Considering how many Microgaming products we’ve had to slog through as of late, it says a lot that the last Barcrest slot we examined was a complete and utter failure. Their newest offering, Lady of Avalon, is more of a sure thing than a show stopper. This slot machine, with its 5-reel, 3-row, 10-payline layout, is essentially a fantasy-themed version of the very volatile “Book of” slot machine.
Here, growing symbols during free spins are the key to big payouts. As is common practice, Barcrest aims its games squarely at high rollers by offering a greater return to player percentage for bets of €2 or more (96% vs. 94%). Despite the fact that we disagree, at least they’re honest about it. Lady of Avalon is available for play on mobile devices, tablets, and desktop computers with wagers ranging from 10 cents to 500 Euros.
Lady of Avalon, like previous Barcrest games, has an uncomplicated layout. The royal values from A to 10, with black horses, spellbooks, medieval castles, and wizards are shown against a moonlight lake. Five of them on an active payline will multiply your wager by 500 times, just like the Explorer symbol in Book of Ra (Novomatic). If you get five of Lady Avalon anywhere on a payline, you’ll win 250 times your wager because she acts as both a scatter and a wild symbol.
Describing the Avalon Maiden
Getting at least three scatter symbols anywhere on the reels triggers Lady of Avalon’s free spins bonus round. You get 10 free spins to start, and before the game even begins, a unique symbol is picked at random to act as an expanding symbol. It will engulf the entire reel when it settles on it. Furthermore, winning combinations of symbols do not require an adjacent pair of symbols.
The biggest payoff is 5,000 times your wager if you get a complete screen of the wizard symbol. Additional free games may be won by getting three or more scatter symbols anywhere on the reels during the bonus. The bonus can be reactivated as many times as you like.
The Final Say on Lady Avalon
What you get is a very boring “Book of” clone, and if you’re just playing for fun and don’t have much to wager, there’s no incentive to play Lady of Avalon instead of Book of Ra or Book of Dead (unless the casino has changed the RTP on those slots from their default amount). There’s also something about the playability when it comes to Barcrest, the count-ups in particular, that makes them a bit unpleasant to play in our opinion, although not a dealbreaker if the game is decent.
Lady of Avalon is a decent alternative to Novos and Play’n GO if you don’t have access to those two. After all, the paytable is the same as the “Book of” slots, and so is the maximum win of 5000x. Surprisingly, Lady of Avalon’s music is the film’s strongest suit. However, you’ll need to turn on auto-spin to fully enjoy it, as Barcrest slots often don’t have in-game music.