Tue, Oct 16, 4:59am by William Brown
Last Updated Fri, May 15, 4:21am
Dragon Link pokies take the popular hold and spin bonus format – and match them with beautifully produced Asian themes. Spring Festival takes some classic elements from this popular holiday including firecrackers, drums and red lanterns.
There is an older slot with the same name. That one looks like an early attempt at the 5 Dragons style of pokie. This review is focused on the new Dragon Link Spring Festival. It is a live casino slot with progressive jackpots, a ‘giant symbols’ free spins feature and stacked wild symbols.
Like all Dragon Link pokies, you have a wide choice of coin sizes and win-lines. This will allow you to set up your real money spins in a way that suits you best. Two of the jackpot bonuses go up alongside your coin size – though the Grand and Major progressives can be won at any denomination.
The popular Dragon Link slots including Spring Festival, Golden Century, Panda Magic and Happy and Prosperous have not yet made the transition from the casino floor to online casinos.
If you are a fan of Aristocrat’s Asian themed titles, then there are several available to play for free online. You’ll find demo versions of classics including 5 Dragons, 50 Dragons and Choy Sun Dao.
This game has a spin amount for every possible slot bankroll. You can spin from just 50c, all the way up to $10. The price of your spin depends on your coin size, and how many win-lines you choose.
Denominations are 1c, 2c, 5c, 10c, $1 and $2. Your choice of win-lines changes as you climb the denominations. At $1+ you can choose 5. At 5c+ this is 25+ lines and at 2c and under you’ll need to play the maximum 50 lines.
A guy in traditional Asian costume that literally throws out money from a bowl is the wild symbol for Spring Festival. This appears on reels 2 through 5. It will often cover entire reels – enabling multiple wins. High paying unique symbols for this game are the drums, firecrackers, lanterns and red envelopes.
While playing card letters and numbers are used for the smaller wins, aces are noticeably absent on all Dragon Link pokies.
There are two special symbols. First is a sparkling golden ingot. This triggers the free spins bonus. Second are the fireballs found on all Dragon Link pokies.
Ingots are needed to trigger the free spins. These symbols have scatter prizes, making it worth getting more than the minimum 3 needed to trigger this feature. If you get all 5 on the triggering spin, you’ll start the bonus with an award of 100x your triggering bet.
It is possible to trigger the hold and spin bonus in two ways. First, you can hit 6+ of the fireball symbols in the base game. Second, you can hit a giant fireball symbol during the free spins bonus. Progressive jackpots are usually won via the hold and spin feature.
Spring Festival does not feature any multipliers, expanding wilds or other added features during the base game.
If you have enjoyed Dragon Link or Lightning Link pokies before, then you may have come across the free spins variation that uses giant symbols. Here the middle 3 reels merge into one giant reel. Each spin sees a huge 3×3 symbol appear in the middle of this.
You won’t always match this symbol with those on the normal reels either side. When you do, it is possible to trigger all the win-lines at once (especially with a wild).
There are 6 free spins to start this feature. Hitting an Ingot symbol will add 3 to this total. Hitting a fireball symbol will start the hold and spin feature.
Hold and spin bonuses are found on all Dragon Link pokies. They come with spectacular animations, especially at the end as your wins are counted above the reels. You need 6 fireballs to trigger this feature. Once you do trigger it, the unique Spring Festival symbols will disappear – with only the fireball symbols involved.
Balls mostly show numbers. These need to be multiplied by your coin size (and any bet multiplier). For example, if you get a ball with 500 and you are playing at 5c denomination, you win $25 from that ball. Other balls have the name of the 3 smaller jackpots (mini, minor and major) on them.
You get 3 respins to get extra balls. Any time a new ball does appear, you start fresh with 3 more respins. This bonus will last until you run out of spins, or completely fill the reels with fireballs.
If you do fill the screen, you just won the biggest progressive jackpot – the Grand.
There are 4 jackpots on Spring Festival Dragon Link Pokies. These work in different ways. The most frequent way to win them is during the hold and spin bonus. They can also be won at random after any spin where at least one fireball appears.
No, this is a live casino slot only at the moment. With more and more Aristocrat games moving online, it will hopefully be available at online / mobile casinos at some point soon.
No, you can win the Grand and Major progressives at any bet size. Your chances of winning them increase in proportion to the amount you wager. The smaller jackpots change depending on how much you bet on each spin.
Graphics and animations are shared between all the Dragon Link range. These include the excellent flaming ball animations, plus animated symbols and Asian style sound effects. The main difference comes in the free spins bonuses. Spring Festival uses giant symbols for the bonus feature. Other Dragon Link pokies use richer reels (no filler symbols), reveal symbols or expanding wilds instead.