Casino Game Review: Dragon Tao (AGS)

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The Dragon Tao Imperial 88 title screen.
BetMGM Sep 12, 2023, 11:55 AM

This Chinese-themed Dragon Tao slot game, the second in AGS’s Imperial 88 family, will bring you an enchanting online slots experience through 1,024 ways to win and a return to player (RTP) of 96.18% with high volatility. Read on to discover what this game holds in store for you.

Game Overview

Although Dragon Tao holds its own with other big jackpot slots, its base game with five reels and a multiplier feature that offers winnings up to a maximum of 288x is sufficiently exciting to keep you playing. Its traditional Chinese symbols and soundtrack (which has no volume options, just mute or unmute) make it a vibrant game amongst the many online slot machines out there. Its four levels of jackpot, combined with its wilds and scatters, make this a rewarding slot game.

How To Play

Once you’ve set your stakes, which range from 0.88–88, you must land three of a kind on adjacent reels across all five reels (or only two if you land the samurai warrior) for a win. If you line up five, all the better. Finding the bonus scatter can take the maximum win multiplier up to 440x your stake. The warrior, ring, and dagger are high-scoring symbols, with the necklace, parchment scroll, and bag next in value. The traditional card symbols are the lowest-scoring across the reels, with an 8x–38x multiplier value attached to them.

The dragon symbol is the wild and substitutes for all others, with the exception of the pearl and bonus scatter.

Any number of other combinations offer payouts, so check the paytable before you start and watch out for the right alignment of symbols. Knowing what the stakes are and what you stand to win or lose is a good place to start if you’re looking for ways to boost your odds. Plus, practice makes perfect, so keep spinning.


When opening Dragon Tao, you’re immediately struck by the rich red and gold backdrop, both auspicious colors in Chinese culture.

The pagoda-style palace, which is strung with Chinese lanterns, lights the reels, and to their right, the fearsome samurai warrior and dragon look set to go to battle. The graphics are rich in eastern symbolism and include scrolls, pearls, daggers, and jewelry. The soundtrack complements the ambience of the imagery.


Dragon Tao doesn’t have the widest range of additional slots bonus features, but offers opportunities to earn free spins when you find the scatter symbol three times. Initially, the game gives you six free spins, but you can trigger more as you go along. Win multipliers are 2x, 3x, and 8x, with a possible 88x for any of the winning combinations that include a wild. Remember to check the paytable.

Other features include the four-level Imperial Jackpot and a Hold and Win option. Read on for more information on these.

Bonuses and Jackpots

In Dragon Tao, the Hold and Win feature is activated by six luminescent pearls and gets you five free spins, with more added for every pearl that lands during this phase. When you run out of respins, the game pays out the total value of the pearls on display.

The Imperial Jackpot is triggered randomly on any regular spin in the base game if the scatter symbol is present. The jackpot takes you to a screen where you’ll find 13 gold coins (here’s where 13 is a lucky number) which represent mini, minor, major, or grand prizes. Choose which ones to turn, and if you find three of a kind, this is where you could win the biggest with a 440x payout. It might not be the most generous of the big jackpot slots, but it’s still worth a spin.

Similar Games

Other slot games with themes inspired by East Asia include Treasure Box Dynasty, King of Dragon, and China Shores. If it’s lucky numbers that appeal, try 3 Tiny Gods, 7s on Fire Power Mix, or 88 Fortunes, and see which of these numbers do indeed have magical qualities. If you’re looking for a wider variety of games and are looking for a different theme, there’s Baking Bonanza, where you’ll find recipes as well as some great prizes and Trump vs Hillary, which takes a jab at politics. You could also find some seasonal delights with Christmas Bonanza, or take a safari to the Dark Continent with Animals of Africa.

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