Dark King: Forbidden Riches Slot Review

Software:
NetEnt
Genre:
Online Slot Video Slot
Reels:
5
Paylines:
20
Min Coin Size:
£0.20
Max Coin Size:
£100
Max Bet:
£100
Wilds:
Features
Auto Play:
Features
Progressive Jackpot:
Cons
Scatter:
Features
Rating: 4.6 / 5
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Intro: Game Theme

Are you bold enough to try to steal from a powerful necromancer? Personally, we would not risk it, but there are those who will be tempted by the idea. Those who are willing to risk earning the ire of a dark and powerful creature, all for the sake of wealth and knowledge! If you wish to be part of the ranks of the bold and foolish, then Dark King: Forbidden Riches awaits you. Venture into the lair of the evil monarch, and uncover what lies within. Wild multipliers, free spins rounds, as well as sticky Wilds will assist you as you try to take the treasure.

Hats off to NetEnt, they have done a great job of constructing an evil lair. From the moment you first see the wall of screaming faces, you know who you are dealing with. The rest of the background is equally dark. We can see a chair, what looks like a table or altar lit by candles, and what look like sealed chests. Standing by the reels is the Dark King himself, who is completely still at all times. The background image is amazing, but it is also helped by fantastic animations. We expected nothing less but stellar visuals from NetEnt, and that is exactly what we got.

Short Summary                                                    

  • RTP: 96.06%
  • Betting Range: £0.20 – £100.00
  • Max Win: £200,000
  • Similar Slots: Curse of the Werewolf Megaways, Immortal Romance, Valley of the Gods 2

How it Works

You play this slot on a five-reel board, with twenty paylines. The paylines are fixed, meaning we cannot turn individual ones on or off to adjust our wager. Wins are formed by finding three or more identical symbols in adjacent positions, starting with the leftmost reel. All winning combinations must follow one of the active paylines to grant a cash prize. The developers opted to use their new user interface for this game. Using it, we can spin the board, set up Auto Play and Turbo Mode, change our bet and open the paytable. In the bottom left corner of the screen, the three lines button allows us to open settings and the game rules page. In the bottom right corner, we can adjust the volume or turn sound off entirely. Players can bet between £0.20 and £100 on each spin.

Icon designs are a mix of stylised playing card royals and some evil looking sorcerers and warriors! You can tell someone at NetEnt had a blast designing characters for this release. We have a skeletal knight, wielding a scythe and riding a horse. What looks like a higher-tech plague doctor, with a lantern that glows a sickly green. We have two evil knights. One wielding what looks to be a war glaive, and another sporting horns and a giant sword! Finally, there is the evil king himself as the highest paying icon.

Bonus Rounds

Wilds can appear on any spin, and in any position. If you get more than one Wild on the reels at the same time, a multiplier will become active. How high the multiplier is depends on the number of Wilds present on the playing field. The multiplier is applied to all Wilds on the playing field. The multiplier cannot exceed 5x, even if you have more Wilds present on the reels.

Three, four or five Scatters grant ten, twelve or fifteen free spins, respectively. During free spins, five spots on reels two, three and four are selected to be sticky Wild hotspots. The spots form a cross shape, and any Wild that lands there transforms into a sticky Wild. Each sticky Wild grants an additional free spins, and remains locked in that position until free spins end. During this time, the Wild multiplier special feature is still active. Sticky Wilds count towards the number of simultaneously appearing Wilds. If you fill in all the sticky Wild positions, you could have a permanent 5x increase on all wins that contain the Wild!

Verdict

Dark King: Forbidden Riches could be a cautionary tale if you are not careful. The medium-high volatility could catch you off-guard if you come unprepared. That said, the slot helps you with fun special features and an above-average RTP. The maximum win you can take home is 2000x your total stake. Not a bad payout by any means, but we have seen better from NetEnt. This is a great game if you are not overtly concerned with hunting down massive jackpots. If you like the sound of the special features, then you should definitely check this title out.

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