There is no room for mediocrity on a 5×5 grid. A unique selling point is necessary for this type of slot machine to win over its target audience. Dragon Shard is a land of mystery and magic brought to you by Microgaming partners Stormcraft Studios and their mournful army of 40 paylines. When even 5×3 slots can give you 243 chances to win, the prospect of playing a slot machine with only 40 methods to do so is laughable.
Based on the Fortunium engine, a futuristic steam-punk style game published in 2018 and shortly forgotten, Dragon Shard is a slot machine with a fantasy theme. The weird realm of mythological animals and powerful heroes replaces the world of mechanical marvels. It has a Win Booster feature, Mystery Symbols, and Free Spins with up to 3 mystery reels on each spin, and it can be played for as little as 5 cents up to 200 Euros a spin.
Dragon Shard, which takes place in an imaginary universe, is more aesthetically lovely than its brother, Fortunium. The lesser value spades, hearts, diamonds, and clubs are represented by the reel symbols. Dragon Shards, Ice Dragons, Fire Dragons, and even the Dragon King and Dragon Queen make an appearance. The latter two are the most lucrative, paying out 8 times your wager for 5 on a full payline, and they can appear stacked on the reels. The Dragon Shard emblem serves as the wild symbol, and it pays out 20 times your wager for 5 of a kind.
Stormcraft Studios’ Dragon Shard Highlights:
Dragon Shard has a Mystery Symbol feature just waiting to happen. When these icons land on the reels, they’ll randomly change into one of many other icons, one of which will be wild.
However, before doing anything else, you must first determine whether or not to use the Win Booster function. Slots typically pay from left to right, but if you decline this option, the game will play normally. Payouts occur both left to right and right to left if the Win Booster is engaged. However, this extra feature will double your bet, from 100€ to 200€, if you activate it. When the Win Booster is active, Mystery Symbols can only become high-value symbols or wilds, greatly expanding the player’s odds of winning.
The Free Spins bonus round is an essential component of every slot machine, yet Stormcraft neglected to include it in their last game, Agent Jane Blonde Returns. But they introduced one here, and it kicks off if you get three or more scatter symbols on the reels. The Mystery Reels feature will help you win, starting with 10 free spins. If you get 3, 4, or 5 scatters to activate the bonus, you’ll get 1, 2, or 3 Mystery Reels to begin with. On every spin, only the mystery symbols will show on the unique reels that appear on reels 2, 3, and 4. Winning 800x your wager on a single spin is possible, albeit it’s quite improbable unless you get a complete screen of wild symbols.
Final Say on Dragon Shard by Stormcraft Studios
The best that can be said about Dragon Shard is that it is a well-balanced medium volatility slot with passable looks. That is the polite synopsis. How could they disrespect us with such foolishness; that is what we are truly thinking. Of all the things they might have done (they are programmers, after all), they went for a clone of one of the most boring slots ever made. Sure, it’s a bit finer looking that the original, but what difference does it make when it’s actually the same monotonous game with the same ludicrous rewards.