Merkur Gaming has tried a new concept for its slot Black Hole Slot, which adopts the twin themes of fruit – and space! So you’ll find the gameplay in this summer 2019 release rather different to that of most other slots.
Although the layout of five reels, each bearing three symbols, and just five ways to win, may sound conventional, this only occupies around 50% of your screen.
In the rest of the space, five towers (or ladders) to the right of your screen gradually fill up with symbols so you can claim prizes. But, be warned – the black hole that you’ll encounter along the way can send you straight back to square one
How to play
Black Hole Slot is fully optimised for mobile play, so spin away on your device of choice, from just 10p a go.
If you’ve previously played old-fashioned fruit machines, the symbols here will be familiar, and they include fruits, bells and stars. But these have no fixed values in their own right since first of all you need to fill up the specific towers.
After you’ve done that, particular sums are awarded for bagging at least two of the same icons on a single Payline. The strawberry and the number 7 is especially lucrative, followed in value order by the star and the plum.
One good aspect to Black Hole is that your pot of funds can be withdrawn at any time, either all or just half of it. Additionally, the process of withdrawing winnings is automated, meaning you don’t need to worry about that, and this also allows new rounds to begin quickly.
However, should the black hole come into view, the towers go back to zero, and unfortunately your pot of money is sucked into it as well.
With the ladders, you also have the option to play for a higher profit, at the risk of losing everything.
The shining sun serves as your Wild here, doing its usual thing of substituting for all other icons on a Payline.
Conventional bonus rounds as such don’t really apply to Black Hole Slot. So, for example, unusually for a modern slots game, you won’t find a free spins round here.
Add to the excitement by playing this simple game, in which you have to predict the colour of the next card accurately. As usual with these features, you either double your winnings or blow the lot.
You may not find a progressive jackpot here, but, playing at a maximum of bet of £20 per go, the highest prize, via the 7 or the strawberry, is a hefty £20,000.
Return to Player (RTP)
Return to Player or RTP in Black Hole is a maximum of 96.55%, although it can fluctuate to as low as 95.24%, which could make a difference over time.
This is a low-variance game, tending to yield smaller, more frequent wins and meaning your budget can stretch quite away if you’re in the mood for a longer playing session. Equally, a credit can steadily build up in your cash pot.
The unique gameplay in Black Hole Slot is what sets it apart. While some players may find it complicated or perhaps bewildering, we reckon it’s worth taking for a spin and trying for yourself.
Just be aware that if you’re new to slots or are a high roller who’s all about greater volatility, Black Hole may not be ideal for you.
But give it a go for free first off – and let us know how you got on!