With a long snout and solid gold scales, there is little doubt that the dragon in this Ainsworth pokie has a traditional Asian style. When you win with this wild dragon, fire-cracker sounds are triggered. Add to this red envelopes, coins and plenty of ‘8’s’ and you have a solid, enjoyable Asian themed pokie.
It is not the sharp graphics and animations which help this slot game stand out. It is the way that you can win additional (and very profitable) bonus features via the free spins round. While one ‘nested bonus’ is not that unusual – this game has two. If you get lucking in the ‘Super Choice’ games, you’ll be given an additional ‘Ultimate Choice’ bonus.
Here are the highlights of this high variance pokie:
Scatter symbols look like a cross between a doorway and a lantern. The pay table of Prosperity Dragon simply refers to them as ‘pattern’. You can win 8, 12 or 20 free spins with 3, 4 or 5 anywhere in view – along with scatter prizes.
You get 2 advantages with the free spins. First, the dragon wild stacks move. These are on reels 3 through 5 in the base game. Wild reels are always welcome, though this is not the best place on the reels to put them. It is hard to connect many wins, even when you get 2 or 3 completely wild reels in those positions.
During the free spins, the dragons appear on reels 1, 3 and 5 instead. This gives you a lot of winning opportunities. You also get a stacked ‘coin’ symbol, which appears often enough to link up with the wilds.
Even better, there are star symbols, which say ‘Super Choice’. These appear on the middle 3 reels and are also wild. If you get all 3, then you trigger an additional bonus feature which starts when your current one ends.
If you did trigger ‘Super Choice’, then you get a screen with 3 options when your regular bonus spins end. These are 10 extra spins with gold star symbols replacing 3 top symbols, 8 spins with gold stars replacing 4 top symbols, or 5 spins with 5 top symbols replaced. All these spins have a 2x win multiplier, and the replacement stars (which are wild) only appear on reels 2, 3 and 4.
Those stars say ‘Ultimate Choice’ as well as being wild. If you get 3 on any spin, you get yet another pick of a bonus round following these free spins. Ultimate Choice free spins have a 3x win multiplier. The number of wild gold stars and the number of free spins is the same as for the picks game above.
All in all, how much prosperity the dragon offers will depend on whether you get to level 1, 2 or 3 within the free spins!
100 win-lines give plenty of room for those extra wilds to create winning combinations. These cross a 5×3 grid. You can adjust the number of win-lines if you wish. Bet multipliers of up to 5x are possible.
Dragons replace other symbols, though dragon-only wins are not possible. Your biggest hits will come from a glowing golden ingot. This is followed by a golden yin yang symbol, envelope with 8’s on it, a gold peach and engraved lump of jade.
While the graphics are sharp, there is little to distinguish this game from the 100’s of other Asian style pokies on casino floors. With classic gold and red colouring, and classic symbols appearing on the reels, Ainsworth’s usual high production is in effect.
The dragon is the highlight, it becomes animated when involved in a win. I also like the yin yang symbol. The gold and black design is unique to this pokie.
If you are lucky enough to hit all 3 levels of the free spins bonus, then this pokie has plenty of potential. Many of the game play elements like shifting wild reels have been used on other titles. What is unique is the super choice and ultimate choice combinations – which you can only get to via the free spins bonus. When you trigger these, you get a choice (and win multiplier!), do you go for more free spins, or more wilds!