Fri, May 24, 9:43pm by Mia Chapman
Last Updated Mon, Oct 7, 11:24pm
Dragons (even pairs of them) are common enough on Asian themed pokies. Not many dragons are as golden or glittering as the ones above the reels of Double Dragon pokies from Bally. With distinctive Asian looks, these dragons are ready to share their hordes of gold with lucky winners. On the reels you’ll find a lot of cliched ideas. These include koi carp, golden coins and yin yang symbols.
While this is a solid pokie, and certainly not an overly complex one, there are some unusual aspects to the game play. This starts with the non-standard win-lines setup. You will also find expanding wild symbols, which come with a respin feature. As you’ll see there are more than two reasons to check out the Double Dragon pokies from Bally!
Yin Yang symbols which have both of the host gold dragons on them are what you’ll want to see on the reels. These are wild symbols – they are special in two ways:
First, any dragon yin yang hitting will expand to fill all 3 rows on that reel. This alone can help to create extra winning combinations. If you are lucky enough to get more than one wild reel, the benefits can be big.
Second, the remaining reels will now spin again – at no extra cost to you. The worst outcome is no extra wilds, though there are often extra wins involved (you still have a wild reel after all). If you are lucky enough to get one or more extra wild symbols, then things get interesting fast.
Now you have 2+ wild reels, and yet another free respin to improve your returns. Again, another wild will see this continue. It is possible to get all 5 reels completely wild from this seemingly simple respin feature.
There are pokies from other studios which have wins going from right to left as well as the standard left to right. For Bally, this is a rare occurrence. There are 25 win-lines going each way, though note that you will only get paid for a 5 of a kind win once.
When you tie this in with the expanding wild respins, you’ll find it can add to your wins. There are a lot of combinations of two wild reels which will guarantee 25 wins in at least one direction. In fact, there are more ‘sure win’ 2-reel combinations than there are uncertain ones.
You bet just 25c per spin and up in 25c increments to cover the win-lines in both directions. The reels follow the standard 5×3 grid. If you are enjoying Double Dragon online, you’ll find an auto-play option which lets you sit back and enjoy the show.
The lack of playing card or other ‘filler’ type symbols makes a refreshing change. You will find a lot of Asian standards in their place. These include fans, coins with square holes joined by a ribbon, koi carp and bright pink lotus flowers. Other than the wilds, the best prizes will come from symbols with green red frames.
Double Dragon has a different colour scheme to most Asian themed gambling machines. This is blue and gold, instead of the traditional red. The two dragons above the golden yin yang at the top of the reels are impressively detailed. The back of the reels is a beige colour, looking like the parchment of an ancient scroll.
I like the level of detail in the symbols, though the lack of animations when they are involved in wins is a minor drawback. When the wild dragons expand and the respins kick in, Double Dragon does make up for this. Overall, this is a smart and solidly produced design – without having that ‘wow factor’ or more recent games like Fu Yang.
I’d recommend this pokie when you want to relax, rather than for multiple exciting features. The dragons sparkle above the reels, though the action on those reels is sedate compared to similar designs. Having wins go from right to left (as well as the usual left to right) is welcome – though this does take a few spins to get used to. The main attraction is the wild respins feature. If you are lucky enough to get 3+ reels wild, then some dragon’s gold could be coming your way.