Intro: Game Theme
Just about everyone has heard of King Arthur. There is a lot of debate if he was an actual historical figure, or a made up myth. No doubt, many of his exploits are in the realms of fantasy, but that is part of what makes those tales so memorable. Despite so many stories, none quite sticks with people as the tale of XCalibur. A legendary sword that laid dormant before the worthy king managed to pull it from its stone confines! The slot has several special features, including a pick-and-click bonus, a free spins round and a full-reel Wild.
The graphics of this game are somewhat simple. It is clear the developers have opted to style their visuals to look like a physical machine more so than an immersive experience. You can see the difference when you compare it to Avalon. Both titles explore the same theme, but take different approaches in doing so. That said, Microgaming has certainly not slacked off with the graphics. We can see a rather stunning view in the background image above the reels. The symbol designs are also gorgeous, and help set the tone for this release.
- RTP: 97.62%
- Betting Range: £0.01 – £12.50
- Max Win: £25,000
- Similar Slots: Avalon, Thunderstruck, Hall of Gods
How it Works
You play XCalibur on a five-reel board with fifty paylines. Unlike a great deal of other slots, here you can turn off almost all of your paylines. You can play with all fifty or just one payline; though we do not recommend the latter as it makes landing wins difficult. In order to win, you need to find three or more matching icons, starting with the leftmost reel. All winning combinations must follow an active payline, and must have symbols in adjacent positions to grant a cash prize. The user interface is very easy to use. We can spin the reels, set up Auto Play, change our total bet and open the paytable. In the upper right corner, we can turn sound on or off and open the help menu for this game. Depending on the line bet and number of active paylines, you can wager between £0.01 and £12.50 on each spin.
Icon designs are done quite nicely, both in terms of their style and in terms of the animations they offer. Lower value symbols are playing card royals: J, Q, K and A. They have been stylised to have a uniform look, which helps them fit well with the Arthurian theme. Higher value icons include a helmet, two swords and a shield, a dragon, a woman and a man. The sword Excalibur serves as a Wild, and the wizard serves as a Scatter. Finally, a key and lock act as a bonus symbol. There are no other special icons available.
Wilds can appear on the first, third and fifth reel. They can substitute for all symbols except for Scatters and bonus icons. Wilds appear as a 1×3 symbol, which allows it to cover the entire row it is occupying. Keep in mind that this is not guaranteed to occur. We have seen it cover just two spaces or even one.
Find three or more Scatters to win twelve free spins. Getting more than three Scatters does not grant you additional free spins, but instead awards a better cash prize. Three, four or five Scatters earns you a 3x, 20x or 100x reward, respectively. During free spins, all cash prizes are increased by a 2x multiplier. The bonus is played at the same bet level and number of active paylines as the triggering spin. Finally, it is not possible to win additional free spins while the special feature is already active.
Find three keys in reels two, three and four at the same time to win the Key bonus. All icons on the reels disappear, leaving behind eight doors. Click on the doors to reveal prizes hidden behind them. You can keep opening doors until you find the Collect. At that point, the special feature ends and all cash prizes you found until then are added to your balance.
This release is not the best title Microgaming has ever produced. However, there is no denying it has a rustic charm to it that is hard to pass up on. It also helps that XCalibur is also the highest RTP slot this developer has ever produced, clocking in at 97.62%! Fun special features and a decent payout will attract a great deal of players to try this game. Give it a whirl, and let it show you why so many players still enjoy it to this day!