Avalon was released in late 2006, so this slot is already ten years old. Despite its vast age, and the fact that Microgaming have released a far modern, far more expansive sequel; Avalon continues to be one of the leading slot machines ever developed by Microgaming, and can be found at all good casinos offering Microgaming software. This is considered to be the more elementary but more popular of the two Avalon video slots.
The theme of this slot machine game is naturally that of Arthurian legend. Anybody familiar with the tale will recognise the holy grail, Ark of the Covenant, Lady of the Lake, and Isle of Avalon symbols. Although the imagery in this game is not as thematic as that of its sequel, and the graphics are dated, there is still a lot of life and excitement to be playing the Avalon slot machine.
Players shouldn’t have too much trouble getting to grips with the Avalon slot machine. For starters, the game only contains 20 lines upon its 5 reels. Players can select coin sizes which range from AU$0.01 up to AU$2.00 and bet as many as 10 coins per payline in this game. The slot machine can be played for as little as AU$0.01 per line per spin, with maximum wagers extended as much as AU$400 a spin. That is a pretty reasonable wagering range for any simple video slot, and it should make the game affordable for players operating on all sorts of budgets.
The most a player can hope to win playing the Avalon slot is roughly 3,000 coins. This is won by landing 5 of the Island of Avalon symbols on any active payline. The second highest prize is paid out via the treasure chest symbol, which only appears during the free spins bonus, and is worth 1,000 coins. Other thematic symbols in this slot include the Lady of the Lake, crowns, crests, cups, and jewels, as well as the standard high playing card icons.
Wild symbols take the shape of the Island of Avalon icon and can substitute for all other symbols save for scatters. Wilds are also the best-paying symbols in the slot.
Those scatter icons appear as the Lady in the Lake icons. When players land 2, 3, 4 or 5 of these symbols anywhere on the reels they will pocket scattered wins. Three or more symbols will trigger the slot’s singular bonus round.
After pocketing any win in this slot machine, players can choose to gamble their winnings. This petite side-feature can see players guess the next card colour or suit in the sequence. Doing so correctly can see them double or quadruple their winnings, respectively. Guessing incorrectly will end the feature as the player loses their recently acquiring winnings.
Players will begin with a total of 12 free spins. During this bonus round, players can pocket multipliers worth as much as 7x the normal rate of pay. The treasure chest replaces the Island of Avalon symbol as a wild in this feature, and the free spins bonus can be retriggered by landing additional scatters on the reels in the Avalon slot game.