The most famous sword in English history takes centre stage in Excalibur, a 5 reel, 20 payline video slot from Net Entertainment. This trip to the court of Camelot comes with some potentially magical extras including base game wilds that can multiply payouts by 2x and 4x. The game also comes with a free spins round where all payouts are tripled. Stakes range from between 20p and £80 per spin.
There’s a definite mediaeval feel to the design in Excalibur – flanked by dripping candles, the reels include lower value A to 10 symbols which are done in the shape of shields. More lucrative are the cast of characters associated with the legendary tale. They include a knight on horseback, the Lady of the Lake, Lancelot and Guinevere and the bearded wizard Merlin. His majesty King Arthur is the top payer awarding 3, 25, 100 or 750 coins if you land 2, 3, 4 or 5 in combination.
Helping to create those potential winners are a pair of wilds – appearing on all 5 reels is the famous sword Excalibur which is the standard wild. It substitutes for everything bar the scatter and offers payouts of up to 10,000 coins per payline (or 500 times your total bet). Land a winner that includes a mix of normal symbols and a wild and the payout is doubled. The golden Excalibur is the second wild – this can appear on the middle reel only. When this forms part of a winning combination with standard symbols, the payout gets a 4x boost.
The other symbol too look out for is the golden chalice which is the scatter – land 3, 4 or 5 of these anywhere on the same spin and you’ll pocket 5, 25 or 500 times your total stake. You’ll also trigger the Free Spins with 10, 20 or 30 free spins awarded respectively. Any winners landed during the feature benefit from the 3x multiplier boost. Land 3 or more scatters and you’ll get another round of free spins taking your potential total to 60.
Excalibur might not be the flashiest video slot in the NetEnt catalogue as far as design goes – it’s solid enough though and everything is perfectly clear. The thudding soundtrack is punctuated by the occasional blast of brass which heralds a winning spin.
The gameplay is pretty straightforward too as there’s nothing we haven’t seen before on offer here. The wild multipliers keep things ticking over nicely in the base game and the guaranteed 3x boost can have a big impact in the bonus feature.
The Arthurian legend has been retold many times and in many formats. This video slot version isn’t the boldest you’ll see but this medieval yarn is perfectly entertaining fare. It does offer you wins of 1,985 times your bet on every spin that includes the 4x multiplier from the golden Excalibur wild. If you like the medieval theme, Black Knight II by WMS Gaming is a must and is also highly volatile.