Dancing Drums

By Shuffle Master

Dancing Drums Slot

Dancing Drums Basic info

Game provider Shuffle Master

Release Date 2017

RTP 96.09%

Popularity High

Min bet $0.88

Max bet $220

Max Win Bet X22000

Gamble Feature 5 Reels, Medium volatility, Wild Symbol, Progressive, Scatter Symbol, Free Spins

Layout 243x5

Devices Mobile

Volatility Medium volatility

Dancing Drums is an immensely popular video slot from Scientific Games, found on the floors of mega casinos in Las Vegas.

This slot is also known as Duo Fu Wa, and although our knowledge of the Chinese language is limited, we suspect this means an extremely cool slot machine.

And cool it is – Dancing Drums is fast-paced, offers great payouts, and is packed with extra features.

Consider the following:

Video slots with a Chinese luck theme and a jackpot game are becoming more popular. Although they often resemble each other, we’re far from tired of them. We think it’s the combination of gold and the chance to win big prizes that makes these slots irresistible.

Similar titles in the Eastern slots genre include 88 Fortunes and the beautiful Fu Dao Le.

How does the Dancing Drums Slot work

Before we explain the bonus games and the jackpot values, let’s cover some basics.

Dancing Drums features a 5×3 reel grid in the base game. There are no fixed paylines; instead, it uses the win-all-ways principle.

The theoretical RTP of the online version of Dancing Drums is 96.06%, significantly higher than the RTP of the same slot in land-based casinos, where you’d be happy to see an RTP of 92%.

The betting range is quite wide, and Dancing Drums is primarily played to win big money. Bets can be placed from £0.88 per spin up to a maximum of £220 per spin.

Symbols and Payouts

All premium symbols (except the drum) appear stacked in the game. The premium symbols consist of five different gold symbols, worth between 2x and 8x the stake for five of a kind. The card symbols 9, 10, J, Q, K, and A have a secondary role in this game, paying out only between 0.15x and 0.20x the stake.

The drums trigger the free spins bonus and also offer substantial payouts: 44x the total bet when you land five.

The wild symbol substitutes all other symbols (including the drum) and can also activate the jackpot game.

Free spins bonus

Activate the free spins bonus by landing at least 3 scattered drums and/or wilds. What’s fun about this free spins bonus is that you get to build it yourself.

You can choose between fewer free spins with more ways to win or more free spins with fewer ways to win. You can also opt for the mystery prize: a mystery number of free spins with a mystery number of ways to win.

These are the options you can choose from:

  1. Option 1: 15 free spins and a 3×5 playing field (243 ways to win)
  2. Option 2: 10 free spins and a 4×5 playing field (1,024 ways to win)
  3. Option 3: 5 free spins and a 5×5 playing field (3,125 ways to win)
  4. Option 4: 3 free spins and a 6×5 playing field (7,776 ways to win)
  5. Option 5: Mystery Pick

Jackpot game

At the top of the screen, you’ll see a pot of gold. When the pot is full (which happens at random moments), you’ve won the Jackpot Bonus game. Hooray!

You’re now guaranteed to win one of the four jackpots: the Mini, the Minor, the Major, or the Grand.

Which one you’ll win is determined by the pick-and-click bonus. Click the golden coins and collect the smiling faces of the toddlers. When you get three of the same, you’ll win the corresponding jackpot.

The Grand is, of course, the jackpot you want to win. With the maximum bet, it’s worth £250,000, but even with the minimum bet, it’s still a substantial £1,000.

What does SlotoTimes think of Dancing Drums

Dancing Drums is a superb video slot where you can win big. We have only one complaint, and that’s the way the screen is set up. Scientific Games insisted on sticking to the format of the land-based slot machine, which means the symbols are quite small. If you’re playing on your phone, you’ll need sharp eyes to see your balance and the amount of your winnings.

It’s a shame, as with a more intelligent screen layout, this slot might have earned the highest score.

Leticia Miranda

Leticia Miranda

Slot Games Analyst

Leticia Miranda is a former gambling reporter who knows everything about slot games and is happy to share her knowledge. She has covered a broad swath of topics and trends on gambling and is always full of new ideas and energy. Leticia also has a master’s degree in journalism from New York University and is passionate about writing.