Avalon

4.5/5

This offering from industry the leader, Microgaming, back in 2006 remains a popular choice for online gamers. Themed around the fabled adventures of King Arthur, players will be treated to graphics depicting a medieval world, five reels and twenty paylines, wild symbols, scatter symbols and fun bonuses.

All in all the game brings to life the life and times of King Arthur in Avalon, which is the fabled location of the forge of Excalibur, the healing place of King Arthur after his battle at Camlann and his eventual final resting place.

The success of this game stems from it’s simple yet effective approach, drawing in the novices and pros alike.

A Noble Sight

People with a penchant for the nobility of ancient British times will enjoy the graphics on displayed by Avalon. With treasure chests, broaches, a coat of arms, Goblets, the Lady of the Lake and the high card poker values which have been creatively interpreted to fit the theme. To accompany the visuals is a medieval soundtrack to really get the player absorbed in the game.

Reeling it in: Multipliers Aloft

With five reels, three symbol rows and twenty pay lines, the game is full of things to keep an eye on. The Avalon symbol acts as the wild symbol in this game, substituting any other symbols, save the Lady of the Lake, to complete a paying set. The Lady of the Lake acts as the scatter. If two or more Lady of the Lake symbols appears anywhere in the game, not just on the active pay lines, they add to the pay-out through scatter pays. When three or more of these symbols are present, they trigger the free spins bonus game. During this 12 round bonus game the Chest symbols acts as an additional wild alongside the Avalon. Coin sizes range from $0.1 to $0.5 and the games holds a 200 coin limit.

Maximums fit for a King: Up to 30,000 coins

If an active pay-out line were to be filled with five Avalon symbols on a maximum bet, the pay-out would be up to 30,000 coins. This must have seemed incredibly high in 2006 and still remains an impressive maximum pay-out. While there is no progressive jackpot available with this game, the maximum pay out is still an attractive prospect.

A Round table of Specials: Lots of Free Spins

The main specials stem from the Lady of the Lake, the scatter. The presence of three scatters triggers the free spin bonus game where winnings are subjected to a multiplier up to 7x. A spin of five scatters brings in a 200x multiplier. Additionally 12 free spins are added every time three scatters are present. Additionally the Gamble bonus game can be accessed after every winning spin. In the Gamble mini game, the player sees a face down card and can choose to either guess the suit or the color of the card. A correct guess of the colour results in a double of their winnings while a correct guess of the suit results in a quadruple winnings bonus.

Our Take

While the original Avalon game was followed up by a sequel in 2014, Avalon II, the original remains the more recognized and appreciated of the two. Sure the graphics may not seem as impressive as other modern offerings and the limited scope of bonus games and features make the game seems a bit dated but considering the game is now 10 years old, it has stood the test of time. Microgaming is famed for their successful games and Avalon is right up there with the best.