Darkness Slot Features
On the lowest level of the crypts, flanked by creepy totems, a 5x4 grid dishes out prizes for matching at least 3 identical symbols on any of the 26 pay lines. Qualifying combinations should begin from the leftmost side of the panel and continue rightwards along adjacent columns. Standard payouts award between 0.2 and 2 times the bet for hits on low-value Wiccan Twigs symbols, from 0.6 to 6 times on mid-range ritual objects, and from 2 to 50 times on the cult members portraits, including the Wild.
Like several other slots from Print Studios, Darkness offers SuperSpinners™ that appear as lanterns situated on the reel dividers. On each spin, they may remain inactive or display a random number. Any win landing on a pay line that crosses a SuperSpinner™ will benefit from the multiplier it shows. Hits going through multiple lanterns will be multiplied in succession.
Any standard symbol may appear in an enlarged form from 3x2 to 5x4 in size. All positions covered by its presence count as individual instances of that symbol.
Dark Ritual Bonus
Landing 3, 4, or 5 Bonus symbols anywhere in view triggers 10, 12, or 14 free spins, respectively. During the game, 5 positions on the grid will be marked by edges of the Pentagram. Wilds dropping in the highlighted area will become sticky for the remainder of the game and award 2 extra spins. Filling all 5 positions with Wilds summons Lucifer and converts reels 2, 3, and 4 into Wild Reels.
To increase the chances of triggering the bonus, players can enable the Scatter Boost option for an extra 50% of the active bet. Alternatively, it's possible to activate free spins instantly for a fixed buy-in of 100 times the bet.
Even though there are so many new providers entering the iGaming industry, hardly anyone tries such original and bold ideas as Print Studios. Whether it's about entirely new and complex mechanics like in Reapers or absolutely brilliant and hilarious themes like in Holy Hand Grenade, any slot that rolls off of their assembly line carries something unique you just can't walk indifferently by. Darkness is another testament to the studio's creativity and determination to step outside comfortable norms to deliver an unforgettable experience. We've already seen attempts to diminish the importance of low-value symbols by unifying their design and stripping them of most visual effects, but it's arguably the first time someone tried an approach of "if it's no winning, it doesn't matter". Hence, in Darkness, as the title itself suggests, you can barely see anything on the reels except the illuminated SuperSpinners™ and Bonus symbols. Everything else is shrouded by shadows, making itself visible only when a winning combination is scored. It's undoubtedly a risky approach from the creators as it will most likely induce extreme reactions from the players. A bit of a "hate it or love it" situation. However, one can't argue that such a measure creates ultimate immersion, making the theme capture all your senses immediately.
The slot's technical side proves that this production is all about the theme since the mechanics are relatively straightforward. Giant symbols in the base game and sticky Wilds with a chance to turn into Wild Reels during the bonus are not exactly the pinnacle of innovation, but, as said before, not every title must be about surpassing the feature-based boundaries. Still, there's a substantial max win of 20,000x to hunt, plus the SuperSpinners™ elevate the anticipation even more in a setting where winning combinations can't be initially determined.