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(Pragmatic Play) Slot Demo & Review
If any iGaming development company deserves lots of time off over Christmas and New Year, it is most definitely Pragmatic Play. This is a company that releases at ‘least’ 8 new slots each month, which is up from the 4 per month previously promised in 2022, and that's on top of the live casino games and virtual sports casino content the developer also releases. As well as churning out record numbers of slots, the firm is seemingly going for the record for the longest name. The latest slot is Floating Dragon New Year Festival Ultra Megaways (try saying that repeatedly as quickly as possible!). It is a 6-reel high variance slot with up to 8 rows, a 96.70% RTP, and a top prize of 20,000x the stake.
We all want to spin in the big bonus features no matter the slot we play. However, often, you find yourself snoozing after turning a ton of dull base game spins without achieving your goal. At least Pragmatic Play has attempted to spice up that base game action by utilising cascading reels, wilds, and a mystery symbol. As for the main bonuses, you can look forward to a free spins feature containing a money collect mechanic and a Hold & Spin bonus that could land symbols holding values of up to 2,000x the stake.
I recommend spinning away on the Floating Dragon New Year Festival Ultra Megaways slot demo below if you have time amid your New Year celebrations celebrations. This slot has a lot going for it, especially regarding the bonus features on offer.
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Floating Dragon New Year Festival paytable
Seeing as the end of the year is closing in, I want to point you in the direction of some other top-quality Pragmatic Play slot games launched in 2023. One of the most recent and possibly one of the best is the Gates of Olympus 1000 slot. The original scooped major iGaming awards, but the sequel is even better! Other recommendations include the Book of Tut Megaways slot, and one I really enjoyed is their fantastic Sugar Supreme Powernudge slot, so make sure you give all of our demos of these games a play.
Right, let's sift through the different symbol payouts offered on this latest Pragmatic Play release. The slot features ten regular-paying symbols, and topping the prize charts is the Frog, which tops out at 50x for a six symbol combo. Next, we have the Bonsai Tree, Chinese Lantern, Red Envelope, and Fish paying 5x, 2.5x, 2x, and 1.5x respectively. Onto the low pays, and there's an Ace and King returning 1.5x, and the Queen, Jack, and Ten all pay 1x for a winning combo of five. The Chinese Handfan is the wild symbol, and aside from the Scatter, Coin, and Lady symbols, it can substitute for all other symbols. It will only appear on the on the top row above the reels.
When you power up the Floating Dragon New Year Festival Ultra Megaways slot demo, you can spin for as little as €0.20 and as much as €360.00. There are, of course, dozens of other stakes to choose from within this range, making the slot accessible for players of all sized budgets.
floating dragon new year festival slot base game
Floating Dragon New Year Festival base game
The reel configuration is an interesting one. There are six reels, with the first and last capable of holding up to six symbols each. However, above the middle four reels are three additional rows. The one at the top will only display wild symbols or blanks, while the remaining two can hold all symbols. Locked by default, on any spin, any number of those rows can appear unlocked and contribute to the spin. Combined, that reel configuration can deliver spins offering up to a maximum of 147,456 Ways-to-Win. You receive payouts when you land three or more matching symbols on consecutive reels starting from the leftmost reel.
Tumble is the name Pragmatic Play uses for its cascading reels mechanic. Winning symbols vanish from the reels, allowing new symbols to fall into the vacated positions. This can result in a tumble effect as new winning combinations may be created.
During the base game and free spins bonus, rope-like Mystery Symbols can land on the reels. In the base game, they transform into the same instance of a random regular-paying symbol.
You can enhance your chances of triggering the free spins feature via the Ante bet option. For 50% of your stake on top, more scatter symbols are present on the reels. Therefore, you stand a better chance of gaining access to the free spins bonus.
floating dragon new year festival slot bonus features
Floating Dragon New Year Festival bonus feature
Two bonus features can be triggered when playing Floating Dragon New Year Festival Ultra Megaways. Three or more scatter symbols positioned anywhere on the reels will reward the free spins bonus. To activate the Hold & Spin bonus, you must land three or more coin symbols anywhere in view.
free spins feature
You receive 10, 15, 20, or 25 free spins when a base game spin reveals 3, 4, 5, or 6 scatter symbols, respectively. Fish Money symbols can land with 2x, 5x, 10x, 15x, 20x, 25x, 50x, or 500x values during this feature. If the Lady symbol lands on the same spin as any Fish symbols, it collects those values. That Lady symbol is also collected and added to a meter to the side of the reels, re-triggering the 10 free spins for every four collected. The first three re-triggers increase a multiplier value applied to the Fish symbols of 2x, 3x, and 10x. Any additional re-triggers add another 10x to the multiplier value.
hold & spin bonus
When three or more coin symbols appear during the base game, the Hold & Spin Bonus kicks into action. The triggering coins and their values between 1x and 30x transfer to the bonus game and remain sticky for the duration of the feature. You receive three re-spins, which reset each time a spin reveals another Coin symbol or a Diamond symbol, with the latter holding values of 50x to 2,000x the total bet. This bonus continues until there are no more re-spins. Triggering this bonus is guaranteed to bring a win of at least 20x. If that is not achieved by the end of the round, you receive another three re-spins
You can purchase the above bonus features via the bonus buy option if you'd rather not wait to trigger them naturally. These will cost 100x your stake for the free spins bonus or 120x for the Hold & Spin game.
Two bonus features, Ultra Megaways and a cascading reels mechanic.
Good max win of 20,000x bet.
Online casinos can choose from different RTP models for this slot.
floating dragon new year Festival slot review final thoughts
Could Floating Dragon New Year Festival Ultra Megaways prove one of the better New Year-themed releases in 2023? I’d certainly have it up there with the best. I find Pragmatic Play slots can go one of two ways: they show the developer’s undoubted creativity, talent and ability, or they come across as slightly lazy. This one certainly falls under the former.