The Black Knight is a fictional character who has made an appearance in a number of renowned works. He first appeared in ‘Le Morte d’Arthur’ the classic tale by Edward Mallory about the reign of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, while black knights are also featured in ‘Ivanhoe’ by Sir Walter Scott and ‘Idylls of the King’ by Alfred Lord Tennyson. They are also seen as the inspiration for the Dark Riders in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
This slot follows the medieval theme of the fiction works, featuring a King (Arthur?), a Queen (Guinevere?) and a court jester. You’ll also find a knight chess piece on the reels, both as the feature symbol and as the emblem on a golden ring. This real money slot features both a wild symbol and a free spins round, while impressive wins come your way when the King symbol lands across a win line.
There is no doubt that the highlight of the game is the free spins feature, where you’ll find the largest payouts coming your way. The feature is activated by the distinctive knight chess piece symbol, this golden on a black shield, with a sumptuous purple background. You’ll gain an instant prize when this symbol lands 3, 4 or 5 times, with a top payout of 1,500 coins for the maximum five. However, you’ll also enter the free spins round.
This feature sees you gain 7 free spins, but each of these spins differs from the base game. This is due to the fact that the wild symbol will both expand to encompass an entire reel and will also stay in place for the duration of the feature. This wild is the Black Knight himself, who appears wearing a silver/black visor helmet and only makes an appearance on reels 2, 3 and 4. This certainly makes for a feature that will become more profitable as the free spins continue, especially if two or three of the reels are completely wild.
One look at the pay table shows you that there is one symbol which pays much more than any other at the reels – this being the King. You’ll win when landing three or more consecutive symbols from left to right on a win line, but the King is the only one that will also pay out for just 2 in a row. More importantly however, should you land this symbol five times on a win line; you’ll pick up a very impressive 2,000 coins. This is huge in comparison to the 500 coins awarded for five Queens or Jesters, or the 100 coin maximum win for any of the other symbols. During the base game the wild will only occupy one space on the reels, not expanding as it does during the feature.
This WMS designed slot has the usual 5x3 configuration found on the majority of their games. This particular game has 30 win lines, although this can be customized, as can the coin amount. You’ll have two ways of customizing the game. Firstly, the classic panel works in the traditional way of you setting both the number of lines and the bet per line to give you a total stake. The Quick bet panel shows a much simpler row of boxes which can be scrolled from left to right, each showing a total stake – click on one and you’re ready to go! An easy one-click auto play option is also available, so you can sit back and hopefully enjoy the wins come flowing in!
The game is set at dusk with the silhouette of a castle which might be Camelot framing the night sky. The control panel of the slot and the outline of the reels is a regal gold color, while the backdrop to the reels themselves is a faded tan, giving the slot an ancient feel. Graphically, the slot isn’t the best you’ll find online, the lack of animation for winning symbols being a little conspicuous in their absence during the base game, while the accompanying sound is not particularly relevant to the theme, although despite these facts the game does have a certain charm.
It wouldn’t be unkind to say that this slot doesn’t exactly set the world alight. The game is very straightforward without the surprises that you might find at a game with a number of features. Nevertheless, the free spins round can work out to be a particularly profitable feature and the excitement levels will rise when the King starts to fill the reels. This game won’t appeal to all, but those who enjoy all the action taking place on the reels may appreciate the Black Knight.