I have to admit that without the official YouTube preview available, it’s hard to predict what the Dark King Forbidden Riches™ slot is about to offer. Following NetEnt’s planning, it arrives on the 8th October at the NetEnt Casinos with the promise to take you deep inside the lair of an evil entity known as the Dark King.
No preview video, means I have no print screens or video available. So you now depend on the little information I have and my extended knowledge of the NetEnt slot. But it’s not hard to see that 2020 is going to bring more darkness. I know, we didn’t have enough darkness yet for the year. So prepare for more darkness, as well as Wild Multipliers, Wild symbols, Sticky Wild symbols, Free Spins, and Extra Free Spins.
What the heck 2020?
I’m writing the Dark King Forbidden Riches™ slot preview with a few more days of quarantine left. On this little rock, the government was a bit too eager to invite party people to the island. Therefore, the virus had a few weeks of total freedom to spread like wildfire. I didn’t get it myself but when you were in contact with someone that tested positive, you can wait for the phone call from the King of Quarantine. And all you can do is bow down to the King!
No big deal, this is what 2020 has been about so far! So far, I spent about 20% of 2020 in quarantine, keeping myself busy with writing about the newest NetEnt Games. This quarantine, I look into a King. Not the King of Quarantine. He’s just a bringer of bad news. No, this time it’s about the Dark King.
His arrival is planned for the 8th of October. Although I think he officially arrived at the end of 2019, we all still believe it was February 2020. That’s when shit hit the fan in Europe. It must have something to do with the Dark King! After all, he was probably already on NetEnt’s drawing table.
This is all a metaphor, of course, because what the Dark King is truly responsible for is a dark-themed slot release. The game seems similar to NetEnt slots like Spellcast™ and Mythic Maiden™, but also Blood Suckers™, Warlords™, The Wolf’s Bane™, and Halloween Jack™. I’m pretty sure it makes its way to my yearly top 5 Halloween slots!
The Free Spins feature promises some good slot excitement, but I’m not sure about the main game yet. All I know is that the Dark King Forbidden Riches™ slot will bring a Mid/High Volatility game with an RTP of 96.06%. For this reason, you won’t be overwhelmed with wins during each spin. It means that wins won’t appear constantly but when they appear, they’re higher than usual. Let’s see what the rest of the description has to say about the gameplay.
What’s the main game all about in the Dark King Forbidden Riches™ slot?
The game features a Wild so I assume there’s a Wild available in the main game. Almost every NetEnt slot has a Wild so it’s not really a “wild” guess. Wilds always substitute for any other symbol except special symbols like scatters. I’m pretty sure the Dark King Forbidden Riches™ slot is no exception.
Three or more Scatter symbols that appear anywhere on the reels in the main game will open the Free Spins feature. The description reveals that this Free Spins feature comes with Sticky Wild hotspots. The feature also promises a fixed area of 5 spots in the shape of a cross on reels 2, 3 and 4.
It appears that the Free Spins feature is the feature to look forward to with the Sticky Wild Hotspots in the form of a cross. For now, you some imagination to picture this feature. Just until NetEnt published the preview video.
What happens exactly during the Free Spins feature?
Since the Free Spins feature is what the Dark King Forbidden Riches™ slot is all about, let’s try to figure out how it works exactly. One thing is for sure, three or more Scatters activates the feature.
The description doesn’t say how many Free Spins you receive. It does mention, however, that a Wild that lands within the cross, brings an additional Free Spin. This means that extra Free Spins can be won during the Free Spins feature.
The cross covers 5 spots reels 2, 3 and 4. With a bit of logic, the entire reel 3 is part of the cross. The middle symbols on reel 2 and 4 are the sides of the cross. It’s clear that you want Wilds to land on these 5 spots.
The reason why a Wild is more special when it lands within the cross is that it will become sticky. All Sticky Wild within the cross stay there for the remaining Free Spins.
The more Sticky Wilds, the bigger the wins in upcoming spins. The Multiplier available during Free Spins will help with that too. The total Wild Multiplier value during Free Spins is equal to the number of simultaneously appearing Wild and Sticky Wild symbols on the reels, from a minimum of x1 up to a maximum of x5.
What is my opinion about the Dark King Forbidden Riches™ ?
I predict that this dark-themed slot brings a nice Free Spins feature. That’s great, but I can’t find anything exciting about the main game yet. So you have to get through some boring spins to get to a promising Free Spins feature.
I hope I’m wrong and the main game does have a bit more excitement to offer. Bring on the preview video to find out and to see what the cross looks like in the Free Spins feature. Will be continued…