Dark King Forbidden Riches Review

Look and Feel

Dark King Forbidden Riches is an online slot game from NetEnt, released early in October 2020. Many a moon ago NetEnt were regarded as the ‘Lord of the Slots’ as every single one of their games was typically a winner. Now there are so many contenders to NetEnt’s throne that it’s less clear-cut as to whether they remain as masters of the slotting realm. Will they ever again release the one slot to rule them all?

If you are getting any notion of a ‘Middle Earth’ vibe as to what’s been written above then good, as that is the theme we are going for. You will also receive the same kind of vibe when you take Dark King Forbidden Riches out for a few spins. Indeed, the Dark King himself looks very much like a sour one … can you see what we did there?

Read on to find out a little more about the lordly epic online slots game from NetEnt.


The Dark King wants to keep his hands on his forbidden riches, so he is not likely to give them up by offering a progressive jackpot. You can still eke a load of cash from his grasp though, up to 2,500 times the value of your stake.

Play for Real Money

Speaking of dark lords in spooky towers, the people at the UKGC have forbidden players from playing the Dark King Forbidden Riches for free or for play money. You can spin the reels for real cash at many places though, including Hyper Slots. This wagering palace has all you could wish for when it comes to slots, plus some juicy bonuses too. Make sure you go check them out!


Your quest for forbidden riches starts when you select the size of your wager. The minimum this can be is £0.20 and the maximum is £200. Each spin will set you back twenty coins as that’s how many paylines there are.

Click the spin button to set the reels in motion. Paylines are achieved in the normal way – three or more identical symbols on a payline from the left-hand reel onwards. You can consult the table below to view potential payouts (paid in coins).

Symbol3 on a payline4 on a payline5 on a payline
Blue Orb20150500
The Dark King20150500
Red Warrior20125400
Golden Warrior20100350
Green Warrior2075300
Blue Warrior560250

The Blue Orb symbol is also a wild symbol and it substitutes for all other symbols (except the scatter). If one or more wilds appear on the reels during any spin then all wins are multiplied by a wild multiplier. This is equal to the number of wild symbols on the reels up to a maximum of five.

A red gem acts as a scatter symbol in this game. You need to land a minimum of three scatters in order to trigger free spins. It’s ten free spins for three scatters, twelve free spins for four and fifteen for five.

Free spins have ‘Sticky Wild’ hotspots. These hotspots form a cross right dead centre of the reels. Any wild that lands in a hotspot not only becomes a sticky wild, it also grants one extra free spin. All sticky wilds fall off the reels at the end of free spins. Sticky wilds always contribute towards the wild multiplier.

Graphics and Sounds

The graphics for this game are precisely what you expect them to be, echoing the general theme of dark fantasy and epic-ness. The symbols are largely static though, but they do light up whenever they are involved in a win. The rest of the playing arena is largely static.

The sounds are ‘as expected’ too. It’s an ‘epic’ theme with clunks and other noises when the reels settle. The Dark King hisses and moans as you snatch his forbidden riches from him, which is kind of cool.


The epic look and feel of this new online slots game for 2020 does not disguise the fact that the gameplay is nothing special. It is probably the most mundane slot that NetEnt have released for some time, but it is still better than any online slot that some software companies have ever produced. Are NetEnt still the dark kings of online slots, though? We really can no longer answer that one!


Q. Will I be able to play the Dark King Forbidden Riches on my phone?

A. Yes. This game has been created using HTML5 which means it will run on any contemporary device capable of rendering a web page, including phones and tablets.

Q. How do you achieve the maximum win in Dark King Forbidden Riches?

A. You need to land five Blue Orb symbols. This will win you 500 coins with a 5x multiplier, maxing out at 2,500 times your stake.

Q. What online slot games have NetEnt released in 2020?

A. NetEnt have kept up a steady stream of releases in 2020, including Hotline 2, Rage of the Seas and the very popular Street Fighter II The World Warrior Slot. Before the end of 2020 this company is also due to release Vegas Night Life and Twin $pin Megaways.

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