Nolimit City has come a long way in the last twelve months. As predicted, 2019 was to be a breakout year of sorts for the Swedish developer who promised to double their games portfolio to 24 by releasing a new title every month. They have done just that with their December release, Dragon Tribe, a game which sees the (relatively) fledgeling company end the year on a high.
Full of hellfire and scary cartoon beasts, this Dragon themed slot lives up to its name; it is a highly volatile beast which can set the reels on fire with wins of up to 27,000x possible.
Dragon Tribe employs a cascading reel mechanic with reaction wins. The slot consists of 6 reels with 4 symbols per reel giving up to 4,096 ways to win each spin. The game also contains a new reel modifying feature Nolimit has named xWays® which allows up to 4 reels to increase to 6 symbols, therefore increasing the possible pay ways to 20,736. The biggest wins come from a choice of two scatter triggered free spins rounds, on more volatile than the other. The ‘Extreme’ free spins are where the biggest wins of all lie, as they use both xWays® and xNudge®, Nolimit’s other innovation which create win multipliers of up to 24x.
Dragon Tribe comes with a variable RTP of between 95.97% and 96.06% with the bonus rounds offering the slightly higher returns. You can play Dragon Tribe from €0.20 to €100 per spin.
Design & Symbols
Dragon Tribe is a good looking slot, certainly one of Nolimit City’s more impressive releases, visually. The reels are set at the entrance of a stone lair, and the symbols made from blocks of stone. A dry and barren landscape is visible beyond the lair with fires raging all around and pterodactyls flying above. In front of the lair lay gold coins & treasure, reward for anyone who might brave the fiery Dragon’s Den. The soundtrack is suitably tense, dramatic, and fantastical – perfect for a fiery, fantasy-themed slot.
Low value symbols are the standard 9-A playing card values. High value symbols are blue, turquoise, green, yellow, and orange dragons. The highest value symbol is the heroine dragon-slayer which awards 3.75x the stake for 6 symbols on adjacent rows. The xNudge® wild is a falling dragon’s egg, the xWays® mystery symbol is a fire cross, and the scatter is a blue diamond egg.
- Cascade wins
- xWays® Mystery Symbols
- xNudge® Wild
- Dragon Spins
- Dragon Spins Extreme
After a win lands, the winning symbols disappear to be replaced by symbols cascading from above. Any new win created by this process allows the cycle to repeat. These wins are known as ‘Reaction Wins’ and they continue until no new win is created. At this point, a new spin begins.
xWays® Mystery Symbol
An xWays symbol reveals both a random mystery symbol and also acts as a reel expander, transforming from a single symbol into 2 or 3 identical regular symbols. The maximum height a reel can expand to is 6 symbols.
Wherever an xNudge Wild lands, it drops down to thi wile bottom of the reel before transforming into a fully wild reel. The number of steps the xNudge Wild takes to reach the bottom of the row is then added in the form of a win multiplier. For example, if the wild lands on the second row of a reel it falls three steps to the bottom and therefore becomes a 3x multiplier wild. As up to 4 reels can expand up to 6 symbols the maximum multiplier on a reel is 6x. Multipliers can work together and if more than one form part of a win then the multipliers add together to a maximum of 24x.
Three bonus scatter symbols triggers a choice of two free spins rounds with 10 spins; Dragon Spins and Dragon Spins Extreme. Any additional bonus symbol awards 3 extra spins.
Dragon Spins are the less volatile of the two choices but still offer wins of up to 11,000x the bet size as well as more wins. Dragon Spins also feature xNudges.
During both the free spins rounds, each of the four dragons turns wild once they have appeared in three winning cascades. Two dragon spins are awarded each time a dragon turns wild.
Dragon Spins Extreme
27,000x the bet size can be won playing the more volatile of the free spins rounds, although wins are less frequent. Dragon Spins Extreme offer both xWays and xNudges, with a minimum of one xWays Mystery Symbol guaranteed on each initial cascade in Dragon Spins Extreme.
Our Thoughts on Dragon Tribe
Dragon Tribe is one of Nolimit City’s most ambitious releases, and certainly puts some of their other games firmly in the shade. Both the xNudge and xWays features work well in combination with the cascading symbols mechanic to offer good wins, even during the base game. The dragon spin features are tough to trigger but they can both be highly rewarding. Being able to choose your volatility during the bonus round should also widen the appeal of Dragon Tribe.
This is a great game and a great end to the year for Nolimit City.