AGS

This game makes full use of the premium marquee-style Orion cabinet, in a game centered on red and white dragons that fill up the distinctive 42-inch flat-screen monitor in high-definition color.

Orion’s side frame lighting changes according to different events in the game, which enhances the screen display.

River Dragons is a five-reel “ways-to-win” video slot in the AGS “PowerXStream” format, in this case on a 3-4-4-4-3 reel array (three reel spots on each of the outer reels, four on the three inner reels). There are no paylines, with wins registered by adjacent symbols. In this configuration, that’s 576 possible ways to win on every spin.

During the base game, bonus symbols on the second and third reels trigger a feature called “Reel Surge.” The three inner reels grow randomly between one and four additional rows, to a maximum 3-8-8-8-3 array. Pays are evaluated after the growth is complete. If additional bonus symbols appear on a Reel Surge, they are factored into the number of free spins the player is awarded.

In the free-spin bonus, reels only grow one level on any Reel Surge.

Bonus symbols on each of the middle reels trigger eight free spins, and the bonus round can be retriggered up to a maximum of 128 free spins.

Finally, the game features two mystery progressive jackpots—they will hit randomly on an active spin, regardless of the resulting reel combination. They are both “Must Hit By” jackpots—each meter displays the level at which the jackpot is guaranteed to hit, adding to player anticipation and potentially resulting in doses of jackpot fever as it approaches the must-hit level. The secondary progressive resets at $200 and must hit before or when it reaches $500. The top progressive resets at $4,000 and must hit by $5,000.

Manufacturer: AGS
Platform: Orion
Format: Five-reel, 576-ways-to-win video slot
Denomination: .01
Max Bet: 880
Top Award: $5,000
Hit Frequency: Approximately 35%
Theoretical Hold: 5%-14%

Author: GGB Staff

Staff writers for Global Gaming Business magazine, Las Vegas, Nevada.