A Dark Matter will be a new online slot by Slingshot Studios and powered by Microgaming, playable on all desktop and mobile devices. The release is scheduled for Q4 / 2019. Currently, we don’t have much information about the format, features, pay mechanics or graphics but check back regularly as we will complete this review in due time.
A Dark Matter is a video slot with five reels, three rows and five fixed pay lines. Wins are awarded both ways for three to five matching symbols from on a line from left to right and from right to left. You can enter Wrait Manor on desktop or mobile from just 0.05 up to 50 credits per spin. As expected from a 5-liner, the game has high volatility with an RTP of 96.18%.
Mystery is afoot at Wraith Manor, a century-old Victorian residence in the secluded English village of Stonehurst. Legend has it that strange things are happening on a moonless night and it is for you to uncover a dark matter that is haunting the house and spreading across the reels of the intricately drawn game window. Various characters, each with their own secrets, have assembled at the manor and no one is safe to leave it alive. The harrowing soundtrack completes a superb creation for the spooky season.
The pay symbols start at the low end with card royals from 10 through to A in Victorian style, followed by the four characters. The heavily moustached owner of Wraith Manor is the most valuable, awarding a respectable 240x your bet for a single five of a kind. The slot logo is the wild symbol, appearing fully stacked at all times on reels two, three and four only and substituting for all regular pay symbols. A Victorian wreath-style door knocker acts as the scatter, granting entrance to the free spins when three land on the centre reels.
Neither Microgaming nor its partner studios have delivered any memorable slots in the last few years, even when they came with such a popular name as Lara Croft: Temple of Tombs. Endless reskinning of dated pay and feature mechanics and mostly mediocre win potential became the hallmark of new slot releases, so much that we refused to write full reviews for some of their games. But we of course always hope that somehow the once leading developer would return one day to its old glory and grace us with another epic slot like Immortal Romance. Coincidentally, it was released in 2011 for the same reason, a spine-chilling slot for the spooky season.
Question is now whether a 5-liner, although with a reasonable amount of features and a win potential in a single spin of up to 1,200x the bet, will be sufficient to become the saving grace for the meanwhile rather irrelevant gaming giant. To be honest, we would be happy for it to be just the start of an upward trajectory.
The first excitement on A Dark Matter comes from the Invading Wilds. Any time a full stack of wild lands on reel two or four it will literally invade an adjacent reel, creating two full reels of wild symbols. And it gets even better when you hit full stack on reels two and four on the same spin. The wilds wild turn into fluid matter to invade reel three and award an x2 win multiplier.
The suspense at Wraith Manor is reaching boiling point when you land scatters on reels two, three and four. The door to the manor will open to award 12 free spins. Wilds are super-stacked during the feature while each scatter landing awarding +1 free spins, no limits.
Well, is it the much-awaited saviour for Microgaming or simply too weak to shoulder such a heavy burden by itself? Neither of both, to be honest. The game looks and plays better than most of the latest drivel that the Isle-of-Man developer served us, hence, it is at least a move into the right direction. What I couldn’t figure out was the max win potential in a single spin. To get to 1,200x bet, it would need stacked premium symbols on the outer reels but we did not see any stacked pay symbols at all except for the wild. But let’s not be too negative as A Dark Matter is a pretty good slot with high volatility and mega win potential on a lucky day.