Save Gotham City from the Agent of Chaos in this DC Comics Online Pokie
Batman is one of the most enduring superheroes in the DC comics range. This character has undergone many changes. Starting in comic-book form in 1939, before appearing on a slapstick style TV show – right up to today’s dark movies.
NextGen Gaming have themed their Batman pokies on the original comic strip. You’ll spin over a vertigo-inducing view of the skyscrapers of Gotham City. On the reels are many familiar sights. These include the Joker, Commissioner Gordon and Batman himself. With a bonus bet option and two entertaining features, this is a high-action game.
Here are the key features to look out for:
To the right of the spin button, you’ll find a ‘Bonus Bet’ option. This adds 10 coins to your spin (on top of the default 50). When you select this, you’ll find extra Batman wild symbols added to the middle reels randomly on every spin.
More importantly, you’ll also enable the ‘Descent into Madness’ bonus feature.
This is triggered by getting three or more of the Batman logo wilds on the reels consecutively from the left. Those symbols also have scatter prizes (they don’t need to be consecutive to trigger these) of up to 5,000 coins.
When you trigger this feature, you’ll go to a second screen. The view is of a prison escape, with the joker in the background. You see the bat throwing star and click to throw this at escaping prisoners. Each one you hit will give you a cash prize. A door then opens, and the Joker steps forward. You throw stars at him too for more cash prizes. If you kill him, you win extra cash, though most of the time he will escape after two or three hits.
The second feature is available with or without the bonus bet. This is triggered when you get Commissioner Gordon on reel 1 and the bat signal light on reel 5.
First, the middle of the reels turns dark. A Batman logo appears indicating which of the three reels will become completely wild. You then get three free respins. Any wins are doubled for these. The combination of the wild reel, regular wilds and doubled wins gives you plenty of big-win potential here. You can retrigger this combination for extra respins.
With a bigger 5×4 setup, 50 win-lines and plenty of Batman wild symbols (often stacked), there is no shortage of action with this pokie. Batman wilds only appear on the middle three reels – and so can’t create wins on their own.
Your biggest line hits will come via the Joker. This symbol is worth 2,000 coins for five of a kind and will pay all the way down to two from the left. Commissioner Gordon comes next at 200 coins max. Following this are some familiar sights for fans of the Batman comics. You’ll find the Batmobile, motorbike, bat signal light and a toy gun saying ‘bang’.
No filler symbols are used in NextGen’s Batman pokies. A flying bat throwing star, flowers, a gun and joker playing card make up the smaller wins.
The view of the reels takes a little getting used to. You’ll see a 3D side-on view, as if looking down on the skyscrapers of Gotham City. The reels are grey and animations for the symbols give them a lively feel. Batman wilds stand out. These will grow and animate when they are involved in a win – with bats and lightning covering Batman.
Joker symbols show the classic view – complete with big evil grin and bright green hair. I also like the motorbike symbols, which show the big-wheeled bike doing a wheelie.
Things spring to life for the Descent into Chaos bonus feature. The hits are random, though you get an interactive feel – choosing when to throw your stars. Haunting, edgy music plays while you spin.
This is a slickly produced online pokie – every bit as good as the better-known Batman range from PlayTech. I recommend the bonus bet option. This will unlock the second screen feature – as well as adding extra wilds to the reels. With stacked wild respins, where your wins are doubled, you have plenty of big win potential. The only thing missing from this excellent poker machine is Robin!