Microgaming has been the biggest online casino software provider since they first opened for business in the mid-1990s, and they're still on top now. Titles like Dragon Dance illustrate a lot of the reasons why they've maintained such a level of dominance. While this game has a somewhat generic Asian kind of theme, they've integrated such high-quality graphics and atypical features that you'll have a really great time playing it. This gameplay-driven approach is typical of Microgaming, and it shows that they're capable of making awesome titles without needing the help of big brands from television, movies, etc.
The basic format is one that Microgaming uses a lot: five reels, three rows and the 243-ways layout. The 243-ways approach is common for Microgaming because they tie it into the value that their features give more often than not, and that's definitely the case here. You make wins by lining up one symbol anywhere on each reel, left-to-right only, and this makes it really easy to hit a lot of small and medium wins. There is also a variety of bet sizes available so that everyone from the penny players to the high rollers have bet sizes that work out well.
The graphical appeal of Dragon Dance is all about a number of different Asian-inspired dragons on the reels. These make up all of the main symbols. In addition to this, you'll also have the A, K, Q, J, 10 and 9 symbols on the reels as well as the low-paying symbols. What's important to note is that they haven't been lazy with these symbols like you see from other providers. Instead, they've been stylized in ways that make a lot of sense and that add to the overall visual effect of the game.
The bonus feature that you'll see the most allows you to pay for re-spins. However, you'll be paying for spinning a single reel at a time while all other reels stay in place. This is a cool and atypical approach to bonus features, but you have to realize that the amount you have to pay for the spins will vary according to the symbols on the reels.
In addition to this, three or more of the scattered bonus feature anywhere on the reels will give you a set of free spins. You lose the re-spin option during these free spins, but that's okay because all of your payouts are worth three times their normal amount thanks to a sizable multiplier. Overall, this is a game driven by an atypical feature that will give players a solid experience.