Some of the most popular new pokies at online casinos are those that tie into film franchises. This is especially true when the films in question are recent and extraordinarily successful: a poker machine tied to such a property is a sure-fire recipe for success. That’s why The Dark Knight poker machine – available now at Royal Vegas Casino – has been one of the most anticipated games of the year. At Royal Vegas, The Dark Knight can be played for free or real money. Australian players can also play with AUD.
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In case you missed it, The Dark Knight was the critically-acclaimed 2008 Batman film that started Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne (and, of course, Batman). While the film was almost universally praised, it was especially noted for the performance of Heath Ledger as the Joker, one of Ledger’s last roles – and one that would earn him the Best Actor International Award at the 2008 Australian Film Institute Awards, as well as a Best Supporting Actor Oscar.
Since then, excitement from the third film in the current Batman trilogy (which began with Batman Begins in 2005), The Dark Knight Rises, has kept it going. That film came out in July 2012 – and The Dark Knight pokie keeps up with the trilogy.
The Dark Knight is a five-reel poker machine that doesn’t rely on the typical payline system. Instead, it uses the increasingly popular alternative “all ways” (a.k.a. 243 Ways) system in which players pay one flat price and receive every possible winning combination. Since there are five reels and three positions on each reel, there are 243 possible winning combinations – leading to the name “243 Ways” that you’ll see throughout the game.
The best thing about this system is that you no longer have to wonder whether the arrangement of symbols on the screen fits one of a handful of predetermined paylines. Instead, as long as the same symbol appears on at least the first three reels, you’ll be certain to win a prize.
And this game definitely has a lot of symbols to match. Most pokies have maybe five or ten different symbols that award instant prizes, but The Dark Knight online pokie features 14 different prize-winning symbols, ranging from tens through aces at the low end to nine different characters that award larger prizes. You’ll see portraits taken right from the movie, featuring characters like Commissioner Gordon, Harvey Dent, the Joker and (of course) Batman. It’s Batman who offers the largest prizes, with his payouts ranging as high as 2,000 credits if you can match five on a single spin.
There are two special symbols that offer additional ways to win. First, there’s the customary wild symbol – in this case, the Batman logo. This wild can substitute for any of the regular symbols in the game, as well as win its own prizes (which are the same size as the regular Batman prizes). To make it a bit more interesting, the wilds are also stacked on every reel, meaning it’s possible to fill an entire reel with wild symbols if they land just right.
Other special features in The Dark Knight are more randomly discovered, and aren’t tied to specific symbols. One of the most entertaining aspects of this machine is the appearances made by the Joker and Batman. The adversaries can show up at random on any spin, and usually serve to give you some extra wild symbols on the reels, or award you with an instant prize. A little extra cash is always nice, so you should always be happy to see either the hero or the villain on the screen!
Even more lucrative is the progressive jackpot bonus round. This game is also randomly triggered, and can be reached at the end of any spin. In this game, players are presented with a large jackpot wheel with the Batman standing on one side, and the Joker waiting on the other. You must pick one of the two to represent you in the jackpot game, as each has a spot on the wheel that belongs to them.
After choosing, the wheel will spin, and you’ll win the prize associated with whatever colour slice of the wheel lands on your chosen spot. That could result in any of four different real money jackpots being awarded, ranging from the rather tiny “Mini Jackpot” to the massive “Mega Jackpot,” which is worth millions of dollars. Yes, millions.
If you’re looking for an online pokie that captures The Dark Knight in all its glory, this is the game for you. Everything about the game is designed to bring out the feel of the film, from the cinematic backdrops that give you a breathtaking look through Gotham City to the many clips, sounds, and pictures pulled from the screen and placed into the game.
The Dark Knight is truly a pokie that was made for lovers of the blockbuster film. Luckily though, the developers also took care to make sure that the game was fun and offered the kind of game play that pokies fans could appreciate even if they’d never seen The Dark Knight. With great features and an awesome theme, this is bound to be one of the top new poker machines at Royal Vegas this year.