A Review of The Dark Knight by Microgaming

The Dark Knight is the latest Microgaming online slot to be based upon a major movie franchise. This time it is Batman, and specifically the modern Dark Knight movies. Graphically it is impressive, as we have come to expect of Microgaming developed video slot games, but is it good enough to replace the Lord of the Rings online slot which is being phased out soon? We take a look below.

The Dark Knight Primary Game Details

  • Software: Microgaming
  • Reels: 5
  • Lines: 243
  • Coin Values: 0.01 to 0.02
  • Max Bet: 6.00
  • Max Coins/Line: 5
  • Jackpot: 2000
  • Progressive: Yes
  • Bonus Round: No
  • Free Spins: Yes
  • Multipliers: No
  • Scatters: Yes
  • Gamble: No

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The Dark Knight Slot Full Review

The Dark Knight follow what has come to be the standard Microgaming format for themed online slots. Namely, 5 reels and no pay lines. Instead, symbols pay from left to right, and have a set 243 possible winning combinations. The minimum bet is 1 coin and the maximum bet is 10 coins. The Dark Knight video slot features wild symbols, free spins, a scatter symbol and a progressive jackpot.

The graphics look great, although we have only seen a preview of this new video slot as it is not available to play yet. This means we cannot really comment on the soundtrack, although we are sure it is up to the usual high Microgaming standards.

Microgaming state the reason for the development of The Dark Knight was to fill the requirement of a new licensing deal. However, we suspect that with the license for Lord of the Rings about to run out, they were looking for an online slot which could take its place.

Progressive Jackpot:

OK this is where The Dark Knight really becomes quite interesting. It has four separate progressive jackpot pools. The mega progressive, major progressive, minor progressive and mini progressive. This is actually pretty cool, as it means that players have a much higher chance of hitting a jackpot win, although the chances are it will be one of the smaller progressive jackpots.

Wild Symbol:

The wild symbol is represented by The Dark Knight video slot logo, as we have come to expect from Microgaming. This works in two ways. Firstly it acts as a normal wild symbol, substituting for wins. Secondly, it acts as a megawild or stacked wild at random times during gameplay. This is great, stacked wilds are usually an indication of a frequently paying online slot.

Scatter Symbol:

The scatter symbol is depicted by a strange amalgamation of the batman logo and the jokers face paint, which combines to make a smiley face, very odd indeed. The scatter symbol works in the tried and tested way of giving a double stake win for two symbols, and triggering the free spins feature for three or more scatter symbols anywhere on the reels.

Free Spins:

The free spins feature is triggered by three or more scatter symbols, and when activated can offer up to 15 free spins, depending upon the number of scatter symbols triggering it. Free spins start at a 2x multiplier, which can increase during the free spins. Whilst the free spins feature is active, The Dark Knight logo acts as a stacked wild, boosting free spin wins even higher, so a real chance at some great wins.