Review of Batman Slots
I approached Batman Slots very carefully when beginning my review – in my opinion, this story is sacred ground and needs to be honored accordingly, (and if you ever saw Arnold Schawartenegger’s performance as Mr. Ice, you will understand just how far off track the Batman franchise can get). In fairness, that was over 20 years ago, and the latest instalments starring Christian Bale were absolutely fantastic.
This exclusive review of Batman Slots will cover all of the important features, including the graphics, bonus rounds, and jackpots. In the end, I think fans will agree that this game respects the graphic novels while providing players with a fun gambling experience.
As you can see from the screenshots below, Batman has a classic look and feel that stays true to the older comic books. The images show the Wild and Scatter symbols, as well as the different backgrounds that are in the game, depending on what mode you are in. For those of you searching for a slot game with an “old school” Batman vibe, you will see that the software developers at NextGen did a great job of designing the game.
The city of Gotham is crumbling due to wide-spread government corruption, and the fearless criminals who prey on its citizens. Now it’s up to Billionaire Bruce Wayne to dawn a mask and cape to fight for justice, and defend freedom and the American way of life. As the Dark Knight fights the twisted villains of the city he is constantly beaten and bruised, while being misunderstood by many who think that he is just as evil as the miscreants he’s battling.
The storyline of this slot game is obviously set in Gotham, with Batman attempting to thwart the sadistic exploits of The Joker and bring him to justice. Once in the bonus round you must battle The Joker face to face, along with his henchmen, to try to defeat him once and for all. If you are successful you will receive more than just the accolades of Commissioner Gordon.
One of my favorite things about Batman Slots is that they did not rely on the same old Ace, King and Queen symbols that many game developers settle for. Every symbol in the game is unique to the Batman Universe, and was designed beautifully. NextGen did a great job of staying true to the graphic novels, and the illustrations look like they’re straight out of Gotham.
- Commissioner Gorden
- Joker’s Squirting Flower
- The Joker
- Joker Playing Card
- Joker’s Gag Gun
- Batclaw (Grappling Hook)
- Bat Signal
- Batman Symbol (Scatter)
- Batman (Wild)
The highest paying symbol in the game is the evil villain we’re trying to catch, and The Joker therefore pays out 2,000 coins if you get him 5 times on the reels. This is followed by Commissioner Gordon wh0 pays 200 coins for five of a kind, and then the Batmobile and Batcycle each pay 150 for the same.
There are no jackpots in Batman Slots, and to be honest, I think that the game could have used one. They did such a great job in so many of the other areas, why not complete things with a nice in-game jackpot for players to chase? It would have pushed this slot into the Top 5 comic book-themed games of all time, in my opinion. However, I won’t dwell on this point too long, as the game does give players a lot of other cool features.
There is an awesome bonus round in Batman Slots called “Descent Into Madness”, that is triggered by three Bat symbols going left to right. It consists of you throwing Batarangs at The Joker and his psychotic supporters in the creepy Arkham Asylum for the insane. Each time you hit one of the inmates defending The Joker, you beat prize amounts out of their wounded bodies. The bonus prize amounts are multiples of your original wager, and are given at random.
Once you have beaten up on enough inmates that they all decide to scurry off and hide, The Joker comes out from the backroom that he has been taunting you from. You are then free to throw Batarangs at him to earn cash prizes, and if you successfully capture The Joker and save Gotham, you will win 100x your original bet amount. So the more you wager, the higher your cash prize will be.
Three bat symbols from left to right triggers the bonus round, as long as you have activated the Bonus Bet button in the bottom right corner of the game screen. The Bonus Bet costs you 10 extra coins per spin, but it is definitely worth it if you want to be able to unlock the bonus round and battle The Joker. The game also randomly adds an extra Batman symbol on reels 2, 3 or 4 when the Bonus Bet is activated, which increases the theoretical return to player from 92.2% to 95.7%, (for those of you who are interested in those kinds of stats).
This version of Batman Slots calls their free spins “re-spins”, and they are awarded when Commissioner Gordon and the Bat Signal appear together on reels 1 and 5. While in Re-Spins Mode all wins are doubled, and Reel 2, 3 or 4 will turn into a Stacked Wild that will dish out more free cash after paying out on the normal winning lines. The reel that has the Stacked Wild then locks into position while all of the other reels spin an additional three times, giving you more chances to cash-in.
I love the fact that Batman allows re-spins to be re-triggered while in free games mode, as the thought of free-rolling for long stretches always makes me giddy. Machines that don’t allow extra spins to be won in this manner always tick me off.
The graphics in this game are super cool, and the game designers at NextGen did a fantastic job of recreating the look and feel of the classic comic book. Gotham City and the Batman come across darker than ever, and The Joker will totally creep you out with his fiendish sneer.
The bonus round of this game is where the visual effects really shine – you could compare them to most of the Batman video games for Xbox or Playstation that I saw my children play when they were young. Also the visuals of the reels spinning actually looks like a real cartoon show.
Audio & Soundtrack
The soundtrack for Batman Slots is very subtle and plays quietly in the background, which is exactly what a good soundtrack should do, in my opinion. The main song is dark and moody, and builds the suspense as you spin your way through Gotham. It sounds like it could actually be performed by a real symphony and if yes, they’re quite good.
The other game audios are fairly standard and don’t elicit a strong opinion one way or the other. The only thing the game could have added were some vocal tracks from Adam West, which would have obviously been amazing. “Of what use is a dream, if not for courageous action?”
If you’re looking for a Batman slot that focuses on the comic books and not the movies, this game is definitely for you. The eerie mood and scary bonus round will transport you to the streets of Gotham, and The Joker’s laughing and taunting will have you grasping for your Batarangs. For the record, hitting him in the head during the bonus round is one of the most satisfying things that I’ve ever experienced in an online slot.
The game has lucrative Stacked and Sticky Wilds, a crazy Bonus Bet Button, and an excellent array of unique game symbols – what more could you ask for out of an online slot machine?
The fantastic imagery and design is what really pushes Batman Slots to the top of the list of comic book-themed games, and makes it an instant classic.
Bonus Video of Batman
Does anyone else remember the original Batman cartoon from the 1960s? It looks campy now, but at the time it was pretty darn cool. I used to have nightmares of the Joker and my brothers would tease me mercilessly that he was hiding under my bed. Brothers can be so cruel!