The Dragon Shard slots game can be found at Microgaming casinos. Microgaming as a standard now publish the slots house edge information of all their games at any online casino that holds a UKGC license (this is a requirement for all UKGC licensed casinos). As such we can say that the House Edge of Dragon Shard is 3.59%. When playing at any venue that does not hold a UKGC license and does not specifically publish the Return to Player information for their game, this information should be used as a guideline only as we cannot confirm whether or not this game is configurable.
Dragon Shard is a 5 reel game that is 5 symbols high. The game uses traditional paylines, with 40 in total, playing from left to right.
Win Booster – The left-hand side of the reels is a large red button called the “Win Booster”. If you press that button the Mystery Symbol (which will be described more below) will only reveal Wilds and High Paying symbols. Along with this, paylines will play in both directions and you bet will be doubled. It is also worth pointing out that the house edge will decrease to 3.23%, from the original 3.59%. You will know that the Win Booster is in play because there will be a thick golden frame surrounding the reels that is not normally there.
Wild – The “Dragon Shard” logo is the game’s Wild symbol and will substitute for all symbols other than Free Spins.
Mystery Symbol – The Mystery Symbol is a green and gold Dragon shaped like a question mark when you are playing the base game. It becomes all gold when you hit the Win Booster Button. The Mystery Symbol will turn into either a Wild or a low or a high paying symbol. During the Win Booster feature it can only turn into Wild or High Paying symbols.
Free Spins – The Free Spins symbol is the “Dragon’s Eye”. You need to reveal 3 or more of them anywhere on the reels to trigger the feature. You always receive 10 Free Spins nut can also gain up to 3 reels that only contain Mystery Symbols. 3 “Dragon’s Eye” symbols will win you 10 Free Spins and 1 Mystery Symbol reel, 4 “Dragon’s Eye” symbols will win you 10 Free Spins and 2 Mystery Symbol reels and 5 “Dragon’s Eye” symbols will win you 10 Free Spins and 3 Mystery Symbol reels. The Free Spins is also a Scatter symbol, paying out regardless of paylines and is the most valuable symbol in the game.
Stacked Symbols – Both the “Fire Queen” and the “Ice King” symbols can come fully stacked.
Even without mentioning the Win Booster there is a lot to commend about this game. First of all, it looks incredible, with detailed symbols and a stunning background to give the eye a real feast. Then there are the mystery symbols, the free spins, the mystery symbol reels during the free spins and the stacked high paying symbols. Add to this a very reasonable house edge and there is nothing much here to criticise. Add to that the Win Booster button and things get even more interesting. Remember that when you press it you are risking much more, double what you would normally, but that when you do the mystery symbols hold more value, the paylines increase and the house edge shrinks by over 0.35%. A very good game without the Win Booster, but an excellent one with it.