This month will see the release of IGT’s brand new mobile slot and it promises to be a winner. Being the UK’s largest distributor of land-based casino machines, IGT gets the benefit of trying out its games on betting terminals before offering them to a mobile audience, and the upcoming Dragon’s Temple is different. The slot is a proven favourite among land-based players and its mix of exciting slots action and Eastern mythology is bound to translate well to mobile.
About the Game
Everyone knows by now that IGT is a safe pair of hands when it comes to mobile slots translated from land-based machines. There’s every confidence that this five reel, 50 payline slot will make a mark on smartphones and tablets later this month. The Chinese themed slot draws upon beautiful graphics and state of the art game mechanics, throwing in extra spins, wilds and its unique Yin Yang scatter bonus to thrill players. It basically couldn’t be more different from the other big release of this month – Motorhead from NetEnt.
As you might expect from a Chinese themed slot, all the symbols in the game are inspired by Chinese calligraphy, mythology or architecture, with stylised letter and number symbols, Chinese buildings, bamboo writing and Yin Yang symbols making up the reels. This effect is furthered by the dragons circling the reels and the traditional Chinese plucked string music.
Lots of people complain about the saturation of the mobile slots market with games which play on mythology. Whether Chinese, Scandinavian or Native American, the borrowing and westernisation of cultural signifiers has become a bugbear for many in the market. For all its success as a standalone land-based slot, Dragon’s Temple will still have to convince players it’s not just ‘another Chinese slot.’
Yin Yang Scatter Bonus Explained
The main bonus feature of the game will be the Yin Yang scatter bonus. The symbol which triggers this round is – believe it or not – the black Yin and Yang from ancient Chinese philosophy; land three or more of these, and you’ll enter into the bonus game, where you have to make a decision before you win.
Three options are laid out in front of you, which each balance extra spins against guaranteed wilds. Each option is theoretically as beneficial as the others, but there’s still definitely a gamble when picking between them.
- Choice 1: You can have 15 extra spins, with a wild guaranteed on the third reel on each spin
- Choice 2: You can have 10 extra spins, with a wild guaranteed on the second and fourth reels on each spin
- Choice 3: You can have 5 extra spins, with a wild guaranteed on the first, third and fifth reels on each spin
If you like the sound of this bonus, look for Dragon’s Temple hitting IGT mobile casinos later this month.