Review of Daredevil Slots
Since 1964 Daredevil has been practicing his brand of justice across the Marvel Universe, defending people in courtrooms as a lawyer by day, and defending citizens of the city as a superhero by night. “The Man Without Fear” began his crime-fighting career after his father was viciously murdered by gangsters and now you too can help him unleash revenge on evildoers such as Bullseye and Kingpin.
Playtech decided to release this title in 2010, which was seven years after the release of the movie so the timing does seem a little strange to me. As this game is starting to get a bit older now, this review will concentrate on the aspects of why it still deserves a few spins today. Just because something is getting a little long in the tooth doesn’t mean that it’s no longer any fun, (yes I know from experience).
I never read any Daredevil comics when I was younger so I had originally asked my son to review this game because that seemed to make more sense. He responded that he’s done with this Marvel character due to Ben Affleck’s portrayal in the poorly-written film and that I should review it myself. Well that’s just fine with me – sometimes it’s better to go into a situation with a totally blank slate.
After playing this game for a little while I found myself having fun, so I would imagine that actual fans of the superhero would probably enjoy themselves even more. This review will cover everything you need to know, including the fun side games and that crazy Marvel Mystery Jackpot that everyone is always talking about.
So obviously I can’t claim that this game looks like its from the 1990s if I don’t provide some visual proof. Therefore, I would like to introduce these screenshots into evidence, in exactly the same sarcastic way that lawyer Matt Murdoch would do. Do they not look a little dated? Of course they do, but they still look pretty cool…and yes, they kind of have a ’90s feel to them.
The storyline of Daredevil Slots loosely follows the same theme as the 2003 movie in regards to its place and time in the Marvel Universe. It all begins with Daredevil’s alter-ego, Matthew Murdock, being blinded as a child by a radioactive substance that leaks from a passing vehicle. Matt was heroically pushing someone to safety who was about to get hit by a truck, when the dangerous contents spewed out into his face and changed his life forever.
Although the accident blinded him, his other senses became much stronger and he even developed a superhuman “radar sense” that allows him to battle criminals in hand-to-hand combat without sight. So now Matt Murdock is an unassuming lawyer in New York City by day, and is the crime-fighting Daredevil at night, protecting citizens from harm. An interesting footnote is that the vicious mercenary, Elektra Natchios, is his love interest even though he botched a rescue of her kidnapped father which resulted in his death. I bring this up since Elektra appears in this game, along with her Okinawan Sai Swords do.
This slot from Playtech has you rolling through the back alleys of NYC at night, targeting Daredevil’s long-time enemies The Kingpin and Bullseye to take them down and bring them to justice. Unfortunately, this game does not have a proper bonus round so we never get the opportunity to dive deeper into the plot lines from the original graphic novel.
As I mentioned above, one of the major weaknesses of Daredevil Slots is in the graphics department and it really appears as if they simply ran out of ideas when they were designing the symbols for this game. After only five minutes of research I found a ton of possible symbols that would have been great like the Purple Man, the Jester, Mr. Fear, Death-Stalker, Cobra, and Mr. Hyde. Please try harder next time.
Sure – tons of other games have 10s, Jacks, Queens, Kings, and Aces due to the fact that they already have a lot of other cool symbols, but comic-book themed slots don’t qualify for this exception in my book. Fans want to see as many characters and as much imagery as possible from the stories and it’s the software developer’s job to give them what they want.
In a crime that’s big even by New York City standards, Daredevil Slots goes from the Ace all the way down to the 9! I have yet to play a game that has a need for a 9 symbol, and I think this tells you everything that you need to know about the amount of imagination that was used.
- J (Jack)
- Q (Queen)
- K (King)
- A (Ace)
- Elektra’s Okinawan Sai Swords
- Daredevil’s Billy Club
- The Kingpin
- Daredevil (Wild)
- Daredevil “DD” Logo (Scatter)
The Daredevil Wild pays out the most with 5 in a spin giving you 5,000 coins, and is then followed by his girlfriend Elektra with 1,000 coins for hitting five of her across the reels. The character symbols then finish off with The Kingpin paying out 750 coins for 5 of a Kind, and Bullseye giving you 500 coins for the same.
The majority of Marvel slot games are linked to a network of progressive jackpots called the “Marvel Mystery Jackpot” which is won randomly with no rhyme or reason. I had always heard that it was designed so that you have a better chance to hit it if you are wagering larger amounts, but I didn’t believe it until I read it directly in their official Game Guide. How this technically works, I have no idea.
The Marvel Jackpot is a little confusing because once you have accessed it there are actually four unique progressive jackpots that you could win. These are named “Power“, “Extra Power“, “Super Power” and “Ultimate Power“, with each having different prize amounts. Once triggered, you are taken to a bonus area and given a 4×5 grid of squares that you must click on until you match three of the same jackpot prize. As soon as you hit 3 of a kind you win whatever the corresponding prize amount is.
Slower and/or superstitious players should note that there is a timer ticking down the entire time, so you have the choice to pick for yourself or let the machine randomly pick for you.
Unfortunately, Daredevil Slots doesn’t have a bonus round so the game does get a bit stale after a while if you’re not a diehard fan – unless you hit the Marvel Mystery Jackpot, of course! I think that most players would agree that bonus rounds can really make or break a slot game, so if there’s nothing offered whatsoever, there’s a good chance that you’ll get bored sooner rather than later.
That said, Daredevil does have a fun little side game where you can place a bullseye target anywhere on the 15 places across the reels and if the character Bullseye lands in your targeted spot, you win 3x your total bet. I think that I like this feature a lot more than I should since I start to take it quite personally if I don’t target the right square for long stretches of time.
Be warned, you can actually frustrate yourself a lot with this side game because you are able to move the target every spin. There is nothing more infuriating than leaving the target on one symbol for many spins in a row and not hitting him, and then moving the target only to have Bullseye appear on the square that you just had it on. It makes me mad just thinking about it…
If you hit 3 or more Daredevil “DD” Logos anywhere across the reels you will win 10 free spins with random wilds, which will substitute for all symbols except the DD Scatter. The game obviously follows the standard procedure of paying Scatter wins before random symbols morph into Wilds.
I was pretty disappointed to see that there aren’t any special backgrounds or symbols during the Free Spins Mode and it’s just more of the same of what you’ve already been playing. It wouldn’t have taken much effort to spice things up and I think that most of you are going to be disappointed with what you get.
Thankfully, you can keep winning free games while you freeroll so sometimes you go on a hot streak and spin yourself silly. The abundance of free spins might be an attempt to make up for the fact that it doesn’t have any bonus rounds, but that’s probably just wishful thinking on my part.
The graphics in Daredevil are not that appealing – unless you like a vintage look and feel, of course. They do look a little like they came from a late ’80s arcade video game, but that’s what gives this game a bit of charm. A lot of these Marvel Slots made by Playtech actually remind me of my son Harry’s Sega Genesis games from years ago, and there’s just something about them that brings back memories of Sonic the Hedgehog.
There aren’t that many moving pieces in this game and there’s not even an opening video, (we only get a load screen while we wait for it to launch). So those of you who were hoping to be blown away by special effects will want to skip this game in favor of something a little more modern.
Audio & Soundtrack
The soundtrack for Daredevil Slots continues the retro theme with its extremely synth-heavy arrangements, and it reminds me of a 1980s cop movie where the police are about to bust Russian arms dealers in a dockyard warehouse. Also, when you hit a few of the same symbols in a row, depending on which symbol it is, you can hear heavy ’80s guitars or sound effects that are reminiscent of an old tv game show. Odd to say the least.
Although I do like the classic “win sounds” of when you hit a big win and your credits roll upwards. It reminds me of many land-based slots machines that I’ve played in Las Vegas and you will immediately recognize the sound. However, the sound effects of free spins and other wins are very loud and jarring – I had to eventually turn the volume down because it was both hurting my ears and getting annoying.
This game will definitely appeal to diehard Daredevil comic book fans, but players who are only familiar with Ben Affleck’s movie adaptation will probably end up getting a little bored. That said, it’s certainly worth 10 minutes of playing to try it out – the Bullseye Feature alone is worth a few dollars of your bankroll.
Although this game was launched in the new millennium there are many aspects of it that make it seem like it could have been released in the early 1990s, such as its 64 bit graphics and synth-dominated soundtrack. So if you’re not interested in a blast from the past you’ll want to take a pass on this title in favor of something a little fresher.
Those who read many different Marvel Comics will probably want to save most of their money for more popular games like Wolverine Slots, but a couple of spins on Daredevil now and again might be good to mix things up a little. Just remember to always choose your target wisely- Bullseye can be very hard to hit.
So what do you think, Daredevil – is there any chance you could save this game and make it more fun?
Can one man make a difference? There are days when I believe; and others when I have lost all faith.
Well, I guess it’s going to be a coin flip then.
Bonus Video of Daredevil
Recently Netflix has really been concentrating on producing their own content, but it was a shock to many when they announced that they would be making a new series based on Daredevil. I personally haven’t watched it yet, but it is on my List of things to do. Here’s the trailer for anyone who’s interested in seeing what all the fuss is about. Enjoy!