Black Knight slot review (WMS)

WMS did not just make an online version of the Black Knight slot; it also added a Big Bet option. This Big Bet option is responsible for a substantial rise in the payout rate, and it gives you a better chance to play that fun free spin bonus, which has made Black Knight so well known.

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WMS is working hard to fit a lot of its old classics in an online format

This trend can only make us, as true slots fans, very happy. Especially since, as far as we are concerned, the best WMS slots are mainly the older ones.

This Black Knight is also an older slot that you may have encountered on the casino floors near you or in Las Vegas.

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How does the Black Knight slot work?

Black Knight has a medieval theme with kings, damsels, knight and, of course, jokers. The Black Knight gallops along bravely on his equally brave horse. The animal has also been decked out in black for the occasion.

The game has 5 reels with 3 rows of symbols and 10 fixed paylines.

Betting starts at $€ 0.10 and can go up to a massive $€ 500 per spin.

The variance of Black Knight is medium, and the maximum payout equals $€ 250,000. Anything you win above that amount will be removed. Now you will not reach these numbers any time soon while playing with regular bets in place, but if you play with the maximum $€ 500, this only comes out to be 500 x your total bet.

Variable payout rate of Black Knight

The payout rate of Black Knight is variable and is directly linked to your bets.

The higher your bet, the more the RTP goes up:

  • Less than $€ 2 per spin: 94%
  • More than $€ 2 per spin: 96%
  • With Big Bet option: 97.75%

Now we think that the Big bet RTP of almost 98% is simply astounding, but you do have to shell out 20 x the total bet to get 5 super spins.

If you are playing with less than $€ 2, the payout percentage is shamefully low.

Symbols and payouts

The king is the highest value symbol and delivers a hefty 500 x the total bet with 5-of-a-kind on an active payline.

Other premium symbols are the damsel, the joker, the golden crown and a golden ball. Spin 5 identical ones of these symbols to receive prizes that range from 20 x to 50 x your total bet.

The low-value symbols, for once, are not related to a deck of cards.  In this game, they are a map, a staff and a signet ring. These will net you 10 x the total bet if you manage to get 5 of the same on an active payline.

The knight symbol is wild and replaces all symbols, and that includes the scatters.

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Free spins with sticky expanded wilds

WMS or 4 scatters and/or wilds will get you 7 and 12 free spins, respectively. Did you spin five scatters? You instantly win 500 x your total bet.

During the free spins, it is essential to make knight appear on reels 2, 3 and 4.

That is because every knight becomes an expanding wild and will stay in place for the free spins’ remainder. Are you successful in spinning three knights? Then all middle reels become entirely wild, and you will receive a big payout with every single spin.

The free spins can NOT be retriggered.

Big Bet

Buying the Big Bet option is also an option. That will cost you 20 x the total bet and will net you five super spins.

During these super spins, all the knights remain stationary, increasing the chances to get the free spin bonus by quite a bit.

There are never any guarantees, but we succeeded at least 40 to 50 % of the time we played Big Bet to activate the bonus.

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Our verdict on the Black Knight video slot

Black Knight is one of the most successful and fun titles by WMS.

The free spin bonus is a brilliant idea, and according to us, it was perhaps the first bonus feature with sticky expanding wilds.

The Big Bet option is a welcome addition, in particular, because that option makes the payout percentage skyrocket to 97.75 %, which is just phenomenal.

The flip side is that the regular bets under $€ 2 have a very low RTP of 94%.

3.8 out of 5 stars.