Great wealth rewards those who are brave enough to enter the Dark King’s underground lair. Yet you will have to hold your nerve to defeat this ghostly monarch and come away with the treasure. This fantasy-themed slot game created by NetEnt takes place on a classic 5-reel, three rows, 20 pay line board. To win, players must match 3,4 or 5 matching symbols on successive reels from left to right, starting with reel one. Also, there are a range of bonus features which help you grow your treasure hoard. These include Wild Multipliers and various free spin bonuses. Bets range from 20p to a quite astonishing £400 per spin. The max win that can be achieved in the dark halls of the King’s domain is a decent 2500x your stake, on account of the 5x multiplier. In terms of playing the game, it does not differ much from most online slots with manual or automatic spins available.
Graphics and Theme
The overall theme of the game puts one in mind of the scene with the hordes of the undead in the last Lord of The Rings film. There are lots of ghosts, ectoplasm and skulls littered about the screen. However, the most dominant visual element of the game is the eponymous dark lord himself, who stands stoically on the left hand of the screen. The high-quality graphics give the king quite the presence, which combined with his tortured roars and the slamming of his sword into the ground, make for quite the spectacle. The music backing this intense display sounds like some medieval war anthem, which gives the impression of encroaching doom. As terrifying as this all sounds, it has quite the motivating effect. This is helped by the big win graphics which flash up in the form of golden numbers counting out your prize.
There are two main features which elevate gameplay in Dark King Forbidden Riches, both of which depend on Wilds appearing. Firstly, there is the Wild Multiplier feature. The symbol to look out for during the game is a for this feature is a shiny blue orb which represents a Wild. It can substitute for every symbol bar a scatter when it is part of a winning combination. In addition to its substitution skills, it can also summon magical power to attract more coins.
If you land one wild, it will bring a multiplier into play. This is known in the game as the Wild Multiplier Feature. Once in play, the value of the multiplier is equal to the number of wilds on the board. Thus two wilds equal 2x multiplier, 3x wilds equal 3x multiplier etc. up to 5x multiplier. Multipliers are active in both the base version of the game as well as bonus spin rounds.
Secondly is the free spins feature, for this feature you should be looking for the red gemstone enveloped in gold scatter symbol. If you land three or more of these on the same spin, you will activate the Free Spins Feature. Three scatters landed gets you ten free spins, 4 equals 12, and 5 equals 15.
Just as with multipliers, the key to winning with this feature is collecting wilds. Once the free spin round begins, you will be able to see a series of symbols on reels 2,3 and 4 which are visible in the shape of a huge glowing cross. This represents what the game calls: ‘The Hotspot Zone’.
If you manage to land a wild in this zone, it will then transform into a sticky wild, which means that it will hold that position as a wild for the rest of your free spins. Additionally, each sticky wild will also add another free spin to your free spins total.
Lastly, wild multipliers, as discussed above, are active during the free spins round. This, combined with sticky wilds, makes for some powerful combinations. For example, you might be able to land wild symbols on reels 1 and 5 during free spins, which in combination with sticky wilds which could be in the Hot Zone the centre three reels could make for a big win.
Game How to Play
To start playing the game, you must select your stake per bet using the controls on the bottom of the screen. Once your bet is set, and the way you want to play is decided (manual or automatic), you can begin spinning the reels. In terms of the paytable, low symbols are represented by 10 to Ace playing cards. If you land five of them on a pay line, you’ll pick up 2.5 to 5 times your stake. However, the key to winning big is getting the big 5x multiplier on the board to really up the pay-out.
Dark King: Forbidden Riches on Mobile
Dark King: Forbidden Riches is fully optimised for Android and iOS mobile devices. Therefore, this ghoulish slot game is available to be played on the go as well as at home.