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The Wombat says: Hail all knights of the round table (or at least adventure loving Avalon slot fans, or just fancy dress enthusiasts!) Join the legendary King Arthur on his noble quest to win stacks of cash on the reels! Now that’s the kind of mythology that hits this wombat straight in the wallet, I’m in, just let me dust off my helmet, armour and put this hot dog down!
Yes, this mythical slot is all based on Arthurian legend and named after the mythical island of Avalon where the famous King died; a place which is shrouded in spooky tales of old.
Avalon is also rumoured to be the very spot where King Arthur’s infamous sword Excalibur (you know, the one in the lake) was forged and where the regal dude came to rest after his final fight, the Battle of Camlann. You know wombat fans, this head isn’t just filled with sawdust all of the time!
While Avalon is one of Microgaming’s older games (and you can tell, slightly), this game does have a big fan base who still love to play it, despite there being a later version of this game. That says something about its timeless feel and lucrative gaming.
So what is it about this game that makes Avalon such a great slot to play? Well, this game’s theme has that long standing mystery surrounding it and that just keeps us going back for more. The Thunderstruck slot is another classic that has a cult status and this game also falls back on those myths of old to keep players coming back for another spin. It might be something to do with the 40,000 coin win potential perhaps!
Compare the Avalon slot to Microgaming’s later games, like the Big Bad Wolf slot for instance, and you do start to appreciate how things have moved on. It looks pretty good on a mobile though, we’ll give them that.
The vibe of the game is slightly muted – it’s Avalon’s unspoken secrets which give the slot an edgy feel. The character symbols are all mystically made up of ethereal blues and greys that dominate the screen. Despite its age this game can still hold its head up in the graphic’s stakes. It just shows what a forward thinking bunch of dudes Microgaming are!
Avalon comes with a bit of a Marmite soundtrack- you’ll either love it or hate it. Imagine a blend of Celtic pipe music, the calm sounds of the sea, and wind chimes that are very soothing after a hard days’ spinning… or a little bit freaky if you’re easily spooked like this marsupial.
Avalon is a 3 row , 5 reel and 20 pay-line magic infused slot. As I mentioned, despite its vintage this game still looks great on your mobile device.
The regal looking frame and reels are fairly stuffed with ancient treasures. Your high-value symbols are all Arthurian-themed and include; the much fabled Holy Grail (the famous cup to you slot fans), a heavily bejeweled ornament, the Avalon crest and a crown (surely that belongs on Arthur’s head?)
The lower value icons on the reels are the standard 10 through to Ace of the card deck and you’re ready to go. This slot treat is all in the best tradition of our legendary games (try the Viking Fire slot for another game that packs in plenty of swords and mayhem!)
The game’s exceptionally rewarding Wild icon is the misty Isle of Avalon, rising from the clouds (gulp!). If the slot gods are smiling on your game, you’ll manage to land five of these spooky Wilds on an active pay-line and earn a euphoria inducing 600 coin prize. Wooo flippin’ hooo!
Slightly unusually, this game comes with a second Wild- a treasure chest which makes its entrance during the free spin games only to make you more winning combos.
Only Avalon’s Scatter can substitute for Wild. The Scatter symbol is the terrifying figure of the ghostly looking Lady of the Lake (she’s the mystic one who handed King Arthur his sword from the water!)
Multiple Avalon symbols can also create winning combos of their own, but you’ll only win for the highest one that you create on the reels.
Scatters and Spin
Get 3, 4 or 5 Lady of the Lake Scatters anywhere in sight and you’ll set off the Free Spin feature, hurrah! You’ll be given 12 freebie spins to make you cash happy.
This sweet spins round comes with an extra gift and wombat fans, it is our favourite type of treat. Each win you manage to generate in this mode will have a random multiplier applied to it. You’re looking at gains of double your win, all the way up to a mighty fine x7 multiplier- this wombat was beside itself at the prospect! But best of all, your free spins can also be re-triggered during this bonus round. Who knew that classic slot play could taste this good?
For those players who just want to keep their fun coming, this game comes with a Gamble feature. Simply click on the Gamble button to increase your loot if you’re feeling lucky.
Your challenge is to guess the colour of the face-down card correctly, and your win is doubled if you do. Furthermore, if you can guess the right suit of that same card then your win will be quadrupled. However, as always, remember a wrong guess will lose you the lot… Beware Wombat fans!
Play Avalon on Mobile
This wombat likes to play on the hop, so we’re pleased that Avalon slot can be played on all devices, including mobile and tablet – with all the same features as on your desktop. The only difference being that your 20 paylines are fixed and can’t be adapted.
Despite Microgaming launching its sequel to this game, Avalon II, in 2014-we can’t help but feel that this original slot is better. It has some simple classic slot play at its core. In fact, we are very fond of the Arthurian theme, and the decent payout table – think Monty Python and the Holy Grail, but just not as funny!
OK, the Avalon slot is a bit simplistic compared to more recent games, but it’s still very popular in the classic 5 reels slot class, so our advice is: give it a go to see a bit of online slot history in action. The only thing missing here is me dressed in armour romancing the famous Lady Guinevere!