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Dragon Match Megaways™ is a 4 reel slot from iSoftBet that runs on the Megaways™ gaming engine. This entertaining reel modifying mechanic is under license from Big Time Gaming, and through its use Dragon Match Megaways™ is capable of generating up to 3,156 ways to win on any spin of the reels.
The game very much has an Asian theme and the backdrop is awash with beautiful visuals from the orient that are instantly recognisable. Lower paying symbols on the slot are represented by the card royals 10 through to the Ace, with pays ranging from as low as 0.1x, up to 2x when wins are formed. The premium range of symbols comprise of a tanggu, a blue charm, a lotus flower, a pair of golden hóng bāo, and a dragon, with a 4 of a kind win paying 2.5x, 3x, 4x, 5x, & 50x respectively.
To play and get the reels spinning will cost you a minimum of €0.20, with high rollers having the option of playing up to €20. There are a total of four stakes to play at that range from €2 down to the minimum bet, this is slightly lower than the average amount of stake sizes that we would expect to see within that range, but players should still be able to find a bet size to play at that they are comfortable with.
DRAGON MATCH MEGAWAYS™ CASCADING REELS
DRAGON MATCH MEGAWAYS™ INCLUDES THE CASCADING REELS FEATURE
One of the biggest surprises for us on Dragon Match Megaways™ is that it includes the cascading reels feature. Historically you would only expect to see this on a Megaways™ slot with a 117,649 payline format, so we were very interested to see how it would work on a Megaways™ title that could only offer up to 3,136 ways to win.
For those unaware of how the cascading reel mechanic works, you will notice through your gameplay that when you hit a winning combination the symbols that were involved in making up that win will be removed from the reels, new symbols will then drop down to fill the spaces that have been left. These cascades will continue until no further winning combinations can be made, and then a new spin will need to be initiated.
DRAGON MATCH MEGAWAYS™ WILDS
TWO MATCHING SYMBOLS ON THE UPPER REEL WILL CAUSE THEM BOTH TO TURN WILD ON DRAGON MATCH MEGAWAYS™
ALL MATCHING SYMBOLS ON THE REELS BELOW WILL ALSO BECOME WILD
An interesting modifier that can take place in both the base game and the bonus feature is the Dragon Match Wild enhancer. If you can get two symbols to match on the upper reel then they will both turn into wild symbols. The added extra to this modifier is that all of the symbols on the two reels below that match the symbol on the upper reel will also turn wild. As we discovered this can lead to some impressive wins, especially if you have a reasonably high amount of Megaways™ active at the time.
DRAGON MATCH MEGAWAYS™ FREE SPIN FEATURE
2 DRAGON MATCH SYMBOLS ON THE UPPER REEL WILL TRIGGER THE FREE SPIN BONUS
The upper reel is once again utilised by iSoftBet for the triggering of the free spin feature. This is a method we haven't seen used before in the Megaways™ series, where generally a free spin bonus is acquired through scatter symbols landing anywhere in view.
You will require two Dragon Match symbols to display in the upper reel section for the bonus to trigger. If achieved you will be taken to a new screen where you will be given the opportunity to select the volatility of your bonus.
SELECT THE VOLATILITY OF YOUR FREE SPIN BONUS ON DRAGON MATCH MEGAWAYS™
Players of the Megaways™ Slots will have seen this kind of option before on games such as Buffalo Rising Megaways™. The following options are available for you to choose from when selecting your bonus on Dragon Match Megaways™
12 Free Spins - Multiplier starts at x1.
8 Free Spins - Multiplier starts at x3.
5 Free Spins - Multiplier starts at x5.
Mystery Choice - Pick a free spin amount from between 5 - 12. Pick a starting multiplier from between x1 - x5.
Those of you who like to take a risk and want to play at the highest possible volatility will want to select the mystery choice option. The dream outcome is 12 free spins with a x5 starting multiplier, but of course you could quite easily hit 5 free spins with a x1 multiplier, so make you decision wisely.
DRAGON MATCH MEGAWAYS™ INCLUDES AN UNLIMITED MULTIPLIER
Once your free spins and starting multiplier have been determined the action will begin. For each successful reel cascade that you complete your multiplier will increase by a further x1 in value, there is no limit as to what this can reach and is called an unlimited multiplier.
The potential in this slot is ultimately through the Dragon Match Wilds making an appearance during the bonus round, and preferably when you have a high multiplier in play. Just as they do in the base game, when two symbols match on the upper reel they will become wild as will all symbols on the reels underneath them that are the same.
Additional free spins may be awarded during the bonus and this is achieved through the Dragon Match symbols once again appearing on the upper reel. If they cover the two positions then you will be rewarded with 5 extra free spins.
DRAGON MATCH MEGAWAYS™ SLOT REVIEW FINAL THOUGHTS
We love to see something new when it comes to the Megaways™ Slots, and iSoftBet have certainly brought us that with a slot that features so few Megaways™ compared to other games within the niche. In our opinion opting for this format has paid off for iSoftBet, and whilst Dragon Match Megaways™ does retain some of the classic features we now tend to associate with Megaways™ titles like an unlimited multiplier and cascading reels, it brings enough originality to the table to make it a slot that stands out in a competitive market.
One of the most interesting points about this slot was seeing how the cascading reels mechanic performed over so few reels and paylines. We found that it delivered far more winning consecutive cascades then what we had previously witnessed on other titles with a higher Megaways™ format, and some of these sequences of cascades were particularly lucrative.
In conclusion we think if Dragon Match Megaways™ proves to be a hit with players, we could see more developers choosing a lower Megaways™ format to mix up their offerings a little. Hats off to iSoftBet though for being the first to try something new, and keeping the market fresh.
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