The action here takes place on 2 different sets of reels. On the left is the main 5 reel, 4 row machine. To the right, a 5 reel 12 row Colossal Reels set up. On the reels you’ll see playing card suits plus jade statues, golden dragons and male and female characters in traditional Chinese dress. The best paying symbols are the green dragon and the dragon face (which looks a bit like Chewbacca from Star Wars). Land 5 of the latter for a payout of 5 times your total stake. These latter 2 symbols spin in stacked formation.
The black and white yin/yang symbol is the wild. When this lands 4 high on the main set all 12 positions on the corresponding position on the colossal reels also turn wild. Forbidden Dragons comes with a single feature round.
The Free Spins Bonus feature is triggered by landing 3 or more of the Bonus symbol on the same spin over both sets of reels:
- 3 bonus symbols = 2 times stake payout plus 8 free spins
- 4 bonus symbols = 5 times stake payout plus 12 free spins
- 5 or 6 bonus symbols = 20 times stake payout plus 20 free spins
Hope to see plenty of wins on the colossal reels during the feature as they are boosted by a 5x multiplier. The wild transfers are in play during the bonus round too.
Forbidden Dragons was one of the first colossal reels slot games to hit live casinos. This online version is a perfectly solid adaptation. The visuals are typical of a WMS slot game and lack the HD shine which you’ll find in titles from some developers. The soundtrack is rather good though.
The gameplay on the 2 reels can take a little getting used to. Once you’ve got accustomed to the unusual set up, it’s all pretty straightforward. It is medium to high variance with potential payouts of 2,500 times your stake on every free spin. If you like Chinese-themed slot games, then Forbidden Dragons is certainly worth a look. If Colossal Reels titles are appealing, Apollo God of the Sun by Novomatic is recommended.