The Dark Knight Rises pokie review
The Dark Knight Rises pokie review
This slot is not to be confused with The Dark Knight progressive online pokies released by Microgaming in 2008. It was available at Microgaming casinos in 2013, which is not far off the 2012 release of the blockbuster film. It was officially discontinued in June 27, 2016 and is now unavailable to play.
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The Dark Knight Rises gameplay features
Before we delve underneath the surface of this very popular slot, we want to detail the aesthetics and the format.
Graphics and characters
The best part about the Dark Knight slots is that Microgaming have used the actual actors, rather than animations of the characters. Playing with the characters from the movie, rather than the animated characters from the DC comics for example, means those who loved the movie get another fix by playing this poker machine.
These actors include Christian Bale as Batman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt as John Blake, Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle, Gary Oldman as James Gordon, Tom Hardy as Bane, and more. Whenever you win a clip plays featuring the actors performing from the movie.
The graphics are high quality too, with the lower value symbols such as A, K, Q, and J, and the Wild and Scatter symbols still visually appealing.
The sound effects are also incredible, with our favourite part being the bonus round where Bane speaks. Throughout gameplay the backing soundtrack is intense but not over the top, which means we aren’t really that inclined to mute it, which is possible.
We follow the plot of the movie in The Dark Knight Rises pokie and attempt to save Gotham from destruction, though we can choose to follow Batman or Bane, as each offer a differing bonus game. There are a few unique features in the base game too.
243 Ways to Win: The Dark Knight Rises slot has been created so that there are no paylines, rather there are more ways to win, 243 ways to be specific. This means there are three positions on every reel and with five reels this sees three being multiplied five times to get 243 possible ways to win (3 x 3 x 3 x 3 x 3 = 243). This means players don’t have to have all of the paylines activated on The Dark Knight Rises to win the maximum, rather they don’t have to worry about paylines at all.
Tiles Scramble: This feature is activated at random, but only when you don’t win, and sees the symbols or ‘tiles’ scramble to create another chance at a winning spin.
Expanding Wilds: While there is a standard Wild symbol, which is the same blue colour as the lower value symbols and substitutes for all symbols but the Scatter, there is an Expanding Wild too. If you land this symbol on the third reel it will expand over the entire reel. This Wild symbol has a red batman symbol behind the word ‘Wild’.
Free Spins Accumulator: During the base game players can determine how many free spins they will get via the Free Spins Accumulator. If you spin a non-winning spin, Bane and Batman will randomly fight each other across the reels and every blow they get in, you will receive a certain amount of free spins. These will accumulate and then players can get multipliers for the free spins too, though you do need to activate the bonus round to play these spins.
The bonus feature is made up of free spins, and as mentioned above, the amount you get is determined in the base game. To activate the Free Spins Bonus players need to spin at least three Scatter symbols, which are the bomb symbols. Players can then choose to opt for the Batman or the Bane Free Spins.
Batman Free Spins: If you have picked Batman Free Spins then you will be able to play the amount of free spins you earned in the base game, and the multiplier you scored, with the Extra Wild Blast feature and the Heat Seeking Wilds feature. The Extra Wild Blast feature sees players picking what symbols they want to become Wild, while the Heat Seeking Wilds feature sees Wilds splitting into two meaning wins are increased, and there is the chance of landing six Wilds rather than five seeing a huge payout.
Bane Free Spins: Along with the amount of free spins you have earned and the multiplier attached, players are granted Rolling Reels and Super Stacked Wilds in the Bane Free Spins bonus, which appear on the second and fourth reels. The Rolling Reels feature means when you win these symbols disappear and are replaced for another chance at a winning combination, while the Super Stacked Wilds cover the entire reel for a potentially huge payout.
Both offer an equal chance of winning, it just comes down to whether you prefer Batman or Bane, or you prefer the features in either bonus round more so than the other when playing out your free spins.
CasinoSites verdict on The Dark Knight Rises
This pokie has to be one of our favourites available on the Web. Not only is it visually appealing, featuring all of our favourite actors and characters from The Dark Knight Rises blockbuster, but it also offers 243 ways to win and a unique way of playing the pokies.
While we generally prefer a free spins round and then another separate bonus round, the number of features in this slot including all the different Wild symbols makes up for this. The Free Spins Accumulator also appeals to those who like playing for longer periods of time. Overall, this slot from Microgaming has to be one of the best.
Where to play
The Dark Knight Rises has unfortunately been discontinued by Microgaming and went offline as of June 27, 2016. This is most likely due to the expiration of the license needed to use the Batman film property in an online pokies game. There are still many other great Batman-themed pokies to play from other developers, including a more classic take on the Dark Knight by NextGen which you can read the review of here.