Black Knight 2 Slots
I was expecting a simple makeover for the original Black Knight slot when loading up this one. As it turned out, seeing version 2 was a pleasant surprise. This is a completely new version, with some big changes from the older one.
The theme and spirit of the game remains in place, with the symbols depicting the same characters (albeit looking very different). What you’ll find is an additional row of symbols on the reels (4 instead of 3 deep), Black Knight symbols covering up to 4 rows at once and 40 winning lines instead of 30 from the last one. One major factor which Black Knight 2 kept from the first game is the format of the free games. While you will only get 7 spins, Black Knight wilds expand to cover all the reels, and then remain in place for the remainder of your bonus game.
Playing the Black Knight 2 Slot
It is not only the symbols which enjoyed a makeover. The background of the reels has changed to a blue color, and frame depicts an archway, as if looking out from a castle. The map of France has gone from this version, and playing card symbols have replaced this. Most of the original symbols are still in place and are created in more detail. The joker looks completely different, and the queen much more modern. The best paying symbol is the King, who looks a lot more stern and regal than in the original Black Knight slot.
With 40 win-lines, the smallest spin is 40c, while high rollers are able to play this game for $120 per spin. On the version I played the number of win-lines was fixed at 40. Auto-play is available, and will continue playing until either the feature is triggered or 200 spins have passed – you can stop this at any point.
Individual wins seem small compared to other slots when you first see the pay table. What you need to keep in mind is that there are stacked wild symbols, and these are held during the free spins game. This means that you’ll often find a lot of wins occurring on the same spin.
The King is the biggest paying symbol; this is worth 500 coins for 5 of a kind, with the Queen and the fool worth 250. The regalia comes next with the crown worth 125, and ring / scepter figures 100. Playing cards make up the smaller though cumulatively important wins.
There are two special symbols. One is the black knight, which can take up all of the rows on a reel. This is the wild symbol and substitutes for all of the regular symbols covered above. The wild does count as a feature symbol (along with the shield), though will only count once regardless of how many rows he takes up.
Black Knight Bonus Game
Other than the free spins round, this is a fairly plain slot by today’s standards. There are only 7 free spins, though the behavior of the Black Knight during this bonus makes this game worth triggering. When the knight lands he will expand to cover all 4 positions on the reel, and then stay in place while the rest of the spins occur. If you are lucky enough to get one or two of these early, you can watch as a lot of wins accumulate. The maximum sticky number of wild reels is 3, in which case you could be looking at receiving a significant windfall.
Overall, this feels like a completely different slot compared to Black Knight 1. The visuals are definitely an improvement, and the extra row of symbols gives the potential for more winning combinations. Like the first version this is a solid and simple slot, rather than anything too fancy. If you are looking for interaction or video bonus games, then look elsewhere. If you enjoy solid game-play, and the chance of a very profitable free spins round – then this WMS title is certainly worth a spin.