coins are a popular choice for Aristocrat for initiating bonus games. This time they have a Chinese design – complete with a square hole in the middle. You need 3 of these to trigger the free spins game. Gold coins also give you scatter wins, which can give your bankroll a boost (especially when you get 5 or 6 of them).
You’ll see a screen showing two of the Chinese dragons on the left, and a message saying that these will be appearing on every spin on the right.
There is a change of colour, with the reels now having a blue background. Other than that, the key difference is the appearance of two wild reels each time you spin. There are still stacked dragon symbols on the other reels. The dream scenario is to combine these with the wild reels – hopefully with some of the higher paying symbols.
You can retrigger this bonus with just 2 more coins – though you’ll get more spins for 3+.
With 6 reels in play, there are a lot of winning possibilities. Before you spin, you can select from some pre-set win-line options. It is possible to play just one line (though that would not take advantage of the stacked wilds). You can also choose 5, 10, 20, 30 or 50. Taking the maximum number of win-lines does boost the benefits of the bonus feature. I recommend you lower your coin size and play all 50.
Bets start at just 1c per line, with maximum spins depending on the casino – usually topping out at $10.
Two different dragon symbols share the top prize. One has a blue background and the other green. These are designed with golden trim. Lining up 6 of a kind will get you 3,000 coins.
The remaining unique symbols are also paired. There is an ornate oriental design box and a bunch of red and gold fire-crackers next on the list. These will get you 500 coins for 5. A traditional Chinese lantern, and a pink and gold fan complete the line-up at 400 coins max.
Playing cards (without any on-theme designs) make up the smaller wins.
Note that the wilds do not have a separate prize – instead matching the top prize of the two dragons.
While Dragon’s Vault is not a stand-out pokie compared to many Aristocrat titles. The design is smart and the aminations effective. Above the reels you will see a mountain range, complete with traditional pagodas. The top part of the cabinet shows the pays, with the large golden logo catching your eye.
Having 6 reels does give this pokie a distinctive look. On the reels the symbols are smart, though not as detailed as on more recent Asian slot titles. When the stacked dragon wilds hit, they come to life. These start out in side profile, then turn to face you when involved in a win. If there was any doubt they are wild – the world ‘wild’ appears over any winning combination.
During the free spins game, the two wild stacks appear while the other reels are still spinning. You’ll be hoping they appear to the left – where there is the best chance of connecting winning combinations.
Without the 6th reel, this would be a standard Aristocrat Asian style game. That extra reel gives this pokie a distinctive look – and adds an element of interest to the game-play. If you hit the free spins, those two wild reels can make a huge difference to your chances of connecting multiple win-lines.