Step back in time, in more ways than one, with Knight’s Life from Merkur
Knight’s Life is another retro, old school land-based slot machine inspired game from Merkur. Despite its archaic appearance, it has nevertheless been consistently popular at EnergyCasino. Themed around medieval knights and castles, Knight’s Life has a certain charm and engaging gameplay.
In true Merkur style, Knight’s Life keeps things simple with just five reels, three rows and five paylines. Minimum bet size 0.05 and maximum is 10.00, which can be set using the simple green buttons below the reels. At the lower right of the screen, next to the play button, is an autoplay option (you can set up to 100 spins). Other settings can be adjusted, and game information accessed, using the small buttons at the top right of the screen.
Simple layout, but surprisingly deep gameplay with lots of special features
Though the game layout may be simple, Knight’s Life boasts some interesting special features. The wizard wearing a purple hooded robe serves as the Wild, which substitutes all symbols except for the Scatter – as a Joker it also doubles wins. The wizard is also the highest scoring symbol, with five worth a huge 10,000. The armoured horse symbol serves as the Scatter, and triggers up to 30 free games (for five Scatters). During the free games, two Scatters trigger another one free game. In any free games session, free games six to ten are subject to a 2x multiplier, and free games eleven onwards are subject to a 3x multiplier. The Scatter symbol itself is the second highest scoring, being worth up to 5,000 (for five).
Other symbols in Knight’s Life include three knights with different coloured shields: green and white, yellow and white, and plain white. They are each worth up to 1,500 for five, and can function as a Wild during free games. Symbols featuring a castle, breast plate armour, and plumed helmet, and the hilt of a sword are each worth up to 500. The lower scoring symbols are made up of card derived ‘A’, ‘K’, ‘Q’ and ‘J’. When part of a winning line, the picture symbols feature some funny retro animations, which while not exactly slick will certainly put a smile on your face!
As with many Merkur games, Knight’s Life enables the player to pick between two types of gamble bonus games when they win. One is a traditional red or black ‘all or nothing’ card game, in which you have to guess whether the next card will be red or black, whilst the other is the signature Merkur flashing totalizer type game. Both give a nice chance to increase winnings, but both can also result in losing everything, so they should be used with caution.
A classic homage to the early days of land-based video slots
The sound effects on Knight’s Life are quite odd. There is no background music, but when the reels are spun there is a kind of grating, hollow, metallic sound, and a flourish of trumpets when a winning combination appears. During the bonus gamble games, a win leads to a burst of rather grating electronic music, to add to the true old school feel.
Obviously, Knight’s Life is not trying to compete with the latest graphically sophisticated video slots from the likes of NetEnt, but is rather aimed at letting players relive the simple excitement of the early days of video slots in land-based casinos. At this it excels, and the gameplay features a surprising amount of depth, making it ideal for either a quick casual game, or a longer session for players chasing a big win. Despite dated visuals and sounds, Knight’s Life looks set to remain popular in the ranks of Merkur games at EnergyCasino.