The Dragon Maiden game can be found at casinos offering Play ‘n Go software. Play ‘n Go are a growing providers in the industry and have a rapidly expanding portfolio of both slots games and clients. They do offer a full casino platform, but primarily seem to be used as a bolt on package for extra slots games. Play ‘n Go do publish the Return to Player (RTP)/House Edge information for their slots games within the game help files. As such we know that the house edge for Dragon Maiden is 3.51%.
The Dragon Maiden game has 5 reels and each reel is 3 symbols high. The game does not use standard paylines and instead offers up 243 different ways to win.
Wild – The “Dragon Maiden” symbols are only Wild during random spins. They can also expand, again at random, to fill up to 3 spaces on the reels.
Scatters – The “Dragon” symbol is the game’s Scatter. 2 or more of them will trigger a re-spin, with 3 or more triggering the Free Spins feature.
Re-Spins – If you trigger Re-spins by landing 2 or more “Dragon” symbols, the reels containing the dragons symbols will stick in place whist the remaining reels spin again. Any further “Dragon” symbols that are revealed on the re-spin will trigger another re-spin, during which the new “Dragon” symbol will be held in place. The process will continue until no “Dragon” symbols are revealed or you run out of reels to hold.
Free Spins – During the Free Spins feature, you can grow the size of the reels, up to 6 symbols high. Every time you reveal a “Dragon” symbol, the reel it is on will expand by 1 space. Every reel that reaches 6 symbols high will award a “Golden Spin”. You will also receive a “Golden Spin” for every “Dragon” symbol that lands on a 6 symbol high reel.
Golden Spins – The “Golden Spins” take place once the Free Spins have finished. A “Golden Spin” takes place on a grid that has all 5 reels the full 6 symbols high. This will increase the number of win ways to 7776.
Dragon Maiden is a fantasy themed slots game with reels that can expand in size during the bonus features. The game looks good, with well-drawn symbols and a dark fantasy background, reminiscent of Mordor in The Lord of the Rings. The game offers Free Spins and Golden Spins, all of which is excellent news, as are the re-spins. There are wilds, but they are only triggered at random, which means their influence is less consistent than it would be in other games. However, they can expand at random too, which almost makes up for the initial misgiving. There is no bonus game, but I guess that can be forgiven when you consider how much is going on with the free spins. If you’d asked me to guess the house edge before I looked it up I would have gone with 4%, as this is the standard Play ‘N Go percentage, but I would have been wrong. For the first time in a very long time Play ‘N Go are offering a house edge that I would consider good value for money. All things considered, this is a great offering from Play ‘N Go, one that sees them break with their usual house edge, which is hopefully a sign of things to come!