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Sakura Dragon slot review

Added by Playson. Information last updated: 10/11/2020

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Tester rating:

3.5 (1)

Game information

Game supplier:Playson

Release date:04/2019

RTP:95.3%

Volatility:High

Max. win:bet x 750

Mobile version:Support all devices

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Highlights

Freespins

Scatter symbols

Wilds

Random wilds

Volatility

Themes

History

Orient

Fairy tales & fantasy

Nature & animals

Summer

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RTP (Return to player):
95.3%
Volatility:
High
Max. win:
bet x 750

Bojoko score (compared to other slots on Bojoko)
21
Playson score (compared to other slots of supplier)
30
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Slot tester's review: Trystan Michielsen

Slot tested

Sakura Dragon takes place in the countryside of ancient Japan where a mix of intrigue and mysticism create an enchanting slot, with the prospect of seizing sizeable wins.

The game was created by Playson and released in 2019. The beautiful drawings really make it obvious that it is a new game while the different features keep the experience simple. I found this to be a common occurrence among Playson slots, where they combine new visuals and design innovations with a more classic play experience.

Sakura Dragon is set in Japan and everything about the game was designed with this in mind. The symbols are all done in a Japanese style or have Japanese characters on them. The lower-paying card symbols are unfortunately not as creative but still do their best to resemble original Japanese writing.

The music follows the same theme, with a subtle atmospheric sound playing in the background. Different events in the game trigger small sounds, from getting a Bonus Symbol or getting a big win. It all stays calm and easy though, which I liked.

The game is built with a 5-reel, 3-row playing field and 15 paylines. Sometimes a special feature is activated which adds several Wilds to the playing field by way of a ghostly dragon. I found this to be perhaps the most striking and beautiful aspect of the game. Meanwhile, the background shows us a traditional Japanese mountain range with a setting sun behind it.

Symbols

Sakura Dragon has a moderate selection of symbols, divided up in the usual high-paying and low-paying categories. While the low-paying symbols only payout with three or more on a payline, the high-paying symbols only need two or more. I thought this was a nice touch.

The symbols are from highest to lowest:

  • Bonus: With 3 or more Bonus symbols the Free Spins mode will begin. Max. 50x your bet with five-of-a-kind.
  • Wild: Substitutes all other symbols in the game except the Bonus Symbol. Only appears on reels 2, 3, 4 and 5. Max. 50x your bet with five-of-a-kind on a winning payline.
  • Husband: Max. 25x your bet with five-of-a-kind on a winning payline.
  • Wife: Max. 12.5x your bet with five-of-a-kind on a winning payline.
  • Daughter: Max. 12.5x your bet with five-of-a-kind on a winning payline.
  • Deer: Max. 7.5x your bet with five-of-a-kind on a winning payline.
  • Fox: Max. 7.5x your bet with five-of-a-kind on a winning payline.
  • Ace: Max. 5x your bet with five-of-a-kind on a winning payline.
  • King: Max. 5x your bet with five-of-a-kind on a winning payline.
  • Queen: Max. 5x your bet with five-of-a-kind on a winning payline.
  • Jack: Max. 5x your bet with five-of-a-kind on a winning payline.
  • 10: Max. 5x your bet with five-of-a-kind on a winning payline.
  • 9: Max. 5x your bet with five-of-a-kind on a winning payline.

The payouts per win were pretty high compared to other games but considering the High Volatility that also made sense. I didn’t get a lot of wins but when I did they were often quite high. The biggest factor for that were usually randomly added Wilds.

Features

Talking about randomly added Wilds, Sakura Dragon has a few features worth mentioning. Although there aren’t a lot of features, I found them to add enough to the game to give them merit to exist. All in all the game sticks close to the classic slot experience, however.

  • Wilds: The game adds Wilds to the reels occasionally, substituting all other symbols in the game except the Scatter Symbols.
  • Random Wilds: A special feature, there are 2 dragons on either side of the playing field that can randomly add a series of Wilds to the reels. This can be done by just 1 of the dragons or both at the same time. These Wilds are the same as regular Wilds.
  • Free Spins: With 3 or more Scatter Symbols on the screen at the same time the Free Spins mode triggers. Players can start with up to 20 free spins and it’s possible to add additional free spins during the Free Spins mode.

As you can see, there aren’t a lot of features and the ones that are here will be familiar to even the most casual players. The random wilds were maybe the most interesting aspect of the game. On the one hand, they deliver easily the biggest wins by adding up to 10 or more Wilds to the playing field. On the other hand, they are also the most beautiful part of the slot, with the ghostly dragons snaking their way across the playing field as they deposit lotus flowers that turn into Wilds.

The Free Spins mode was rather unremarkable. I felt like there was no special benefit to getting this mode although it might be possible the Random Wilds showed up more commonly. It was hard to tell for sure however as they can also appear during the base game.

Either way, getting a win was often a big win because of these Wilds and the high payout for winning paylines. Due to the high volatility, I would suggest players tread carefully. I usually start off with betting low amounts to get a feel for the slot and only increase once I have a grasp on how likely and how big wins are.

In Conclusion

Playson delivered another excellent classic slot with Sakura Dragon. The game incorporates beautiful images and a suitably dreamlike soundtrack with pretty standard game experience. The developer continues to appeal to players that enjoy something visually pleasing without altering the gameplay too much.

The few features it did include are subtle and not overbearing but offering the player an opportunity at getting a few big wins. It’s always nice to see your patience be rewarded and getting the Free Spins mode was definitely worth it because of the Random Wilds.

Like I said before, try the slot out first with a few lower bets before you think about increasing them. The High Volatility meant that wins were spaced out quite a lot and it was always a choice between getting bigger numbers and running out of funds. Players can choose a bet anywhere between £0.20 and £100 per spin to make that easier. If the stars align, some players might walk away with the max. win of 750x the bet.

Overall rating:

3.5

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  • Features

    Wins and bets

    RTP (Return to Player):95.3%

    Volatility:High

    Max. win:bet x 750

    Min. bet:£0.2

    Max. bet:£100

    Progressive jackpot:

    Reels & playlines

    Reels:5

    Rows:3

    Non-standard layout:

    Max. lines:15

    Min. lines:15

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    Languages

    You can play Sakura Dragon in English, Finnish, Swedish, German and 18 other languages.

    All supported languages:
    English, Finnish, Swedish, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Danish, Greek, Norwegian, Portuguese, Romanian, Serbian, Turkish, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Indonesian, Thai, Vietnamese

    Currencies

    Sakura Dragon supports GBP, EUR, SEK, NOK and 97 other currencies.

    All supported currencies:
    GBP (£), EUR (€), SEK (kr), NOK (kr), DKK (kr), RUB (₽), CZK (Kč), USD ($), NZD ($), CAD (C$), AUD ($), ZAR (R), UAH (₴), AZN (ман), TMT (m), GEL (ლ), KGS (C), MDL (L), KZT (〒), AMD (Դ), TJS (ЅМ), TRY (₤), MNT (₮), COP ($), XAF (₣), XOF (CFA), BRL (R$), CNY (¥), IRR (﷼), CLP ($), PEN (S/.), ARS ($), VEF (Bs F), MXN ($), UYU ($), HTG (G), PLN (zł), CHF (₣), BGN (лв), HRK (Kn), HUF (Ft), RSD (din), RON (L), ALL (L), BAM (КМ), ISK (Kr), MKD (ден), BOB (Bs.), PYG (₲), UZS (so'm), BDT (৳), VND (₫), KRW (₩), INR (₨), ILS (₪), JPY (¥), MYR (RM), PHP (₱), SGD ($), THB (฿), TWD ($), NGN (₦), ETB (0), EGP (£), CDF (₣), TZS (Sh), SDG (£), KES (Sh), UGX (Sh), GHS (₵), MZN (MTn), AOA (Kz), HKD ($), IDR (Rp), MMK (K), BYN (Br), ZMW (ZK), PKR (₨), KHR (៛), AFN (؋), DZD (DA), AWG (ƒ), BSD (B$), BHD (BD), BBD (Bds$), BZD (BZ$), BMD (BD$), BWP (P), BND (B$), BIF (FBu), CVE (Esc$), KYD (CI$), XPF (₣), KMF (CF), CRC (₡), CUP (₱), DJF (Fdj), DOP (RD$), XCD (EC$), ERN (Nkf)

    Stats

    Release date 04/2019
    19th newest on Playson 651st newest on Bojoko
    RTP 95.3% 0.56% < average
    49th highest on Playson 1,706th highest on Bojoko
    Win up to 750 x your bet
    45th highest on Playson 1,623rd highest on Bojoko
    Paylines 15 25% < average
    34th highest on Playson 1,454th highest on Bojoko
    Min bet £0.2 per spin
    14th lowest on Playson 1,090th lowest on Bojoko
    Max bet £100 per spin
    9th highest on Playson 655th highest on Bojoko
    Rated 0 by 0 members
    3rd most rated on Playson 39th most rated on Bojoko
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    Trystan Michielsen

    Trystan Michielsen

    Trystan Michielsen is a Dutch native who started his career as a content writer for various small businesses who were interested in creating an online presence.

    When the opportunity arose to move to Malta and work in the iGaming sector, Trystan didn't hesitate to make the plunge. Here he worked as a Content and SEO specialist for different companies before moving back home.

    Now acting as a freelancer he maintains his connection with the online slot community by playing and reviewing the wide variety of videoslots that are released.

    Trystan enjoys playing the slots that offer a full experience, focusing on more than just the technical details but keeping an eye on its presentation. Graphics, music and style can create a game that's more than the sum of its parts.

    A writer at heart, putting thoughts to paper is something he's done for as long as he remembers. In his free time, he enjoys writing fiction as well as watching and reviewing movies.

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    Game supplier:Playson

    Release date:04/2019

    RTP (Return to player):95.3%

    Max. win:bet x 750

    Mobile version:Yes

    User rating: 0
    Tester rating: 3.5

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