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Based on the legend of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table (and the mysterious Lady of the Lake, of course), this online video slot from Microgaming is steeped in the traditions and long forgotten histories of medieval England. In fact, this game proved so popular that Microgaming ended up making a sequel to it – the review of which you can read right here on CasinoTop UK. The original Avalon game has a return to player of around 96%, which makes it one of the highest paying slots out there. Plus, the numerous bonus features, including the chance to Gamble (and double or quadruple) your winnings, will give you plenty to play for. So, join us as we go on a quest to find the Holy Grail and the island of Avalon in this slot review.
The beauty of Avalon is that it is just so easy to pick up and play, and because the game comes from the esteemed Microgaming studio, you should have no trouble finding it at multiple UK online casinos. So, with the game loaded up and the scene setting title sequences completed, take a quick look over the bottom of the screen for all the controls you’re going to need to spin those reels – there are also a couple of Payout buttons that can be used at any point to view the pay tables and game rules whenever you need them. The Expert button enables you to access things like AutoPlay, but let’s stick to the main controls here. So, from left to right, you will see that you can choose to adjust your Coin Value, the number of Lines per spin, amount of Coins and finally, skipping all of that, you can choose to Bet Max each time. Last but not least, you can set the reels in motion with the Spin button in the centre.
As this slot is based on the legend of King Arthur, you will find illustrations of him and his queen, Guinevere, on the reels. These are in addition to the Lady of the Lake we mentioned earlier, the Castle of Camelot, a Treasure Chest, the Avalon Coat of Arms and the mythmaking Holy Grail itself. We must congratulate Microgaming for creating such awesome graphics, all of which will perform a little sequence whenever you get a winning combination across the reels. In fact, even the 10, Jack, Queen, King and Ace symbols have been decked out in the full regalia of an Arturian court. Once again, the designers at Microgaming have done an excellent job.
The music of Avalon will transport you back to a time when divine right mixed with magic freely – there is plenty to immerse you in the royal courts of olde England, with lutes, harps and flutes providing the main melodies. In short, you will feel ready to take on any quest given to you by royal decree and you will be willing to fight and die for Camelot – at least that’s how we felt throughout as we quested for the Holy Grail. Therefore, we must award Microgaming a high title for coming up with such evocative and atmospheric music that perfectly fits the main theme.
By far our favourite way to win on the Avalon video slot was by landing three or more Lady of the Lake symbols on the reels. This opened up the free spins bonus rounds (12 of them, in fact), where a whopping seven times multiplier is applied to every win! And once you come away with a sizable win from these bonus rounds, you are given the galant opportunity to risk it all to either double or quadruple your winnings. Hitting the Gamble button will bring up this option and you’ll be taken to a tavern-like card game. Here, you’ll be given the chance to pick the colour of the next card in the deck to double your winnings, or if you’re feeling particularly lucky, you can decide on the suit of the next card to quadruple your winnings.
We must admit we had forgotten about the original Avalon game since the sequel came out, but this video slot still has a lot to offer. We highly recommend it to new players, particularly because it is so easy to pick and you are not likely to get overwhelmed. Play for the Holy Grail!