The Dark Knight
Based on the 2008 film of the same name The Dark Knight is probably the most ambitious progressive jackpot pokie to date. Launched by Microgaming its a 4-tier progressive jackpot pokie with impressive cinematic visuals that provides players with a number of ways to win.
How To Play
The Dark Knight is a 5-reel, 243 ways to win progressive jackpot pokie with a number of bonus features and randomly triggered prizes. There are two coin values ($0.01 and $0.02) and a minimum bet size of $0.30 (a 30-line bet is required to activate all ways to win). Up to 10x coins can be played per line, meaning the maximum bet ranges from $0.30 – $6.00. All wins are multiplied by the number of coins staked per line.
Symbols and Paylines
- Batman logo is wild and and substitutes for all other symbols (except for scatter)
- Joker wall graffiti symbol is scatter
- Batman animated figure appears randomly and can turn 3 reels into expanding wilds
- Joker animated figure appears randomly and multiples any win x2 – x5
- 5 x scatter symbol = 4,500 coins ($90,000)
- 5 x wild symbol = 20,000 coins
Graphics and Sounds
The Dark Knight is visually impressive with cinematic spins, animated Batman and Joker figures, and symbols featuring characters from the film, which become video excerpts on wins. The accompanying soundtrack is similarly film like with a throbbing electronic background soundscape that becomes a full score during the free spin feature. The look of this game represents a progression in gaming design, as marked as the difference between the film and the high-camp Batman TV series of the 1960s.
The Dark Knight is part of the Microgaming Progressive Jackpot Network, and so provides players with the opportunity of winning enormous jackpots with a player from the UK winning $3.25 million in February 2013.
The progressive jackpot feature is randomly triggered, like X-Men another super hero slot, but the higher the bet the greater your chances of winning. When the jackpot round is triggered, a game-show type wheel appears on a separate screen. The wheel is divided into 20 segments (1 x Mega Jackpot; 3x Major Jackpot; 6x Minor Jackpot; 10x Mini Jackpot), each in its own colour. Players choose between Batman and the Joker as to who will ‘spin’ the wheel for them; the wheel is then spun and where it stops determines which of the four progressive jackpots have been won. If it stops on the Mega Jacpot segment then you’re an instant millionaire!
The Dark Knight is innovative in that, rather than full bonus rounds, the game’s emphasis is on ongoing and randomly triggered bonus features, that both enhance the gaming action and increase players’ opportunities to win.
- Stacked wilds where 3 wilds fill the entire reel
- 15x free spins feature where wins can be multiplied by x2, x3, x4, x5
- Can be played in regular or expert mode