The Sakura Dragon slot game certainly has a visual appeal to it, with pleasant pink shades creating an immersive, slightly dreamy atmosphere. The reels are framed by what looks like a wooden pagoda, and are set in front of a mystical scene where the dominant colours are pastel shades of pink and purple. Two dragons sit either side of the reels, adding a nice touch of atmosphere and calling to mind the title of the game.
The musical soundtrack is predictably Japanese influenced, with flutes playing slightly eerie notes that call to mind soothing mountain breezes. You almost expect a Shinto mystic to start intoning words of minimalist wisdom over the music, as it sounds a lot like something you might hear before a talk on Japanese philosophy. It is certainly much more pleasant to listen to than most of the music that you encounter on slots, and we found ourselves letting it play rather than reaching for the mute button after 30 seconds.
Watch out for Wild Blossoms
As well as the music, there is a clicking sound that appears when the reels spin, as well as tiny flourish that plays when a win appears on the reels. The clicking can become a little irritating after a while, though some might argue that it adds a touch of atmosphere. The sound effects certainly have a high quality feel to them, though, something that is matched by the design of the symbols on the reels. The lower value symbols are playing card values that run from 9 through to A. These are written in Japanese style script and are of various colours. The higher value symbols are pretty detailed and appealing in terms of their appearance. You will see a fox, a deer, a Japanese girl with a parasol, a Japanese woman with a fan, and a Japanese man in traditional dress. They look pretty classy and we were impressed with the overall quality of the graphics on the high value symbols
The wild symbol is the Sakura cherry blossom, beautifully rendered in pink. This appears on reels 2,3 4 and 5 and can substitute for all symbols to create winning lines for you, except the bonus symbol. The bonus symbol is also pink, and depicts a peaceful Japanese mountain scene with a pagoda. If 3 or more of them appear on the reels then you will trigger the free spins bonus feature, something that we’ll take a look at next.