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Dark King: Forbidden Riches slot review

Added by NetEnt. Information last updated: 01/03/2021

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Tester rating:

3 (1)

Game information

Game supplier:NetEnt

Release date:10/2020

RTP:96.06%

Volatility:Medium

Max. win:bet x 2500

Mobile version:Support all devices

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Highlights

Volatility

Mobile version

Freespins

Multiplier

Sticky wilds

Themes

Medieval

Fairy tales & fantasy

Horror

3D

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RTP (Return to player):
96.06%
Volatility:
Medium
Max. win:
bet x 2500

Bojoko score (compared to other slots on Bojoko)
70
NetEnt score (compared to other slots of supplier)
44
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Slot tester's review: Trystan Michielsen

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Dark King: Forbidden Riches takes a look at the evil villain that holds the treasures that the regular heroes are always looking for. Featuring special graphics as well as free spins and sticky wilds, the game gives players the opportunity to see if they can get their hands on it.

Developed by veteran NetEnt, Dark King: Forbidden Riches was released in 2020 to show off their prowess. Many of the graphics are 3D and the 5-reel, 3-row playing field is populated with a number of original symbols. The game has a total of 20 paylines. If you enjoy a darker game with more of a mature theme, this slot definitely leans into that.

The graphics look good but are rather dark and moody, with a lot of the details seemingly lost by using 3D computer graphics. I found that slots that use drawings nowadays look better than these types of graphics. Also, even though it looks good now, I anticipate the graphics to become outdated in a few years.

When it comes to the animations, Dark King: Forbidden Riches has a number of them but they aren’t very special. A lot of the symbols simply light up a little when they’re part of a win, and even the free spins mode doesn’t make use of any extra animations.

Listening to the music, the game keeps the dark and moody setting intact by not really playing any music but instead creating more of a soundscape with low sounds and the occasional animal sound. The reels make different sounds like rattling chains that I felt fit the setting as well. Overall though, I wasn’t very impressed by what they had included.

Symbols

The symbols in Dark King: Forbidden Riches are very detailed but the textures used make them drop away somewhat. The size of the symbols also isn’t big, making it even harder to make out the details. I thought that the colour-scheme was also a little more confusing than it had to be, making some of the symbols blend together and making it harder to see wins naturally.

You’ll find the following symbols in the game:

  • Scatter: Get 3 or more Scatter symbols on the screen to activate the free spins mode. Players can get up to 15 free spins.
  • Wild: Wilds substitute all other symbols in the game except the Scatter symbol. Max. 25x your bet with five-of-a-kind on a winning bet line.
  • Dark King: Max. 25x your bet with five-of-a-kind on a winning bet line.
  • Red Knight: Max. 20x your bet with five-of-a-kind on a winning bet line.
  • Yellow Knight: Max. 17.5x your bet with five-of-a-kind on a winning bet line.
  • Green Knight: Max. 15x your bet with five-of-a-kind on a winning bet line.
  • Blue Knight: Max. 12.5x your bet with five-of-a-kind on a winning bet line.
  • Ace: Max. 5x your bet with five-of-a-kind on a winning bet line.
  • King: Max. 4x your bet with five-of-a-kind on a winning bet line.
  • Queen: Max. 3.5x your bet with five-of-a-kind on a winning bet line.
  • Jack: Max. 3x your bet with five-of-a-kind on a winning bet line.
  • 10: Max. 2.5x your bet with five-of-a-kind on a winning bet line.

The game is listed as having Medium Volatility which is common for NetEnt slots. In my experience, this didn’t really pan out as my funds dropped quickly and kept dropping steadily the entire time I played. There are some features that are supposed to bring the funds back up but I felt they were rather tricky to get activated.

Players can pick a bet between £0.20 and £400 per spin, where I would strongly recommend people to start with a small bet before increasing it. The max. win of 2,500x your bet is a good size but I never felt like I got anywhere close to winning it. Only players that enjoy high risk, high reward will likely get some enjoyment out of this.

Features

Dark King: Forbidden Riches has only a few features, most of which will be familiar to players that have played slots for any period of time. NetEnt usually takes a popular feature and then augment it slightly which is what they did here too.

  • Wilds: Wilds substitute all other symbols in the game except the Scatter symbol.
  • Multiplier: When between 2 or 5 Wilds appear on the screen, a multiplier is applied to all wins that spin depending on the total number of Wilds on the screen.
  • Free Spins: Get 3 or more Scatter symbols on the screen at the same time to activate the Free Spins mode. Players can unlock up to 15 free spins this way.
  • Sticky Wilds: During the Free Spins mode, Wilds become Sticky when hit by the cross or plus shape on reels 2, 3 and 4. At this point, they remain on the screen during the entire mode.

The base game is the most important part of the slot as the Free Spins mode only triggered a handful of times for me. During this part, the Wilds appear frequently and offer a slight change, increasing the multiplier for that spin by 1 for every extra Wild that is on the screen. The maximum multiplier that can be activated on a single spin is 5x.

When the Free Spins mode starts the Wilds become sticky for the entire mode, staying in place and increasing the associated Wild. I appreciated that the free spins mode didn’t suddenly disregard the multiplier feature. Even though this is supposed to make big wins almost guaranteed, it didn’t often work out that way as I would have plenty of spins without a single Wild.

In general, the features are fine but not particularly helpful in getting any big wins. Most of the time, any wins you get are simply from getting the right symbols on a win line. The low payout makes that pretty unrewarding. When the features do what they’re supposed to do, I did get some bigger wins.

In Conclusion

Dark King: Forbidden Riches feels like an example of the new NetEnt. The slots aren’t quite as original anymore, the graphics aren’t quite as good and the enjoyment of playing them also feels faded. I don’t know if that is because of the growing competition or if something changed in the studio, but I felt like the experience was rather bland.

The features look good on paper but as I played they felt underrepresented and almost never played out their full opinion. The Wilds for example never granted more than a 3x multiplier during the base game, and even then there was no guarantee any win would be multiplied. In the free spins mode, this was more likely but that mode was very difficult to activate.

In the end, I don’t know if I can really recommend this slot. NetEnt has traditionally created slots I enjoyed but this game felt bland and uninspired. Players who enjoy a slot with some very high volatility might get something out of this, but people that enjoy pretty or casual games will probably not like this game.

Overall rating:

3

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  • Features

    Wins and bets

    RTP (Return to Player):96.06%

    Volatility:Medium

    Max. win:bet x 2500

    Min. bet:£0.2

    Max. bet:£400

    Progressive jackpot:

    Reels & playlines

    Reels:5

    Rows:3

    Non-standard layout:

    Max. lines:20

    Min. lines:20

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    Colossal symbols

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    Wilds

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    Languages

    You can play Dark King: Forbidden Riches in English, Finnish, Swedish, German and 20 other languages.

    All supported languages:
    English, Finnish, Swedish, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Greek, Hungarian, Polish, Norwegian, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovak, Turkish, Chinese

    Currencies

    Dark King: Forbidden Riches supports GBP, EUR, SEK, NOK and 33 other currencies.

    All supported currencies:
    GBP (£), EUR (€), SEK (kr), NOK (kr), DKK (kr), RUB (₽), CZK (Kč), USD ($), NZD ($), CAD (C$), AUD ($), ZAR (R), UAH (₴), GEL (ლ), TRY (₤), BRL (R$), CNY (¥), PEN (S/.), ARS ($), MXN ($), PLN (zł), CHF (₣), BGN (лв), HRK (Kn), HUF (Ft), RON (L), ISK (Kr), INR (₨), JPY (¥), MYR (RM), PHP (₱), SGD ($), THB (฿), TWD ($), GHS (₵), HKD ($)

    Stats

    Release date 10/2020
    9th newest on NetEnt 125th newest on Bojoko
    RTP 96.06% 0.2% > average
    129th highest on NetEnt 1,229th highest on Bojoko
    Win up to 2500 x your bet
    76th highest on NetEnt 1,022nd highest on Bojoko
    Paylines 20 0% < average
    64th highest on NetEnt 1,045th highest on Bojoko
    Min bet £0.2 per spin
    61st lowest on NetEnt 1,141st lowest on Bojoko
    Max bet £400 per spin
    6th highest on NetEnt 175th highest on Bojoko
    Rated 0 by 0 members
    7th most rated on NetEnt 39th most rated on Bojoko
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    Trystan Michielsen

    Trystan Michielsen

    Trystan Michielsen is a Dutch native who started his career as a content writer for various small businesses who were interested in creating an online presence.

    When the opportunity arose to move to Malta and work in the iGaming sector, Trystan didn't hesitate to make the plunge. Here he worked as a Content and SEO specialist for different companies before moving back home.

    Now acting as a freelancer he maintains his connection with the online slot community by playing and reviewing the wide variety of videoslots that are released.

    Trystan enjoys playing the slots that offer a full experience, focusing on more than just the technical details but keeping an eye on its presentation. Graphics, music and style can create a game that's more than the sum of its parts.

    A writer at heart, putting thoughts to paper is something he's done for as long as he remembers. In his free time, he enjoys writing fiction as well as watching and reviewing movies.

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    Game supplier:NetEnt

    Release date:10/2020

    RTP (Return to player):96.06%

    Max. win:bet x 2500

    Mobile version:Yes

    User rating: 0
    Tester rating: 3

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