5 Dragons is one of the most loved slot games developed by Aristocrat. You will hardly find a club or casino around the world without the 5 Dragons pokies machine. The online game is as good as it gets for an old school pokies game. It is a land-based slot game with a difference.

Unlike the usual slot games, in this game, there are no paylines whatsoever and that’s what makes the game even more challenging than its contemporaries. The game has an Asiatic origin with symbols like dragons, tigers, turtles ruling the reels. Each time you get a winning combination, a dragon bursts out into flames. The graphics and the sounds effects are equally enjoyable.

5 Dragons pokies has a RTP of 95.17%, a 5 x 3 reel format, a medium to high variance and 25 paylines. *This info may change depending on the exact version*


  • The most important symbols are koi, turtles, red packets, tigers, coins, dragons and the card values like A, K, Q, J, 10, 9.
  • All wins begin with the left reel and they pay from left to right including Scatters.
  • Coinciding wins are added. Scatter wins are also added.
  • The total bet equals to the number on the bet button multiplied by the amount on the reel button.
  • You will be paid the highest win per winning combo on the bought reels only.
  • All the scatter wins multiplied by the total amount get staked.
  • Ante Bet does not count towards Scatter win multiplier.


You have to choose your desired number of reels and then choose the bet per reel to start the game. You are expected to bet at least 25 credits. The minimum bet is 25 cents while the maximum bet can go up to $100. The golden coins are the SCATTER symbols while the golden dragons are the WILD symbols for 5 Dragon. The Reel Power feature offers up to 243 ways to win this game.

  • Free Spins Feature –  You need 3 or more SCATTER symbols to win free spins. When you do, a second screen displays five options. All options have a different color dragon (white, red, black, blue, yellow) with different free spins. The higher spins you choose, the smaller the multiplier will be.
  • Red Packet Feature – When you are playing a free game, you may be lucky enough to get a RED PACKET symbol on reel 1 and 5. If this happens, you get a bonus prize of 50, 20, 15, 10, 5 or 2.
  • Ante Bet – The Ante button is another unique feature of 5 Dragons. It is one of the first slot games to use this feature. While spinning, you have the options to hit ‘5 Reels + Extra’ button. This increases your overall payout percentage as the game progresses.


5 Dragons is quite volatile as compared to the other slot games by Aristocrat and that’s what makes this game even more fun. You get to wager on the winning combinations that is a very welcome change from betting on paylines. The Ante bet option really increases your chance to enhance your payouts potentially.

This game was one of the first games to make its transition from poker machines to online gaming and winning with real money (or even for free if you are not willing to spend the money) You  cannot get more fun than 5 Dragons pokies!

NB – this is generic review & several different game versions on 5 Dragons do exist. This one can be played for free on iPad, iPhone and Android also with no Aristocrat apps.

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