The Green Knight: Slot Overview
Editor’s note: This review evaluates The Green Knight based on its early access state and has not been tested properly. We plan on revisiting this review once it gets a full release.
No, The Green Knight isn’t a game based around some keyboard stoner warrior with a tough nickname or an environmental activist, though that might have been pretty interesting. Instead, The Green Knight is the second release from Play’n GO that’s been inspired by classic slot 300 Shields – the first being The Sword and The Grail. Veteran gamers will quickly identify the similarities as The Green Knight is close to the first instalement on account of it relying on massive progressive multipliers.
If you haven’t heard of The Green Knight, it’s unlikely you will have heard of Sir Gawain either. Sir Gawain was Arthur’s nephew, who joined his famous uncle at the round table with the rest of the knights. He didn’t get there by nepotism either but was a brave, noble chap indeed. In a 14th century poem, Sir Gawain accepted a rather unusual challenge from a huge Green Knight who burst into Camelot on New Year’s Day to challenge the knights. What follows is a chivalric tale where Sir Gawain keeps his head by proving his honour to the Green Knight.
Players get to prove their worth in this volatile game, where default RTP weighs in at 96.27%. Getting all chivalric is possible on any device from 10 p/c to £/€100 per spin. Once stakes are set, it’s off to the romantic Arthurian world, where play takes place on a 5-reel, 20-payline action area. Visually, it has a similar quality to The Sword and The Grail, as well as a multiplier meter located above the grid. The surroundings are very different though, consisting of an eerie green wood to the left and some ruined old building on the right. It gets even more mystical during free spins, presumably because the Green Knight has come to fulfil his end of Sir Gawain’s bargain.
As to symbols, the lower end is taken up by 10 to A card royals, except a ‘T’ is used in place of a ’10’ symbol. Picture premiums are made up of an axe, the Green Knight’s horse, a lady (possibly Morgan le Fay), and Sir Gawain. Values for a five of a kind premium win range from 7.5x to 25x the bet.
The Green Knight: Slot Features
Central to the action are wilds which replace any pay symbol to help complete a win. Aside from the regular one, they also carry multipliers of 2x, 5x, 10x, 25x, or 100x. When these wilds are used in a winning combination, their multiplier is applied to the regular payout. Wilds also possess huge values if they form a winning combination of their own. A line of 5 regular wilds triggers a payout of 100x the bet, while five of the x100 wild multipliers are worth an eye-watering 10,000x.
The Green Knight is the scatter, appearing on any reel. When 3, 4, or 5 are in view, players are awarded 5 free spins plus a payout of 2.5x, 5x, or 100x the total stake. Every free spin guarantees to land a wild multiplier and the values increase as the feature progresses. So, free spin 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 pulls into play wild multipliers of 2x, 5x 10x, 25x, then finally 100x.
In addition, should 2 Green Knight symbols land on a free spin, then 5 Shield Spins are activated and free spins are put on hold. During Shield Spins, the current wild multiplier is locked in for the duration of the feature. If players have any free spins left, these are played when Shield Spins conclude.
The Green Knight: Slot Verdict
Once again the Play’n GO team has turned out a nice looking slot with features that can go nuclear when your luck is running hot. Wild multipliers aren’t uncommon, but they don’t often have values this high. What make them extra desirable are the crazy combination payouts when they land across a payline. A 10,000x payout for five of the 100x wilds is insane, which, incidentally, is the most you can win when playing The Green Knight. Those interested in the magic of mathematics take note, the max exposure has a probability of occurring once in 55,555,555 spins.
While you can technically hit that using a line of wilds, it’s the accumulated total of free spins where most players will collect their best earnings. Having a guaranteed progressive wild multiplier on each free spin certainly piles on the tension. Nesting a feature within a feature is also great when it happens to trigger. In this way, Shield Spins are similar to the Pyramid Spins used in Cat Wilde and the Lost Chapter, except this time we get locked wild multiplier values in place of expanding symbols.
You might not feel quite so relieved as Gawain did when he learned his head would stay attached to his shoulders, but add it all up and The Green Knight is another dependable Play’n GO slot you can count on to deliver fine gaming. Like a lot they’ve done recently, the base game can be pretty uneventful a lot of the time, though big wild multipliers keep you second-guessing. Manage to trigger the bonus round though, and fortunes can change in an instant via a set of intertwining features.
You can easily see the compelling potential of The Green Knight, despite its simplicity.