Thu, Nov 1, 3:33am by Noah Taylor
Last Updated Mon, Oct 7, 11:35pm
Reveal Matching Symbols in this Asian Themed Dragon Link Slot
Judging by the ornate porcelain vase among the winning symbols, the Golden Century featured in this pokie involved the China’s Ming Dynasty. This dynasty ruled China between 1368 and 1644, a time when urbanisation and prosperity were on the increase.
There is a lot more to this pokie than valuable vases. Golden Century pokies are part of the range of games in the Dragon link range and can also be found in Dragon Cash format. The main attraction of all these games is the Hold N Spin feature, which includes a shot at some progressive jackpots.
Here is what to expect from the Asian themed Golden Century Dragon Link pokies:
The Hold N Spin system was pioneered by Aristocrat, and has proven to be hugely popular. You can win some significant cash hits with this – as well as up to 4 progressive jackpots. Whether those jackpots are stand alone or shared between multiple slots will depend on whether you choose the Dragon Link, or Dragon Cash (stand-alone) versions.
To trigger this feature, you will need to hit 6 of the glowing balls showing cash or jackpot amounts in a single spin. This triggers an amazing animation. The whole tall screen gets instantly engulfed in dramatic flames.
When the smoke clears, the reels will look different.
Instead of the usual mix of symbols, the flaming balls are the only ones visible. You will see a message above the reels counting down from 3 free spins. You need to collect as many cash awards as possible, with your spins being reset to 3 every time a new one appears.
You can win mini, minor or major jackpots by getting a ball with this written on it on the reels. To win the biggest jackpot – the grand – you need to cover all the spaces in balls before your spins go to zero.
A flag is used as the scatter symbol in the Golden Century pokies. You need a minimum of 3 to trigger the free games. You will also win a scatter prize for 3+ anywhere on the reels.
You only get 6 free spins – though these are certainly worth hitting. A new symbol appears in long strips on the reels, often covering multiple reels. This shows an ornate doorway. When it opens it will reveal the same symbol in every spot. If this matches with the regular symbols (or is wild) you can win big over most or even all of the win-lines.
These doors can also reveal the glowing balls used in the Hold and Spin feature. Finally, if you get 3+ of the flag scatters, you’ll get 3 more free spins.
Like all the Dragon Link / Cash games, you get a choice of denomination. You can change this at any time, simply by hitting the coin size icon on the bottom right of your screen. Choices range from 1c up to $2 in some casinos. You can choose from 25 or 50 win-lines (fewer for the very big denominations).
You’ll be able to play Golden Century Dragon Link in these states: NSW + Capital, Queensland, Victoria and Northern Territory. The ‘Cash’ version is available in the same states, plus Southern Australia.
Regular line wins are helped by emperor Ming. This is the wild symbol, substituting for the regular winning symbols (as usual, not the scatters or the Hold and Spin balls). Other higher paying symbols include the distinctive vase, statues from the terracotta army, two traditionally costumed ladies and a chest full of gold.
I’d rate this pokie as smart, without standing out. The emperor takes pride of place – glaring from the screen above the reels. There are some entertaining animations, including when Ming strokes his pointy beard after a win.
The best animations are those shared by the other Link slots. That flaming effect, plus flames shooting up from your prizes when you complete the Hold N Spin bonus, are both worth seeing.
A solid addition to the Dragon Link family – Golden Century takes a unique Asian theme and adds some familiar features. With big progressives available, you’ll only ever be a spin away from a huge prize. In the meantime, wilds in the base game and the free spins with ‘reveal’ symbols are sure to keep your bankroll topped up.