As British legends go, this one is a corker! King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table provides a healthy smattering of magic, mystery and awe. Rumour has it that the characters of the story are loosely based on the supine associations held by Geoffrey of Monmouth, who took task to shape the stories from legend to print.
Seen as quite the challenge, he rose to it well, the result being the virility of the story today. Taking on the modern-day equivalent, our friends at Microgaming bring the story to the online casinos with their bold interpretation of the legend.
Presented over the standard 5 x 3 setup with a 25 payline structure, King Arthur is a beautifully put together slot. Design-wise it is stunning, with Arthur and Guinevere positioned either side of the reels looking very regal, and the famous Excalibur sword floating above the reels themselves.
Symbols across the reels are tasteful
Symbols across the reels for the lower value wins come in the form of a rather predictable and unadventurous playing card deck, from 10 to Ace, they might be unadventurous but they look very nice. High-value symbols are the Holy Grail and the Lady in the Lake, which both exist to complement the wilds and scatters detailed below.
The wilds come in the form of both King Arthur and Merlin, that other mythical figure. Wilds replace all other symbols to form wins, except for the scatter. The scatters are both the sword in the stone and the legendary castle of Camelot. The latter contributing to the activation of the Quest Game feature.
There’s always a bonus to being king
Camelot Bonus Quest Game
Fairly simple to get this going, it triggers after you land three, four or five of the Camelot bonus symbols across an active payline. This will take you to a scene overlooking Camelot, choose from various paths and entrances each with a range of multiplier values.
Guide our Arthur left or right on the first two stages, he’ll then take things into his own hands and continue alone. You’re looking to get him through an entrance with the 4x your win multiplier, there is also an entrance offering nothing at all, so stay lucky people. To be honest this one’s is a tough sell to us, as we found it pretty hard to make something of, as easy as it might be to activate.
Wild Symbols Explained
As mentioned before Arthur and Merlin feature as wilds in the base game. If Arthur is the contributor to one of your winning combinations he will slap a 2x reward on it, which is nice of him, isn't it?
Sword in the Stone Scatter
Whilst the Camelot scatters trigger the feature above, the sword in the stone scatter will activate a quirky little feature if you get three, four or five of these symbols anywhere on the reels. Watch Arthur approach the swords and attempt to free them, when he succeeds you’ll receive an additional multiplier worth up to a maximum of 32x the win with five scatters and five successful attempts.
It’s recommended that you start small on this one, not only to get used to the game but also as smaller stakes actually increase your number of spins, as well as boosting your chances of triggering those two key bonus features. There isn’t any strategy with these features, but we found that more money was to be made from the Sword in the Stone feature.
There are a few aspects of this game that are often overlooked in reviews, and for us these were the most attractive features. There is a great wealth of facts about King Arthur and the legend, so it becomes so much more than just a slot, it’s a fake history lesson too. Couple that with some motivational quotes which drag the story kicking and screaming right to the now, and a great soundtrack, we can’t recommend this slot enough.
Words: David Bailey-Lauring