With a unique reel structure and flashy graphics, 3888 Ways of the Dragon is a real looker, but on closer inspection, fails to impress.
3888 Ways of the Dragon has opted for more of a style than a real theme. The game features the titular dragons from Chinese mythology set against a background of digital watercolours depicting cloudy mountains and cherry blossom trees.
On the reels the dragons are joined by frogs and tortoises, coins and precious stones, while in the background Chinese musical instruments play.
Unlike many of iSoftBet’s Asian themed slots, this one lands pretty well in presenting a unique take on a worn-out theme.
With iSoftBet’s usual high standard of art applied to it’s more idiosyncratic design choices, 3888 Ways of the Dragon is a delight at the visual level. More imaginative and stylish than some of the other slots from this particular publisher, 3888 Ways of the Dragon is a really immersive game.
The music lacks some of the creativity shown elsewhere but it perfectly serviceable, as are the sound effects and animations.
Overall, 3888 Ways of the Dragon is a very well presented slot.
3888 Ways of the Dragon gets its name from its any way wins system on the unique 3-6-6-6-6 reel structure. This means wins are generated for symbols anywhere on the reels, provided that they run from leftmost reel to the right and are on consecutive reels.
The reel structure makes for 3,888 ways to win, hence the title.
On top of this are a few bonus features designed to spice things up (details below).
Overall, the novelty factor helps to sell what might otherwise have been rather standard gameplay.
The Wild symbols substitute for all other symbols apart from the Bonus symbol.
Three or four Bonus symbols anywhere on the reels will trigger eight free spins and eighteen free spins respectively.
During any random spin a Dragon Spin can be triggered. When this occurs, three to eight wilds are added to the reels at random, and the winnings recalculated.
The return to player of this game is 95.95%, which is very close to our yardstick of roughly 96% for average.
The range of bets on the site we tested ran from a minimum of $/£/€0.30 to a maximum bet per spin of $/£/€150.00.
The volatility of this game is medium-high, which will work alright with our preferred strategies although we might be happier with higher volatility given the average-looking return to player.
3888 Ways of the Dragon has a lot of style visually and just enough of a twist in its gameplay to get its players intrigued.
However, in most other ways it tends to be a bit average. RTP and volatility are underwhelming and the bonuses are a bit basic.
That is not to say we can’t recommend 3888 Ways of the Dragon, but that recommendation could be a fair bit stronger.