Get ready for a “Book of …” slot in disguise as we are adding Lady of Avalon from Barcrest to the more than 100 titles featuring the pay mechanic with expanding symbols in the free spins. Does it have its own twist or is it a pure clone?
Well, the soon you open the game, you’ll realize there is one significant difference. The slot does not have an Egyptian, Mayan or Aztec theme, instead, we are taken to the sacred island of Avalon. According to legends, it is a mysterious otherworldly paradise that lies across the waters, beyond the mists. Well, wherever that may be. The Lady of Avalon is the beautiful goddess who dwells on the island and that is where the apparent differences end.
Lady of Avalon is a video slot in a 5×3 format with 10 fixed pay lines. You can play the game on any device from 0.10 to 500 credits per spin. While the top win potential in a game round is stated with 5,000 times your bet, the actual amount is limited by the provider to 250,000 credits. The RTP of this highly volatile game is set at from 94.00 for bets below 2 credits and at 96.00% for bets exceeding 2 credits per spin.
The slot has the simplistic appearance that is commong for Barcrest. The shores of the mysterious island on a night with clear skies can be seen in the background of the game window. The lady herself will make an appearance on the reels and will act as the wild and scatter symbol. A suspenseful soundtrack is the main audio, mixing quite well with the usual reel and win count noises.
The pay symbols start at the low end with the forever used card royals from 10 through to A, paying 10x to 15x your stake for a five of a kind On the high level you will find horses, books, castles, and wizards with wins ranging from 75 to 500x your stake. The Lady of Avalon herself is the scatter and wild symbol, substituting for all other symbols. She will also award 2x, 20x and 200x when three, four or five land scattered.
Hit three to five Lady of Avalon scatters anywhere on the reels in one spin to trigger 10 free spins, which can be re-triggered indefinitely. Before the bonus round starts, one of the nine regular pay symbols will selected as the special symbol. When sufficient land on a free spin, they will expand vertically to cover the entire reel and award wins for all 10 pay lines, which are paid on top of any potential line wins. It will need minimum three low-paying symbols or minimum two premium symbols anywhere on the screen to see them expand and award a win.
To bag the maximum win on this slot, you will need to be lucky enough to have the wizard chosen as the special symbol. Then you’ll have to be even luckier to hit five on the reels in one spin to see them expand and pay 10 times the single line win for a five of a kind. At 500x your bet per line, it will lead to the super mega win of 5,000x the stake.
Well, late to the party but still present for the last dance. That about sums it up what we think of Barcrest’s foray into “Book of …” slots. While it is well designed, which is in itself a feat for Barcrest as most of their games are still in the 20th century when it comes to graphics, it is down to Lady of Avalon to lure us to playing the game.
We didn’t like the varying RTP because on bets below two credits it runs at just 94% which is atrocious, to say the least. Bet more than that and you’ll get 96%, which is still lower than most “Book of …” slots. Your call whether you want to spin the reels on the Lady of Avalon slot.