The wait is over – The Dark Knight slot machine is now available at Microgaming casino sites. This Batman-themed slot machine, which is heavily based on the feature film The Dark Knight, has been long awaited by both fans of the movie and slot machine players who were waiting to see just what Microgaming could do with this valuable franchise.
Based on how the game has been received upon release, it looks like Microgaming might have a hit on their hands. The Dark Knight is a five-reel, “243 ways” slot machine in which players don’t have to worry about paylines. Instead, as long as the winning symbols appeal on at least three consecutive reels from left to right (starting with the first reel), they always count for a win, regardless of their exact positions. Players have a few different options when it comes to how much they want to spend per spin, but even on the lowest settings, players always have the same ability to win on any “payline.”
Speaking of the symbols, The Dark Knight features a variety of symbols that is almost unmatched in online slots history. Along with the always present aces, kings, and queens, you’ll see the famous faces of nine different characters from the movie (okay, Batman and Bruce Wayne are technically the same character – but you know what we mean). Each of these symbols comes with its own set of prizes, with Batman offering the biggest rewards – up to 2,000 credits if you can hit five of him.
There’s also a Batman logo symbol that acts as the game’s wild, which comes in stacked varieties on each of the game’s five reels. In addition, players can win big with the graffiti scatter, which offers prizes of up to 15,000 credits – the largest standard prize available.
Of course, any game this big is sure to be loaded with special features, and The Dark Knight has some interesting bonuses available to its players. The scatter symbol, for instance, will trigger 15 free spins should you hit three or more of them, and all of these free spins come with a 2x multiplier. In addition, you’ll randomly spot Batman and the Joker appearing on the reels, offering up additional wild symbols, instant prizes, or multipliers on your winnings. These surprise visits really spice up gameplay, and are reminiscent of the Gollum features on Microgaming’s Lord of the Rings slot machine (the game The Dark Knight is said to be replacing). Finally, players also have a random shot at unlocking a progressive jackpot bonus round, where players can potentially win a jackpot worth millions of pounds.
More than just the gameplay elements though, The Dark Knight is a game that really stays true to the atmosphere of the movie it is based on. The cinematic backdrop and clips from the film really add life to the game, and the whole thing feels appropriately dark without forgetting that it is, after all, a game designed to give out big prizes to lucky players. This is a machine that should appeal to most slots fans – but most of all, of course, to those who love The Dark Knight.