Avalon II Slots
Many considered the original Avalon game by MicroGaming to be something of a classic, so the pressure was on to create a game that was just as good, if not better than the original. It would be safe to say that this slot is certainly better. Once again you’ll find Arthur, Merlin, Guinevere, Morgan and a Black Knight on the reels, while the Lady of the Lake will also make an appearance. This game features stacked wilds, randomly awarded wins, multipliers and wilds and a bonus trail which will eventually see you make it all the way to the Isle of Avalon.
The moment you enter the game you’ll know it’s impressive from the epic, film score style soundtrack which plays throughout. This is added to by the backdrop of a misty moor scene where pillars contain shadowy hooded figures, while smoke drifts slowly to the ground from the platters they hold. On the reels each of the characters is designed in a classic style and they will come to life when forming part of a win line, these animations exquisite. The playing card symbols from 9 to Ace also appear, these adding a nice splash of colour to the game. If you are impressed by the graphics of the base game, you’ll be blown away by the features
Playing Avalon II
Avalon II is a 5 reel slot with 243 ways to win. Usually you’ll find a number of win lines at a slot, but here you’ll win when landing symbols on adjacent reels from left to right, irrespective of the position on the reels. Of the standard symbols, Arthur and Merlin are the highest paying at 1,000 and 800 coins respectively and both pay out for landing just two in a row. All of the other symbols require three or more in a row for a win.
The title symbol of the slot acts as the wild and will substitute for any other on the reels apart from the Lady of the Lake and the scatter. This is the highest paying symbol of the whole game and will pay 2,000 coins when appearing on all 5 reels.
Aside from the major feature of the slot, you’ll also find two randomly awarded bonuses. The first is when Merlin suddenly appears and will either multiply a win you’ve already achieved or give you an immediate cash prize on a losing spin. The Lady of the Lake appears on reel 3 and is an added wild, but on occasions she will magically transform to take up the entire reel, enabling many additional wins.
The final symbol on the reels is the grail and you’ll gain a cash award for landing two or more across any of the reels, but land three or more and you’ll also enter the bonus feature. Calling this a ‘bonus feature’ doesn’t actually do it justice, as this is more of a journey through many different features, with the aim of making the Isle of Avalon.
There are eight bonus rounds in all and you’ll start at the ‘Lake of Legend’. The aim here is to re-forge the sword Excalibur, this done by rolling a dice which will represent both a section of the sword and award a multiplier. From here you’ll move onto the other bonus rounds, some being compulsory, while you’ll be able to choose your path for some of the features. Highlight features include the Forest Falls with 20 free spins which include trailing wilds, the Whispering Woods where the White Knight will give you a selection of shields to choose from, while the Hall of Shadows sees you facing off against the Black Knight where every strike landed will gain you a prize. Having made it all the way you’ll enter the Isle of Avalon where you’ll spin the wheels of Avalon to reveal a prize. If you land the golden 0 on the final reel you’ll unlock the bonus reel for even greater rewards.
There are many words I could say about this slot but one word just about covers the whole thing – brilliant. From the moment you enter the game you’ll be enchanted and this is long before you even land a feature. Having activated the feature the game only improves and you’ll happily spend a long time moving from game to game and having completed Avalon II once, you’ll certainly want to again. If this slot isn’t at or near the top of your list I’d be very surprised – and if you haven’t played it yet, do so now!