Excalibur is a 5 reel, 3 row, 20 payline online slot game from NetEnt, which takes its inspiration from the mythical tales of King Arthur, his medieval court and Knights of the Round Table and, of course, his legendary sword, Excalibur.
With some great free spin and multiplier features, Excalibur also promises the chance to provide some quite legendary winnings!
Look and Feel
Excalibur looks and feels very much like a traditional slot machine, with a rich gold-themed color palette and ornate Celtic decoration on the reel frames.
Lower value alphanumeric symbols are shown as calligraphic letters and numbers on brightly colored heraldic shields, while the higher value symbols depict portraits of character from King Arthur’s story.
Arthur himself, Lancelot and Guinevere, Merlin, the Black Knight, Morgana le Fey, and of course the Lady of the Lake all feature, while the scatter symbol is the Holy Grail, and Excalibur itself makes an appearance as both the Wild symbol and the Golden Wild, which comes with a 4x multiplier on wins.
There isn’t much music, with wins and spins being accompanied by sword-slash sound effects, and the ambient soundtrack of voices, horse sounds, and few quasi-medieval flute notes is intensely repetitive, looping for just a few seconds.
However, what Excalibur lacks in aesthetics or immersion, it might be said to make up in options for bonus round play.
Excalibur offers a potential floor bet of 1p for a single pay line or 20p for all 20 pay lines, capped at a maximum £80 per spin.
Bet level is controlled simply by the “bet level” “bet lines” and “coin value” buttons, though you have to cycle through the options to choose the one you want, rather than being able to select your level with arrow keys.
There is a max bet function, and you can select autoplay from the bottom of the window (though there is no button in the UI itself) allowing you to focus on your gameplay experience.
The Holy Grail scatter symbol will trigger free spins, with three symbols being worth ten spins, four symbols earning twenty spins, and five symbols earning a generous thirty free spins. Each free spin win has a 3x multiplier, and further free spins can be earned during these rounds.
Of the two possible wilds, the standard Excalibur wild will offer a 2x multiplier, while the Golden Wild – which only appears in reel 3 – will offer a 4x multiplier on wins.
All in all, while not the most exciting or immersive NetEnt game out there, Excalibur certainly offers a solid play experience and the promise of attractive bonuses.