Film Inspires The Dark Knight Rises Slot
Slot tie-ins to blockbuster movies are hotly bid for, and the task of turning the DC Comics title The Dark Knight Rises, Christopher Nolan’s final Batman film, into a slot went to Microgaming. The designers did not have to come up with much original material. The five reels, framed as an ornate Batman mini-communicator against a grey concrete backdrop, take their icons directly from the film. The movie soundtrack also serves as the background music, enhancing the tension, and the film-still icons animate as actual clips from the film when involved in wins.
The Dark Knight Rises slot uses Microgaming’s 243 Ways to Win system, so there are no pay lines. Instead, consecutive matching symbols on any of the three windows on each reel can combine to form combos, as long as the match starts on Reel 1 and continues unbroken through adjacent reels. Instead of choosing how many pay lines to bet on, the player can adjust the total bet per spin, which adjusts the pay table accordingly. Prizes given as examples below are in credits, which can be multiplied by one-thirtieth of the total bet per spin to calculate the actual prize for a winning combo.
Ten Ordinary Symbols in Play
The Dark Knight Rises slot uses four poker symbols, J, Q, K and A, designed as glowing letters stamped into the concrete background. For three, four of five of a kind, they win between 5 and 150 credits.
The six medium- and high-value icons are all characters from The Dark Knight Rises film; in ascending order of value, they are Commissioner Gordon, Miranda Tate, Sergeant Blake, Catwoman, Bane and Batman. These symbols also require three matches or better to win prizes; three Commissioner Gordons win 10 credits, while five Batmans win 500 credits.
Expanding Wild on Reel Three
The familiar stylised Batman glyph, the film’s logo, is the Wild in The Dark Knight Rises slot. Along with its usual substitution function in any position on a combo, and its ability to win its own prizes in combos of three or more Wilds, when the Wild occurs anywhere on Reel 3, it can expand to cover the entire reel, enhancing the winning possibilities.
Multiple Bonus Features Included
The Dark Knight Rises slot has two bonus features that can be triggered at random after any spin that does not produce a win. In the Free Spins Accumulator, Batman and Bane cross the screen in an animated fight, kicking and punching extra free spins and bonus multipliers off the reels, to come into play later during the free spins round. In the Symbol Scramble feature, after a losing spin the icons will be rearranged at random on the reels to see if any wins result.
The high-tech nuclear bomb from the film serves as The Dark Knight Rises slot’s Scatter, and two or more in any position wins an immediate multiplier of the spin wager, starting at X1, and rising to X50 for five Scatters. Three or more Scatters also trigger a round of free spins; players must choose between the Bane and Batman characters, which sets the number of free spins they get and the multiplier that will be applied to wins. They can also choose between Rolling Reels, Super Stacked Wilds, Extra Wild Blast and Heat Seeking Wilds, all of which add lucrative extra bonuses to the free spins rounds on mobile devices.