The famous legends of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table have been the inspiration for many spinoff stories, books, television shows and movies. They’ve also given rise to their fair share of Video Slot games over the years, and Xcalibur is a good example of this.
The game has been well-designed and produced by Quickfire, a subsidiary of the legendary Microgaming studio. Players should enjoy the action as it plays out over 5 reels and 50 possible paylines, and will stand a chance of winning a base game Top Jackpot of 1000x their total stake.
The betting range of 0.01 to 12.50 should accommodate the budget of every interested player, although it is also possible to spin the reels free for no deposit. This is a good way to get familiar with the game and build up confidence before placing real money bets, and is also an ideal way to relax and unwind.
For the times when players are very busy but don’t want to miss any winning opportunities, the AutoPlay function can be activated to keep the reels turning by themselves.
Xcalibur Look and Feel
The game is set in Arthur’s kingdom, with a misty scene of forests, mountains and the castle of Camelot forming the backdrop to the reels. The entire screen is framed by ornate metal or woodwork, complete with purple jewels, which could easily be Merlin’s wand or even the Sceptre of King Arthur.
The familiar playing cards are the lower-value regular symbols, in a sumptuous font that is also reminiscent of a royal court. Higher-value regular icons include well-rendered images of King Arthur himself, Queen Guinevere, the Green Dragon, a helmet and a shield. Typical land-based Slots sound effects can be heard as the reels spin, while heroic music and exciting animations help players to celebrate each win.
Special Features in Xcalibur
Fittingly, the sword Excalibur is the Wild Symbol in the game. It can stand in for any regular icon to complete paying combinations, and can appear stacked and cover an entire reel for even more winning opportunities.
The only 2 symbols that the sword can’t substitute are the Scatters, represented by Merlin the Wizard and by a key. Merlin triggers 12 free spins whenever he appears 3 times or more at once, and all wins from this round are doubled.
If players manage to spin a silver key on Reels 2, 3 and 4 at the same time, a second bonus game will start. A series of 8 doors will appear on the screen and players will need to select them one by one. Each door will reveal a multiplex between 1x and 10x the total stake, and one will reveal the Collect Symbol. At this point, players will be returned to the base game with their winnings.
Having 2 separate bonus games increases the entertainment and rewards of the Xcalibur Video Slot game, and with both being triggered by scatters anyone has a chance at getting to play them, regardless of how much they’ve wagered.