Based on the 2008 instalment of Batman movies, game makers Playtech have produced The Dark Knight, a six-reel pokie with 50 possible paylines. With characters and symbols from the big screen, you’re bound to recognise some familiar faces while you give the reels a spin. Read our full review below.
How does it look?
The Dark Knight pokie has great graphics and stunning visuals, which is no surprise considering it is an offering from DC Comics and Playtech. A silhouette of the iconic bat symbol sits atop the reels, with the pokie name written across it mirroring the logo for the movie. The sky is an eerie dark blue, and we are given a bird's eye view of Gotham City which filled with tall buildings, barely lit in an orange glow from street lights below. Upon closer inspection, you realise that you have been given a point-of-view shot from Batman’s perch at the top of the highest building in Gotham while he looks to keep the city safe.
On the reels, the characters are given the main six spots, while the others are made up of playing card symbols Q, K and A. These act as the lower-paying symbols and fit right in between some of the faces that can provide big money. Fans of the movie will recognise love interest Rachel Dawes, played by Maggie Gyllenhaal; Aaron Eckhart's Harvey Dent/Two-Face; Commissioner Jim Gordon played by Gary Oldman; and the infamous Bruce Wayne portrayed by Christian Bale. Bale’s Batman also features alongside the late Heath Ledger's Joker. The final two characters act as more than just high-paying symbols; they are the key to one of the great features that the pokie has to offer.
For those who are pros at pokie playing, there will be no problem figuring out how to start playing. Those who are new to pokies should still find it simple thanks to the easy-to-follow command buttons situated below the reels. The 50 paylines are fixed and cannot be adjusted, but players can choose how much to stake per spin. This can be done by clicking onto the plus and minus buttons in order to select a minimum of 0.20 or a maximum of 15.00 as their total bet.
Those who don’t like waiting around for the reels to spin can take advantage of the Turbo option, which sees the reels spin much faster than usual. There is also an Autoplay option where players can select between 5 and 99 spins, or set it to stop only when a feature is triggered.
To find out the importance of each symbol and look into the features, players can click on the information icon, where the paytable and pokie instructions will be explained. All that is left to do is spin the reels, which can be done by clicking onto the bat symbol spin button.
One of the best things about this pokie is the inclusion of several features, some of which will trigger small clips from the movie. This means that even those who have not seen the film will gain a little more understanding of the context and character personality when playing.
The bat symbol acts as the Wild, and it will substitute for all other symbols minus the two bonuses. The blue The Dark Knight Free Games symbol appears only on reels 2 and 3, while the green Agent of Chaos Free Games symbol will appear on reels 4 and 5. If you find two of the same bonus symbols on simultaneous reels, you will be rewarded with seven free spins. In addition, The Dark Knight bonus sees the Batman symbol turning into a Wild and locking on screen, whilst the Agent of Chaos bonus allows extra-large joker symbols to land on the reels to create more wins.
One of the other features includes respins that can be gained in two ways. The Batman symbol may appear stacked on the first reel, which will trigger the respin round. In this round, a coin is tossed with the fate of the round depending on which side it lands. Land on Batman and you can continue spinning, but the feature will end if you land on the Joker's side. Respins can also be triggered by stacking Jokers appearing on reel 6. The same rules apply, but in this case, respins will only continue when the coin lands in the Joker's favour, with Batman’s side of the coin forcing the end of the feature.
The final feature is a big one. At any time, a progressive jackpot can be triggered, giving players the opportunity to win either a mini, minor, major or grand jackpot. For this to happen, players must find a set amount of colours in order to win the corresponding jackpot. Two green symbols mean that you win the mini jackpot, three blue symbols get you the minor, four yellows nab you the major, and five red symbols award you the grand jackpot. If you are lucky enough to trigger the jackpot game, you are guaranteed to go home with one of the four jackpots on offer.
The Dark Knight is a mid-level pokie that keeps you hooked thanks to its impressive features. It can be played on desktop, mobile and tablet all for free, just like the many pokies available here at Online Pokies 4U, so you don’t need to worry about splashing your cash. It has some great graphics that are made even better with clips from the movie being included, and it is a really enjoyable pokie to play. Give it a go yourself to see if you can help The Dark Knight keep Gotham City safe.
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