Thu, Aug 29, 7:22pm by Noah Taylor
Last Updated Sat, Oct 5, 4:08am
You never get to see all of the dragon in this RTG pokie. Instead, its bright red claw plays a prominent role. This holds a glowing white orb in its 3-pronged talon. Overall, Dragon Orb from RTG has an Asian feel. The background scenery is dark, and the music gives the game an intense feel. Symbols are detailed, with the setup designed to work perfectly on your mobile phones as well as desktops.
Respins with wild reels are the key feature. A single wild can quickly multiply, giving you wins from both directions on all 10 win-lines. There is also a random jackpot. Here are the main features of Dragon Orb to get your claws into:
Games designed for mobile phone play benefit from simple features. The wild respins feature on RTG’s Dragon Orb manages to combine simple game play with plenty of big win potential.
Wins in this game go from both directions, which give wild reels extra value. When you get a single dragon claw symbol, it will expand – covering all 3 spots on the reel. Wins are then calculated, before you get a free respin. Usually, extra wins from the second spin are all you get. Sometimes, you get an extra claw, which also expands. This is where the big-win potential comes in. If you are lucky enough to get the 3rd claw, covering the entire middle 3 reels wild wilds, then some huge wins are coming your way.
There is no second screen bonus or free spins bonus game for Dragon Orb, this simple pokie is all about those wild respins.
RTG are known for their random jackpots. Some are huge, though the one on Dragon Orb is listed as a ‘minor’ prize (several hundred dollars).
Winning this is separated from the play of the main game. It is won completely at random, and can drop after any spin, win or lose. There is no requirement to bet the max (or above a specified amount) to win this prize. It can be won at all stake levels, with the chances of it dropping in proportion to your bet size.
RealTime Gaming took the unusual route of using just 10 win-lines over the 5×3 grid of Dragon Orb. This smaller number is boosted by having the wins go in both directions. Note that 5 of a kind wins are only paid once. This does mean you’ll be betting more (on average) per line than on newer games.
Claw / orb symbols only cover the middle 3 reels, and so can’t trigger prizes of their own. The biggest wins come with an impressive statue of an Asian dragon. This is worth 250 coins for the maximum 5. A glowing lotus flower, and pagoda with a pile of gold (presumably the property of the dragon) come next on the pay table. A vase, candle, and scroll complete the winning symbols.
With relatively few symbols – and those that are on the reels stacked – wins are frequent on Dragon Orb. This balances the relatively smaller size of those wins.
Behind the reels of Dragon Orb is an idyllic Asian scene. This shows rocks, striking trees and a pond beneath containing koi carp. There is movement, with sparkles, fireflies and steam all subtly moving inside this scene.
Symbols showing the claw and orb are stunning. The glow of the orb contrasts with the overall dark look of the game. The other symbols are also drawn in a lot of detail, the dragon and lotus flower stand out.
While you spin, intense music plays. This has an Asian feel and would not be out of place in a battle scene in a movie.
Beautiful production and solid game play make Dragon Orb a must-play for mobile pokie fans. In contrast to all those cartoon-like games around these days, this pokie is dark, atmospheric and intense. Respins are common, and when you do get additional wild reels, it is possible to trigger all 10 win-lines at once. With a random (minor) jackpot adding some extra interest to the game, there is plenty more than just a stunning design for this title.