The latest mystery themed game to join an already crowded, but much-enjoyed, category, is A Dark Matter. The slot machine is created by Slingshot Studios, as an exclusive release which will be available at Microgaming casinos only. We’re looking at a game with decent features and higher top payouts than most titles offered by this major developer, so there is already something to look forward to, if you’re into slots with high volatility.
Though the game is capable of paying up to $120,000 (2,400x total stake), it also offers only 5 lines on 5 reels, so it feels somewhat simpler because of it. Expect the slot to offer several features which are interesting, ranging from wild reels that can invade other columns (Invading Wilds), to free spins which apply 2x multipliers.
Betting and Prizes
It’s not a game with a lot of lines, so the betting system starts from a very low value, as it should be. The minimum amount to be wagered for a single spin is $0.05, using 5 coins of $0.01 each and sending them to just as many active lines. There is the opportunity to spend a lot more on each line though, up to $10, for a total maximum bet of $50.
Land a combination with five regular Lord symbols, to get a win of 240x total stake ($12,000). Fill the reels with these symbols (wilds can also assist), for a top jackpot of $60,000, in the base game. Get those same symbols in free spins mode, and you win twice that, so up to $120,000.
The game’s rewards are pretty good, especially since a lot of Microgaming slots don’t have results as good to offer, but the volatility ends up being higher as well.
A Dark Matter Slot Features
Among the few, but very interesting, features which are offered in A Dark Matter, let’s check out the wild symbols first. These appear stacked and only on the reels 2, 3 and 4. They are replacement symbols, not capable of paying directly.
Their extra feature is called Invading Wilds. It requires that a stack of wilds appears on either the 2nd or the 4th reel, and covering all its positions. When that happens, the wild reel invades the 3rd reel as well. The best case scenario is when you get all three reels from the middle as wilds, since that would guarantee winning combinations of 4 or more symbols on all lines.
You’re getting free spins also, and the way to trigger these is via the same scatters, which need to appear on all three reels from the middle. The game gives you 12 free spins and a 2x multiplier applies to all wins. One new free spin is won for every additional scatter that lands after that. If you want the game’s highest potential, it’s in the free spins, especially since wilds now appear super stacked.
Theme & Design
Set in the Victorian Era, the story of A Dark Matter revolves around disappearances from a small town from England, called Stonehurst. The characters which appear on its reels, along with the manor’s lord, are the major symbols you get to play with, while the Royals are the ones less important. Scatters and game logo wilds are part of the design as well, and obviously they’re quite important to its action.
A Dark Matter looks like it’s going to be more interesting than the regular Microgaming slot machine, offering bigger payouts and higher volatility.