The intensely exciting follow up to WMS’s popular Black Knight I, Black Knight II simply builds on the format already created by its predecessor. If players liked the first game, then they’re going to love this one even more. Bringing back the rather popular Black Knight character from the tales of Arthur, the player is thrown right back into the medieval mayhem that was so attractive the first time round. The character is known for attempting to win honour and to win huge amounts of money for his bride to be, a perfect theme for a slot game. Many things, such as game format, are in fact very similar to the first, but the big change here is in the aesthetics, which have had a serious makeover.
A five-reel game, Black Knight II now has a 40 paylines. This time the background is a more glamorous one, with a view through an ancient archway toward a world beyond. More depth, colour, and mystery are featured in this newer game. Symbols, of course, relate back to the medieval court era and consist of a ring, a crown perched on a cushion, a large mace, a jester, a princess, and a distinguished king. The latter three symbols are somewhat glammed up with a more 3D feel, or at least more of an attempt to create a sense of realism about the faces. Low-value symbols are the 10, J, Q and K from playing cards and are simply done in different colours with gems, flags, or crowns attached to them as an additional bit of garnish.
As an added extra, the sound effects have been vastly improved, this time using sounds of fighting men, the clashing of swords the create an atmosphere of battle meshing nicely with the overall feel of this slot game.
Before getting too immersed into the games, it is important to cover just a few of the basic features present within the game. This game can be played for free, but it is much more worth a player’s while to jump straight in and go for the gold. Coin size ranges from 0.01 up to just 3 and there is a minimum and maximum number of just one coin per line. Play can start with a minimum of €0.40 with a decent maximum of €120 per spin, so it is important for players to watch their budget when enjoying this little slot. There is no progressive jackpot here, but there is a simple jackpot, which pays out a decent €6000. A high RTP, Black Knight has a return to player rate of 95.91% making it a pretty profitable game to spend a few hours playing.
Similar to the original, Black Knight II has a Wild and a bonus symbol. This time they are all themed around the Black Knight himself. The Wild shown is the black knight proudly on horseback while the bonus is the knight’s shield with the logo of a golden horse emblazoned upon it and two swords crossed dramatically across the shield itself.
The first new feature here is the Stacked Symbols. All of the higher valued symbols, all represented here by objects and people, can arrive stacked on the reels, which means that they look as though they are actually on top of one another. This potentially can help enormously when trying to create winning combinations on the reels. Don’t forget that there are also Sticky Wilds in this game and with an extra row of symbols there is the possibility of acquiring 12 of them in one spin, which can have some excellent rewards.
Next is the Wild symbol. This Black Knight Wild is considered more useful here than in other games as it substitutes for every single other symbol in the game. Usually a Wild won’t take the place of a Scatter or bonus icon, but the Black Knight Wild can in this game. This means that there are more options to activate those always desired free spins. However, the Wild only appears on the central three reels, and in a similar way to the symbols, can be stacked which of course just furthers the options to win on the reel lines.
Finally there are the free spins. This is, in fact, the only bonus feature that this game possesses. As with the previous version of this game, the free spins are activated by three or more bonus symbols or a minimum of three Wilds symbols landing on the lines. These must start from the left side of the reels though. There are only seven free spins on offer and sadly there is no multiplier so whilst there is a bonus, there isn’t so much of a payout on offer. If the Wild lands on the reels during the free spins, it will expand to cover the whole reel and then also stay frozen for the rest of the free spins available to the player. Three expanded reels and frozen Wilds will surely yield some excellent rewards.
As with the original, the game is easily accessible by any device. Black Knight II even goes so far as to be compatible with a Blackberry, and as you may know games like this are far and few between these days, though this does serve to bring in an even wider audience to enjoy the game.
An excellent upgrade in visuals, Black Knight II certainly improves upon Black Knight I. For those players that enjoyed the original, then they will certainly love this one with its smoother game play and more polished graphics. However, there isn’t much improved on the game front and the overall game plays in a very similar manner to the original. There are good winning opportunities though and low rolls reduce the number of payline options available but still provides the comforting knowledge that the possibilities of activating the free spins remain exactly the same. Just bear in mind though that with a lower roll, then the winnings will, of course, not be as high.