50 Dragons is another live casino favorite from Aristocrat which can now be played online. This has a far-eastern theme. While it is similar to Aristocrat’s 5 Dragons slot, this game has a more polished feel – as well as more win-line options to choose from.
Along with the oriental symbols, you will find the familiar Aristocrat setup in this game. The ‘galloping’ mechanical sound when the reels stop, and lively computerized tunes when you hit a win are included. You’ll also have the opportunity to gamble your wins by choosing red / black or suits for a randomly selected playing card.
Before you start playing, it is worth taking a moment to assess the many line and bet amount combinations. You can play up to 50 win-lines, which does make the maximum use of wild symbols.
You can configure the line bets from 1 line through 5, 10 and all the way to 50. The bet per line starts at 2c. Online you can play for 2c a spin by choosing 1 line and the minimum bet. Live casinos will start a little higher, with 50c being the standard. If you choose the maximum 50 lines and $4 per line, you will be spinning for $200 a time. There is a ‘max bet’ button to set this amount, and an ‘auto’ button which lets you select from 5 to 50 spins.
The symbols are animated, which means you’ll be treated to the roar of a Chinese dragon on occasion as well as the winning line sounds. Dragons are the top standard symbols in this game, and pay 1000 coins for 5 of a kind. Chickens and tigers pay 500 for 5. You will find the standard playing card symbols and other oriental images make up the rest of the wins.
Golden Ingot symbols are scatters in 50 Dragons, these also trigger the free spins feature with 3 when you hit 3 Pearl symbols are wild, and will substitute for anything except the ingots.
When you trigger the free spins round, and extra pearl symbol is added to reels 2, 3, 4 and 5 for the remaining free games. You’ll have 10 free spins, and these extra wild symbols will often lead to a lot of winning combinations. If you are playing with the maximum 50 lines, there are a lot more opportunities for the wilds to create winning combinations.
During the bonus round, you can re-trigger the free spins – though the addition is 5 more spins and not the initial 10.
The graphics on this slot are very nicely put together, which makes it feel more up to date than either 5 Dragons or ChoySun Doa. On the other hand this game does not use the latest 243-ways technology, instead letting players choose their preferred number of win lines. All of these games have free spins features which can be retriggered. The extra wilds are a plus for 50 Dragons – though the number of re-trigger spins is lower than for 5 Dragons.
Considering this game was first introduced back in 2005 in live casinos, it has held its own against more recent titles very well. I like the choice of win-lines, and the animations on the reels of this game add an extra edge that many Aristocrat games do not have. There are plenty of small wins to keep your bankroll moving while you wait for the free spins where the bigger prizes are possible. Those extra wilds will mean that the prizes during the feature add-up nicely.
I’d recommend this game for fans of the oriental slots genre, with the only negative for me the ‘cheesy’ tunes which play when you hit a winning combination.