As with the Pixies of the Forest title, Black Widow is a crossover game for IGT, it’s been developed with their long term online development partners High 5 Games. These partner games step away a little from IGT’s traditional designs, especially in the free spins rounds where IGT’s unlimited spins (Or simply huge numbers) are largely replaced by much smaller numbers. The variance also tends to be very low leading to these being popular with holiday makers on the Las Vegas casino floor, but only really developing traction online as free to play slots, especially on the new social media casinos.
One thing all these games do have is great themes, with a lot of bespoke audio and visual work, Black Widow is a great example of this and it’s a likely reason for its popularity. Another contributing factor is how well optimised these slots are for mobile play, very few other IGT games play so well on the smaller screen. It’s still more than pretty enough on desktop play and plenty of sites offer this game with no download required which I, and many other players I assume, generally prefer.
Black Widow largely shares its structure with the popular Golden Goddess slot. There’s up to 40 pay-lines to enable and a decent bet range to allow both high and low rollers access. Though, as a relatively high stakes player, I’m not seeing the draw myself, as the variance is just not high enough. That isn’t to say you can’t hit big wins on the slot, the stacked symbols mechanic and the Wild offering 1000x your stake both point to there being big wins available. Sadly, with the rest of the pay-table topping out at just x50 for the Black Widow herself, it’s clear those one off huge pay-outs are going to be extremely rare.
The best chance you have during normal gameplay to hit a sizable cash-out is during the free spins bonus round. Three bonus scatters only award 7 free spins, however, they do re-trigger up to 98 spins max. A couple of re-triggers combined with the super stacked symbols and a lucky wild or two could well see you on your way to an excellent accumulated bonus feature win. There’s a secondary feature on the slot too, which involves the femme fatale theme. If you capture one of the three male characters on position 3 in the middle reel, it adds to a multiplier bar which can provide up to 1000x as a bonus. The three characters all generate their own accumulated meter, capturing the Black Widow will grant you all three instantly.
Overall, Black Widow is a very entertaining game and it has some really good bonus features. The downside of this, when you add in a high RTP and a high hit ratio, is that this tends to produce long play sessions of very small wins. As enthralling as that might be given the enveloping theme, it’s hardly a gamblers dream. Even classics from IGT like Coyote Moon, dated though the graphics may be, has far more to get the pulse racing from a gambling perspective.
Black Widow Slot Rating
4.5 / 5
based on 12 player ratings
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