Enter Wraith Manor for a mysterious reel journey on the slot from Slingshot Studios, powered by Microgaming’s Quickfire platform. A Dark Matter has kept a small town and its people on the edge ever since the passing of the Lord of the Manor. Unexplained disappearances call for the assistance of the reclusive detective Nathan Highmore to solve the mystery. At his disposal to uncover the secret of a dark matter are stacked wilds and a free spins round with extra wilds that can lead to wins of up 2,400 times your bet.
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 on a line from left to right and from right to left. You can enter Wraith 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. Strange things are happening and it is for the highly regarded detective 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, awarding 10x to 14x your stake for a single five of a kind. They are followed by four characters – the keeper Silas Brewer, the new housemaid Molly Perkins, the Stonehurst police chief Bertram Lynch, Lady Eleanor Wraith and the detective Nathan Highmore. Hit five on a line to win 60x to 600x your bet.
The slot logo is the wild symbol, appearing as a single symbol on reels two, three and four as well as fully stacked at all times on reels two and four only. It performs the usual substitution duties. 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 of up to 2,400x 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 and/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 turn it wild for the current spin. During the free spins, it will also 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, providing more chances to trigger the invading wilds while each scatter landing awards +1 free spin, 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. A Dark Matter is a decent slot with high volatility and big win potential on a lucky day.