As with so many of their franchise-name (and really most any) online slots, Microgaming has outfitted The Dark Knight Rises with the “243 Ways to Win” feature, i.e. any three like symbols in the first three reels automatically form a payline (and thus a payout).
The reels are populated with all the characters from the flick, including dull-as-dishwater antagonist Bane, the Catwoman, Commissioner Gordon, proto-Robin and a couple other second bananas. On wins, highlights and sound bites from the film play.
The bonus features are the key factor in the argument for Dark Knight Rises’ status as best DC Comics-based slot game and/or a top title from the superhero universe. After any spin, Batman and Bane may come on-screen to duke it out for a few rounds. Each landed hit will accumulate free spins and bonus multipliers for either hero or villain; these may be collected during the free spins round awarded for three scatters on a single spin.
Also randomly triggered is the “Symbol Scramble” feature which by the name seems to be The Riddler’s donation to the game: This one shuffles the landed symbols on a losing spin to form winning combinations.
For the free spins round in The Dark Knight Rises slot, the player may choose between adding the “rolling reels” (actually cascading wins in the Bejeweled fashion) and “split wilds,” the latter of which divides a wild in two for a six-reel payline.
All in all, pretty decent stuff if nothing too innovative – and now we’ll wait for the inevitable “Man of Steel” slot…