Players, are you up for a little excursion back in time? If that’s the case, consider the year 522. At the age of 20, Amalaric was crowned king of the Visigoths, and the mediaeval scholar Boethius (author of the Consolation of Philosophy) was imprisoned for allegedly plotting against the Ostrogoth king Theodoric the Great. According to the game’s description, we’ll be travelling fifteen hundred years back in time to a’mystical world’ in Dragons of the North Megaways, an online slot from Wizard Games, formerly known as Pariplay. There are no goths here, but there are four dragons who have awoken to do some wreaking havoc. Who’s the one who’s being assaulted? I’m not sure. Let’s see what we can learn.
Betting and Prizes
A stone-propped 6-reel Megaways powered grid stands tall in the midst of it all. The reels display 2-7 symbols on each spin, resulting in 64 to 117,649 opportunities to win. Dragons of the North Megaways is a highly volatile slot featuring three RTP variations, the highest of which is 96.28 percent, rising to 96.51 percent when free spins are purchased. The hit frequency in this version is 26.57 percent, albeit this varies depending on the RTP version – the game provides explicit information so you can confirm the math model you’re about to play.
In Dragons of the North Megaways, the standard pay is nine symbols. On the lower end of the scale are the 10-A card ranks, which pay out 0.5-1x the stake for a six-of-a-kind win. When landing six of the higher value dragon symbols, which are coloured purple, green, blue, and red, the payouts increase to 2-10x the bet. Normal wilds appear on any reel and can be used to complete winning combinations by substituting for all paying symbols. If wilds win on their own, a line of six of them can be worth up to ten times the bet.
In terms of Megaways, the Dragons of the North adaptation has certain features that you’d expect to see and some that you wouldn’t. The cascading wins feature is a classic addition. When winning methods appear on the grid, they are removed in fireballs. Symbols fall into empty cells, and if they establish a new winning path, they are also eliminated and replaced. Cascades continue to cascade until there are no more wins.
The Dragon Bonus Reel, which runs along the top of the grid, is one of the more unusual features. Above each main reel, the Dragon Bonus Reel shows a distinctive Dragon Bonus feature icon. If a Golden Dragon Egg sign appears on a reel, it transforms into a wild symbol and activates one of the Dragon Bonuses listed above:
- Cash Prizes – pays a 1,000x random multiplier on the bet.
- Destruction – clears the reels of all low-paying symbols, unleashing a cascade.
- Respins – 3 respins are awarded, with each respin increasing the number of Megaways available, up to 117,648.
- Free Spins – 10 free spins are awarded. These aren’t available to be earned during a respin.
Random Mega Wilds might appear during base game or free spins. These are complete reel wilds with up to x7 ways multipliers.
Theme and Design
Following Dragons of the North (2019) and Dragons of the North Deluxe, Dragons of the North Megaways is the third game in the series (2020). All feature well-designed backgrounds that create a high fantasy, Lord of the Rings-style world with dark sky and ominously towering sculptures, all set to a haunting music. Wisps of what appear to be ash float over the screen, and if we were to guess, dragons may have recently roared through this area, destroying something nearby.
If fantasy is your thing, Dragons of the North Megaways might be appealing. It’s a step up from the dreadful Rhino Rumble Megaways, though Wizard Games would have had to accomplish something incredibly remarkable if it hadn’t been a step forward.