Summon a fiery dragon on an unusual set of slot reels from iSoftbet that is rooted in Asian mythology. As long as anyone can think back, dragons have been considered sacred creatures in Asian culture, symbolizing auspicious powers and good fortune. Lucky numbers are just as an important part with the number eight being the prevailing lucky number, while four is usually associated with death and bad luck.
The design team at iSoftbet has taken on the challenge to create a slot with an unusual but for Asian people auspicious 3,888 ways to win. Not a trace of a four can be found on the slot, not even in the pay table. But a very auspicious maximum win on a single spin that can exceed 10,000 time the stake.
The game has the standard five reels but to achieve the 3,888 ways it has three rows on reel one, extending to six rows on reels two to five. Summoning the dragon starts at 0.30 credits and goes up to 30 credits. A random Dragon Spin and a free spins round with eight or 18 free spins will provide the main entertainment on the slot. The RTP of this medium to high variance game is set at 96.23% . The game is in HTML5 format, making it available on desktop and mobile devices.
iSoftbet slot has executed the theme beautifully. Featuring bold and reach colours, a mountainous valley filled with waterfalls and traditional buildings can be seen in the background of the game window. Typical Asian icons and characters complete the theme. The majestic dragon looks spectacular when he randomly appears to fly past the reels and transforms up to eight reel positions into wild symbols.
3888 Ways Of The Dragon has 10 regular pay symbols. They start at the low level with four card suits in different colours – blue diamonds, purple clubs, red hearts and green spades. On the medium level, they are two different coins, showing numbers three and eight respectively. The premium symbols are in ascending order a lantern, a yuanbao or gold ingot, a turtle and a frog. The tiles of the premium symbols reflect the colours of the low-paying symbols. A golden dragon is the wild symbol while a round tile with two dragons is the bonus symbol.
The pays for a single five of a kind are rather low at 0.5 to 3.33 times the stake but they can land stacked which would lead to multiple way wins. A full screen of stacked frog symbols pays to the tune of 12,960 times the stake.
On any spin in the base game or free spins, an animated dragon can randomly appear from the right. He will fly across the reels one or multiple times, leaving in his wake two to eight wild symbols on random positions on the reels. Once done, he will disappear to the left just as fast as he appeared. Wins are paid after the feature ends. It can be a bit of a hit and miss at times, depending where the dragon will drop the extra wild symbols.
Although a single Dragon Spin can be sufficient to hit a super mega win, the big money on 3888 Ways of the Dragon is in the free spins round. Landing three or four bonus symbols scattered on the reels in one spin will award eight and 18 free spins respectively. During the bonus round the Dragon Spin feature is triggered at a higher frequency to provide more potential for big wins.
Lucky numbers and creatures are to this day a firm part in the lives of Asian people. Other than dragons and the number eight, they also have frogs, turtle, cats, and golden coins, each having a lucky meaning attached to them. No wonder, game providers have been flooding the reels of countless slots with exactly those icons. After all, everyone likes a lucky charm, not just Asian people.
But is 3888 Ways of the Dragon a lucky creation? The answer is more yes than no. The visuals and animations are purely stunning, the win potential as well but those low line payments are a bit of a nuisance. You will see very often wins that won’t even cover the stake and it is going to need quite a few stacked symbols in a winning combination to get to a big or mega win. The best chance is when the dragon appears and drops those extra wilds onto the reels.