The run of form that Microgaming has found themselves on since beginning to partner with smaller, start-up design studios to create free spin casino slot games has continued with the release of Dragon Shard, in partnership with Stormcraft Studios which is now available to play at Mega Reel.
This fantasy-themed game not only breaks the slightly annoying Microgaming convention of having a below-average RTP, this time coming in at 96.5%, but it also offers a pretty good max win of 800x your stake which is not bad considering that it is only a medium variance slot.
It’s a lot of fun to play too, Dragon Shard. You will find that free slot games online like this are quite a common thing but this one just about stands out.
Dragon Shard Theme and Graphics
With a lot of fantasy-themed slot games, the design is bright and bold and visually very immersive. It’s kind of larger than life in a lot of ways. The same can be said of Dragon Shard. Graphics and sound-wise, it’s quite an intense slot but also kind of peaceful at the same time.
The epic battle-sounding music and the character symbols give the slot some energy, but it’s sent out against some plush green rolling hills and a waterfall which is a nice contrast. And Dragon Shard slot looks just as good on mobile as it does on a desktop computer.
Stormcraft Studios are ones to keep an eye on by the looks of this slot game, but it is Microgaming, arguably the biggest name in the online casino, that had the greatest responsibility in getting it over the line. So, let’s take a look at some of their best pieces of work from their illustrious 26-year long career in the game, along with some similar titles to this one.
- Immortal Romance
- Thunder Struck II
- Break da Bank Again
- Dragon Strike
- Dragon’s Fire Megaways
- Wicked Dragon Wilds
How to Play Dragon Shard Slots
When you jump into Dragon Shard, you will realise that despite all of its graphic design beauty, it is not the most well-set-out slot game in the world. However, once you come to terms with the controls you can get on board with it fairly quickly.
The key things to note about how to play this slot are that the spin button is the centre one on the panel of symbols on the right-hand side of the reels. Above this is the Auto-play settings feature which will allow you to spin up to 100 spins automatically and then above that further is the button that speeds up your spins.
You can set your coin size using the button underneath the spin button, and here you will set how many pay lines you wish to activate as well.
Once all of this is taken care of, you’ll need to spin the reels and try to line up symbols in combinations of 3 or more depending on how many pay lines that you have activated. Either that or land 2 symbols and a wild.
If it sounds complicated then don’t worry, it’s not so bad! And if you do wish to try it out for free before playing for real cash, then you could always check out a Dragon Shard demo first, by simply doing a google search.
Now, it’s just time to create an account at Mega Reel to be able to play the game if you do not have one already. It will take under 10 minutes and comes in these 3 simple steps:
- Press Join Now on the homepage
- Fill out your details and confirm your email
- Deposit £10 or more and spin the Mega Reel for a chance of winning up to 500 Free Spins on Starburst (Full Ts & Cs Apply)
Statistics on this Slot
Statistically, Dragon Shard is a really good slot game. See for yourself here…
RTP - 96.41%, which is high for any slot let alone a Microgaming one!
Volatility - a medium, so expect fairly regular wins but also some nice big ones if you have enough luck and determination.
Minimum and maximum bets - between 20p and £200 per spin
Paylines - you can choose to play with up to 40.
Reels - a regular 5 reels with 3 rows
Bonuses - The Win Booster can be activated, or you might even be able to unlock some free spins.
Wilds and Scatters - both are available. The wild is pretty standard but the scatter unlocks your free spins so keep an eye out for those!
Maximum payout - up to 800x your stake
|Min Bet per spin||£0.20|
|Max Bet per spin||£200|
|Return to Player (RT)||96.41%|
|Bonus Features||Wild Booster, Free Spins|
*All of the above values are subject to change at any time.
Dragon Shard Bonuses and Exclusive Features
There are a couple of bonus features in this slot game. One is paid for by the player and the other comes with a bit of luck on the reels. Check ‘em out.
The best bonus in the Dragon Shard slot is going to be the free spins bonus round. Landing 3 or more of the scatter symbols, as standard, will unlock this for you. During these free spins, mystery reels can be triggered where the symbols can be quite high in value.
On the left-hand side of the reels, you will notice a large button that reads ‘Win Booster’. Select this, and pay lines will be boosted in value, mystery symbols will increase in quantity, and pay lines will also pay both ways.
Final Thoughts on this Slot
A lot of people consider Dragon Shard to be one of the best games in recent years and while we would have preferred an extra bonus or 2, and maybe a slightly more intuitive set of controls, we can see why they might have formulated that opinion. If you’re more into classic retro games, don’t miss out on the Double Stacks slot.
For us, Dragon Shard is a 7/10.
Dragon Shard FAQs
Short for time? Have a look at a couple of the most popular questions about this slot.
What Bonuses are Available in Dragon Shard?
Just the Free Spins and the Win Booster, the latter of which you can choose to activate.
What is the RTP (Return to Player) of Dragon Shard?
It’s 96.5% which leaves a dealer advantage of a pretty small 3.5%.
*All values (Bet Levels, Maximum Wins, etc.) mentioned in relation to this slot game are subject to change at any time.
*Any Free Spins/Welcome Bonuses References are subject to the following: NEW PLAYERS ONLY, MIN DEPOSIT £10, £8 MAX WIN PER 10 SPINS, MAX BONUS EQUAL TO LIFETIME DEPOSITS (UP TO £250), 65X WAGERING REQUIREMENTS AND FULL T&CS APPLY