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There are many legends out there and the story of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table has always been a popular one. Whether it’s books, films, a musical or even a cartoon series I remember as a kid, there’s plenty of mileage in King Arthur and his crew.
Now we have the ‘Xcalibur’ slot from Microgaming which has a total of five reels, three rows of symbols and a hefty 50 pay-lines. The background for the slot fits in perfectly with the theme. It’s a rather misty mountainous scene but we can just about see Camelot where of course the King lives and may or may not sing lots of songs.
The Sword of Success
The minimum cost of playing this slot with every pay-line activated is €0.50 and the most you can gamble is €12.50 Not a bad range, just work out a budget that doesn’t cause you any financial worries. It might not be a game that attracts the high rollers out there.
Symbols in ‘Xcalibur’ are again perfect for the theme and even the ten to Ace playing cards look rather regal. More linked to the theme are King Arthur, Queen Guinevere, a helmet, a shield, and a great big horrible looking Green Dragon. The wild symbol is the actual Xcalibur sword. It’s able to substitute for other symbols and the chances of it doing so are high as it can appear stacked on the reels. It can’t replace Merlin who is the scatter symbol in this slot and can help trigger the bonus game.
If you can make it into the bonus round there are some big wins on the way. Even in the base game though there’s some great cash prizes on offer. If you can get five of the King Arthur symbols on an activated pay-line, then that wins you 1000x your line bet. Five of Queen Guinevere awards you 500x your line bet and don’t fear that dragon as there’s a 200x win on its way for five on a pay-line.
This isn’t a difficult game to operate, all the control buttons are down the bottom of the screen. Easy to set your stake and how many lines to activate. It’s also possible to set an autoplay too.
Some Magic from Merlin
To get some free spins you need to get at least three of the rather miserable looking Merlin scatter symbol anywhere on the reels. That means you don’t have to be activating all the pay-lines. Once triggered, you receive 12 free spins with all wins doubled and it’s possible to re-trigger the free spins if the scatters appear again.
There’s also the Keys Bonus to go for. Three of the silver keys that appear on the second, third and fourth reels trigger this. The symbols disappear and then eight doors appear and it’s time for a pick ‘em game. Click on the doors to collect multipliers of between 1x and 10x. Find the Collect symbol though and that ends the bonus game.
You’ll find that this is similar in play to a few other games out there. For example, the ‘Tres Hombres’ slot from OMI Gaming, another that has a free spins round with all wins doubled. ‘Sugar Mama’ is another Microgaming slot with 50 pay-lines and a free spins round with the same gameplay.
Another entertaining slot from Microgaming. The Arthurian theme always seems to be a hit and this game has a great look to it with particularly impressive symbols and backdrop. The bonus games can be highly profitable, especially if those free spins are re-triggered.