The thick fog that is hovering above the water opens like a theatre curtain before the bow of your ship, and you behold the Isle of Apple Trees, the land where death and decay are unknown, and where the Lady of the Lake awaits, and the chests overflow with ancient treasure. This is a review of the “Avalon” video slot by Quickfire.
Avalon is the magic island that is described in the cycle of legends about King Arthur and his Knights of the Roud Table. Arthur’s sword Excalibur was believed to have been forged on Avalon, and this is where Artur was taken, grievously wounded, after the great Battle of Camlann in which he killed the evil Mordred, his illegitimate son by Morgause, Arthur’s own half-sister. Alavon is also called “Isle of Fruit Trees” or “Isle of Apple Trees”. It is the ultimate Elysium, the blessed land that knows no injury or death, but that is concealed from the eyes of mortals and can only be achieved by exceptional people in exceptional circumstances.
In your quest through Apple Island, you are going to meet the enigmatic Lady of the Lake. The Lady is the enchantress that gave Arthur Excalibur, laid a spell on the great sorcerer Merlin, and even spirited away the valiant knight Lancelot. The beautiful lady, also known as Viviane and Nimue, appears in many stories, from the 13th-century chivalric romances to Walter Scott’s poem, to the 20th-century musical. Her identity is never certain, she is clad in mystery and wield great magic power.
“Avalon” is a 5-reel, 3-row video slot with 20 paylines paying left to right and an RTP of 96,01%. The bets range from 0.50 to 100 coins. In Bitcasino, you can play it on both mobile and desktop devices without the loss of quality and can place your bets in BITC, ETH or SOC.
The lower-level symbols are the 10, Jack, Queen, King, and Ace (the maximum win is 150 coins for five in a row). The higher-paying symbols are the silver Goblet (400 coins for 5 of these), a large Emerald in gold casting (500 coins for five symbols), the Coat of Arms (600 coins for five in a row), and, finally, the Royal Crown that pays 800 coins if five of these land on your reels in a row.
The mysterious Lady of the Lake is the Scatter symbol which awards you 200x your bet if five of these symbols land on the reels. The Scatter symbols, unlike the regular paylines, pay any way, and the wins are multiplied by your bet and added to the regular payline wins. However, keep in mind that only one Scatter win per spin will be paid, and that is the one with the biggest win.
The Wild symbols are the enchanted Castle that can substitute anything but the Scatter, and a large Chest of gold that acts as an extra Wild symbol and will substitute for any other symbol except for the Scatter during the bonus Free Spins game.
“Avalon” video slot also offers you the Gamble feature, the chance to double or even quadruple your win. Once you’ve hit the winning combination, you can either keep the win or gamble (and risk to lose your newly won gold). If you choose to gamble, on a new screen, you will be presented a deck of cards and can either attempt to guess the color of the card, which, if successful, will double your bet, or guess the suit of the card – this option is a tad risky but if your guess is correct, the sum of your win will be quadrupled. You can gamble up to five times per game.
Free Spins Feature
The Free Spins game is triggered if you get three, four or five Scatter symbols. You then get 12 free spins which can be reactivated during the bonus game. While your reels spin, the two Wild symbols will substitute for all other symbols except for the Lady of the Lake Scatter. The paylines and the bets work the same way as they do in the base game that triggered the Free Spins game.
“Avalon” is a simple an elegant game that looks like a jewelry box: the symbols are beautifully drawn, and the overall color scheme creates an impression of a fairytale book illustration, full of magic trinkets, velvet fairy capes, and heavy royal gold, its shine dimmed by the patina of time. The music matches the artwork: soft, balanced tunes sound as if they echo in the high halls of the castle of the mist-clad enchanted island.
The gameplay is clean and smooth, not overburdened with bells and whistles, yet the bonus game is rewarding, and the extra Wild symbol offers you an additional opportunity to tip your hands into the heap of fairy gold.
This game is rather universal, fit for both the beginners who are looking for something easy yet profitable and the seasoned players who prefer their slots to have good payouts while remaining straightforward.
Words: Jelena Schmidt