Review of Bally’s Jewel of the Dragon Slot Machine
Jewel of the Dragon is a 5-reel, 40-payline online slot machine from Bally Technologies. The theme of the game is the Chinese dragon, along with the wealth of Asia. Jewel of the Dragon Slots offers a wild symbol, scatter symbols, coin multipliers, and a competitive fixed jackpot. The game also offers 3 bonus features which increases the hit frequency on the game.
The Wild Symbol is easy to spot, because it says “WILD” in big golden letters. The wild substitutes for any symbol on the game, except for the scatter symbol (“Bonus”). The Wild icon also serves as the second-biggest payout on the game, with 1000 coins times your base bet. The 1000-coin payout occurs when you receive 5 Wild symbols on the same payline. Getting four or three symbols also triggers smaller bonuses.
Certain wild symbols are not a part of the base game. Instead, you’ll only be able to activate them during the DropZone, Dragon Nudge, and HotZone features.
Scatter Bonus Symbol
The Dragon Bonus symbol acts as the scatter symbol. It is also the biggest payout with a 2000-coin jackpot anytime 5 of the symbols hit. All payouts except the scatter pays are found adjacent on an active payline.
Reel symbols on Jewel of the Dragon include the Dragon (“Bonus”) symbol, the Wild symbol, the crown, the money shield, and the bell. Other icons include the ace, king, queen, jack, ten, and nine symbols. Also, you’ll occasionally see the ace diamond, king diamond, queen diamond, jack diamond, ten diamond, nine diamond, and wild diamond.
Free Game Bonus Feature
To start the free game, you’ll need to collect 3 of either the Dragon Bonus or Wild symbols. When this happens, free games are awarded. The more symbols appear on the same line, the more free games you receive.
Five bonus/wild symbols awards 8 free spins with a 5x multiplier. Getting four of the bonus/wild icons results in 8 free games with a 2x multiplier. Finally, receiving 3 wilds/scatters triggers 8 free games at a 1x multiplier (no multiples).
Hot Zone Feature
The Hot Zone Wild Patterns are payouts in addition to reel symbol, so they are a kind of scatter symbol. Hot Zones can land in any position on reels 1 through 5. Before payouts are evaluated, any symbol within the Hot Zone becomes wild. If a Bonus icon appears in the zone, it becomes a Wild icon, too. Players can read the payout schedule to see the various Hot Zone patterns.
Drop Zone Bonus Feature
The Drop Zone feature is activated when three scattered Diamond symbols appear on the screen. The diamond overlays only appear on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th reels. The payouts for the underlying symbols are not affected. Instead, the player selects one of the three diamond overlays and any symbol within the Drop Zone around it becomes wild. The winning combinations are evaluated and paid. Once again, special symbols are changed to wild, unlike at other points in the game.
Dragon Nudge Bonus Feature
Also, a Dragon Nudge feature is active on the game. Anytime a Hot Zone pattern is found in its entirety outside the reel window, the Dragon Nudge allows you to nudge the Hot Zone downward onto the reels. Once this happens, the Hot Zone symbols become wild, like the scenario described above. Winning combinations are evaluated and paid.
Theoretical Advantage – House Edge
The theoretical average return to player (“RTP”) on Jewel of the Dragon Slots is 94.07%. This is the long term expected, meaning you should expect to win back $94.07 and lose $5.93 of every $100 you wager.
Again, this is theoretical, so results in a limited window vary greatly. Some players win money, while others lose, but over a long period of time, the results should converge fairly closely with the expected RTP.
The various coin options on Jewel of the Dragon are $0.01, $0.02, $0.03, $0.04, $0.05, $0.06, $0.07, $0.08, $0.09, $0.10, $0.15, $0.20, $0.50, $1.00, $2.00, $3.00, $4.00, $5.00, and $10.00. With 40-coin bets, the betting range is therefore anywhere between $0.40 and $400. Penny players and high rollers alike should be able to enjoy this slot machine. The currency is tailored to the region in which you play, but the minimal currencies are the Euro, the British pound sterling, and the US dollar.
The auto-play feature allows gamblers to set a number of automatic spins, so they don’t have to continually hit the “Spin” button. The four options are the 5-spin, 10-spin, 15-spin, and 20-spin automatic spinning feature.