Xcalibur Slot Game Review

Travel back in time hundreds of years in this old-world meets new slot from microgaming! With a whopping 50 paylines, Xcalibur is featured around the legendary King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table – players are invited to join them all on their journey through the mythical (and rather fun sounding) Camelot.

Highlights

  • Slot type: Video Slot
  • Reels: 5
  • Scatter: Yes
  • Theme: Fantasy
  • Lines: 50
  • Bonus Game: yes
  • Free Spins: Yes
  • Software: Microgaming

How to Play

Playing Xcalibur slots (not to be confused with Excalibur slots – the ‘X’ is a little irritating but intentional) is as straightforward as a round table! As with any other slot, set the amount you’d like to bet in the ‘Line Bet’ box – the lowest bet is $0.01, and the highest bet is $2.00 – then set the amount of lines you’d like to play: these can be anywhere from 1-10, then either 10, 20, 30, 40 or the maximum amount – 50.

There are 5 reels to play, and once you’re satisfied with your line bet and lines in play, it’s time to spin the big green play button! There’s also autoplay if your fingers are tired, which allows you sit back and relax while the game runs automatically for 5, 10, 25, 50 or 100 spins.

Jackpots

Unfortunately, there’s no progressive jackpot attached here, BUT if you’re lucky enough to spin 5 Arthur symbols on an activated payline, you’ll receive the max jackpot of 1000 coins. With an RTP of 96.8%, it seems like the chances to win are pretty good for players!

Special Features and Bonuses

While there’s magic afoot, Xcalibur also has a fair few special features to keep us mere mortals entertained! These are:

  1. Excalibur Wild Symbol: this isn’t just any Wild symbol! Spin Excalibur swords onto reels 1,3 and 5 for a rather nice Wild symbol stack – which can lead to some rather nice winning combinations!
  2. Key Bonus: spin Keys onto reels 2,3 and 4 to unlock the Key Bonus! You’ll see 8 doors appear, and you have to click on the doors to open them – and behind each door is a prize. Keep opening the doors until you see the ‘Collect’ button appear, which means the game is over, and you’ll be returned to the main game. Each door hides a different multiplier – 1x, 2x, 3, 4x, 5x, 6x, 7x, 8x, 9x, or 10x your total bet.
  3. Merlin Free Spins: The Merlin, or ‘Wizard’ symbol can make the magic happen for you – if you spin 3 or more of his (rather grumpy-looking) face onto the reels, you’ll automatically receive 12 Free Spins, where all your resulting wins will be doubled, which is rather nice. But, this is a bit of double-edged sword too – unfortunately, these Free Spins can’t be retriggered while you’re playing – you’ll have to wait for your next Merlin Free Spins round instead.

Graphics and Sounds

The graphics are infused with an almost Medieval style –  the rigid lines of the reels, the font used for the instructions and messages and the colours used are all the right-side of dreary, yet bright enough to keep a modern audience interested. The face symbols – Arthur, Guinevere and Merlin – are very nicely, photo-realistically drawn, and are very attractive to look at (yes, even Merlin’s scowling face is a delight to behold).

Sound-wise, this is where the slot could have tried a bit better. Each time the reels spin, there’s a clacking sound, similar to what you’d expect from the sound of a sword, or heavy iron gate falling to the floor. Otherwise, the sounds are very old-skool slot – a trill of bells when you win on a payline. Otherwise, there is some really nice Camelot-era music when you win a special feature, complete with trumpets and a nice fanfare.

Conclusion

Overall, this is a subtly different sort of slot game – you don’t see many King Arthur-themed slots about, so this is something a bit different. Add in the very appreciated 50 paylines, the old-world meets new feeling generated by the graphics and sounds, and you have a nice little timewaster. We would have liked to have seen some more interesting bonuses, but as slot games go, even a multiplier bonus feature and some non-retriggering Free Spins will do us just fine and dandy.