Avalon by Microgaming
The sequel to Avalon, suitably titled Avalon 2, has proven to be a big hit here at Games Mania, with the excellent features and unbeatable atmosphere always leading to it being a big hit among our players. However, while players have been enjoying that one, we realised that we had never quite got round to adding the original game to the selection – until now. If there was ever a course on the history of slot games, Avalon would be in there as one of Microgaming’s breakthrough hits. The fact that it is still popular to this day says it all, so let’s take a look at what makes it so special.
There are twenty lines on the game and the visuals, while perhaps slightly dated, are still right up there with what we would expect from even current games. The playing card symbols were pretty much guaranteed on games of this generation so we cannot complain all that much, and the themed symbols are highly detailed, leading to a great sense of immersion. There are even two different wild cards to help things along, delivered in the form of the treasure chest and Avalon itself in the clouds.
Feature action begins with something that is also highly reminiscent of the time period in which this game was released, with players being able to take any win and gamble it on a card game. Choose the colour of the next card to double your prize, or go all out on selecting a suit instead with the potential reward of increasing your prize four times over – the choice is yours!
Avalon Free Spins
The gamble game may be great for keeping things ticking over and turning poor wins into worthwhile ones, but the real feature action is reserved for the free spins bonus. The Lady in the Lake is the scatter symbol on this game and players will be looking to land her three or more times at once, anywhere on the board. Doing so will award twelve free games and it is possible to land twelve more during the round itself, simply by landing the same combination of scatters once again. A random multiplier is assigned at the beginning of the round and it can reach up to seven times the standard prize value. Players will also notice that both of the wild cards mentioned above will be prominent during free spins, making it even more possible to land the biggest possible wins.
If we were to compare the Avalon slots side by side then the sequel would obviously have to take priority, not least because it happens to be one of the very best games that we have ever played. That said, the original game is still exceptionally solid and has stood the test of time well to continue to rank among Microgaming’s most played games on any given day. If you’ve never experienced it before then you’re missing out, so be sure to take a closer look at everything that the game has to offer by playing for free at the top of this review.