Micro Knights slot review (Elk Studios)
Elk Studios has been one of our favourite game providers for years. They develop unique, original and inventive slots
Micro Knights is not unique in terms of game mechanics (it was Play’n GO who invented the grid slot genre) but is hugely entertaining nonetheless. And there are many mystery features such as a booster where extra symbols queue up to help you form winning combinations.
Taking centre stage in Micro Knights are three small and oh so cute knights (Sir Charge, Smash, and Count), each with their powers and boosters.
The little knights ensure that chains of winning combinations are not interrupted, extra wilds are added, and, perhaps most importantly, additional symbols are dropped on the grid. In short: make sure to befriend those mini-knights if you want to get anywhere in this game.
The RTP, Variance (volatility) and maximum win of Elk Studio’s Micros Knights
The theoretical Return to Player (RTP) of Micros Knights is exactly 96%, slightly lower than that of an average online slot. Most Elk slots have a payout percentage between 96% and 96.3%, so this slot is not way off par.
The maximum win is 2500x the bet, so with the maximum bet of $€100, you can bring home a win of $€250 thousand!
The volatility (or variance) of Micros Knights is medium, according to Elk Studio. Elk slots with comparable volatility are Ho Ho Tower, Sam on the Beach or Lake’s Five.
The typical top prizes will, therefore, be around 500x to 1000x the bet. Consider yourself extremely lucky if you win anything higher than that.
The Micro Knights slot gameplay and features
Micro Knights is played on a square 7×7 matrix with symbols.
You play this slot with wagers from $€ 0.20 per spin, which runs up to $€ 100 per spin.
Winning combinations arise with clusters of 5 or more of the same symbols and/or wilds.
The larger the cluster and the more valuable the symbol, the higher the payout.
The four animals (bull, goat, frog and goat) are the premium symbols and reward you a maximum of between 100 x and 250 x the total bet. When you spin a cluster of 20 or more of the same symbols, that is.
The low paying symbols consist of a mushroom, a rose, a well and a ham and are worth between 10 x and 20 x the total bet.
Winning combinations disappear and make way for new ones.
Earn extra symbols for the queue
At the bottom of the screen, the symbols are queuing. When you start a set of spins, it is empty, but when you start spinning, that can change quickly.
As soon as the mini-knight starts moving on his horse from left to right across the reels, he pushes all the symbols he encounters into the queue.
Next, these symbols are placed on the big screen to help create a combination of 5 or more of the same symbols.
This is a potent booster, which is often essential if you want the chain of winning combinations to continue.
Can’t make a winning combination with the symbols in the queue anymore? Then all symbols disappear from the line, and you start from zero once again.
You can also earn an upgrade when the knight with the flail (with spiked ball and chain) is in a good mood—he wacks his flail on the grid, which leads to extra symbols in the queue.
Fill the meter for extra boosters
Okay, so we’ve got a new queue of symbols, but there’s also a meter that needs to be filled.
This vertical meter (on the right side of the screen) fills as you make more winning combinations and can yield up to six extra boosters:
- Inferno: all low symbols are removed.
- Extra Wilds: you will get a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 15 wilds as a gift.
- Super Size: a mega symbol will be placed on the grid
- Charge: 2 to 5 rows of symbols are placed in the queue
- Epic Charge: all 49 symbols on the grid will be queued immediately
- Boosted Queue: All the symbols in the line are used to make lots of winning combinations.
Free ‘spins’ bonus
Spin 3 scattered crowns, and you win 5 free ‘spins’ (or free drops, as they are called in this slot game).
That may sound like a small reward, but you do have a considerable advantage during the free spins: the meter is not reset.
So make sure to make lots of winning combinations and to win all those fabulous boosters. The further you get, the more you can win.
Our verdict on Micro Knights
Micro Knights is an entertaining, cheerful and well made Elk Studios video slot.
Although it is their first grid slot game, we got the impression they have years of experience under their belt with this kind of slot. Magnificent.
It takes a while to figure out exactly how everything works, but once you get the hang of it, you’ll have tons of fun with Micro Knights.
By the way, this isn’t a slot where you grab a quick payout and go (so the hit and run strategy is not applicable here).
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