The Dark Knight by Microgaming, released in 2012, is a hugely successful progressive jackpot slot that features outstanding graphics and sound effects, innovative gameplay and a number of special features including a free spin bonus and stacked wilds.
The Dark Knight is a 243 ways-to-win game, as opposed to a more conventional payline game like most progressive jackpot slots. Players have two coin sizes to choose from – 0.01 or 0.02 – and with 30 ‘paylines’ in play each spin and the option to bet between 1-10 coins per line, the maximum bet ranges between $3.00 – $6.00 (minimum bet is 0.30 per spin). Wins pay out from left to right (with the exception of scatter wins, which pay anywhere on the reels) and are multiplies of the line bet, or the total bet in the case of scatter wins.
Hitting 3x, 4x or 5x Joker wall graffiti scatter symbols anywhere on the reels will automatically activate the 15x free spin bonus round. Multipliers are randomly increased during the feature (between 2x–5x) and up to 5x more free spins can also be won.
If you liked the 2008 film on which it’s based, you’ll love the look and feel of this slot, which captures the mood of the original so well. Featuring cinematic spins, animated characters that roam around outside of the reels, a menacing soundtrack and fast gameplay, this is the most adventurous of all of Microgaming’s progressive jackpot slots. Both Batman and the Joker influence the action of the game by awarding free spins or transforming symbols, while the music soundtrack (adapted from the film) is the perfect accompaniment. If the visual quality of a slot is just as important to you as the gameplay, then this is undoubtedly the game for you.
Access to the progressive jackpot game is randomly triggered, although you have a greater chance of activating it if you’re betting the max. When the bonus feature begins, players see a spinning wheel which is divided into twenty sections, representing the four different jackpots on offer: 1x Mega Jackpot; 3x Major Jackpot; 6x Minor Jackpot; 10x Mini Jackpot. Players select whether they want Batman or the Joker to stop the wheel, and where it ends up determines the size of jackpot that has been won.
All of the four jackpots on The Dark Knight are unlimited in size, but each has a minimum starting point:
Part of the Microgaming Progressive Jackpot Network, the biggest jackpot win on The Dark Knight to date is CAD$9.13 million, and the game features an average Mega Jackpot win of about CAD$4 million.
Aside from the progressive jackpot, there are opportunities for some other significant wins on The Dark Knight. For instance, hitting 15x Batman logo Wild symbols (when each reel becomes a Stacked Wild) can win up to 4,000,000 coins (up to $80,000), while hitting 5x Joker Scatter symbols has a pay out of up to 4,500,000 coins (up to $90,000). During the free spin bonus round, with the 5x multiplier in play, hitting 5x Batman symbols pays up to 100,000 coins (up to $2,000).
Despite being a progressive jackpot slot, The Dark Knight is a low volatility game where there are numerous opportunities to pick up multipliers and free spins rather than entirely separate bonus rounds. The game features a Scatter, Wilds, Expanding Wilds, Stacked Wilds and randomly-generated Wllds, as well as the Wild Re-spin features. The Dark Knight can be played in regular mode or with the Auto-Play feature.