Excalibur Unleashed (Pragmatic Play) Slot Review
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Excalibur Unleashed: Slot Overview
We all are familiar with the stories and tales of King Arthur and the legendary sword Excalibur. This time Pragmatic Play rewrote King Arthurs story and calling it Excalibur Unleashed giving us their own version of the story with animals and a medieval theme to it. So let us find out if you are the chosen one to pull Excalibur out of the stone to claim the throne!
Excalibur Unleashed is played on 5 reels with a 3-5-5-5-3 pattern and 20 lines. If you´re not familiar with this pattern we will briefly explain it for you. The first and last reel got three positions on them the middle reels got five, resulting in the before motioned pattern. Three identical symbols on adjacent reels on the selected pay lines result in a win. The slot pays from the left to the right and from the right to the left. There are 10 different winning symbols and a Wild-Symbol. The bet sizes range from 0.2€ to a maximum bet of 100€ (or equivalent). Bet sizes may vary depending on where you play.
The slot comes with 10 paying symbols, 5 low-tier, 2 mid-tier and 3 high tier symbols. We are referring to the payouts for a full line for each symbol. Starting with the lower paying symbols we got the 10 and J paying 2x followed by the slightly better paying Q and K with a payout of 2.5x. The best low-tier symbol is the A with a payout of 3x. For the 2 mid-tier symbols we got the Spell and Crystal-Ball with a payout of 5x. The Crown and Hamster paying 10x followed by the top-symbol with a payout of 25x.
Excalibur Unleashed: Stats and Special Symbols
Now let us a look at the Wild symbol being the only special symbol being present in the game.
The Wild symbol only appears on the first and last reel, substituting for all symbols. Whenever it lands it expands covering all 3 positions on the reel revealing a random multiplier. The multiplier values range from 2x up to 20x. If 2 wilds are part of the same win the values will be added up to each other. 2 Wilds will reward you with 6 Free-Spins.
The stats for Excalibur Unleashed are as follows: The slot comes with a RTP of 96.05% for the base game and with a RTP of 96.02% when using the feature buy function. The maximum win for Excalibur Unleashed is 5,000x your bet, if the total win of a round reaches the max win the round immediately ends. The slot is classified as a high volatility game, meaning that it pays out less often on average, but with a higher chance of hitting big wins. The chance of hitting the maximum win is 1 in 500,000. The chances of triggering the bonus are 1 in 179 spins.
Excalibur Unleashed: Feature Overview
Of course, Excalibur Unleashed has an exciting Free-Spins Feature for us, and like you already know the Wilds play an essential role for the feature.
Hitting a Wild-Symbol on the first and last reel result in 6 Free-Spins. The expanding Wild-Symbols will reveal a random multiplier and are staying for the entire Free-Spins feature. Every win will increase the multiplier of the connecting Wild-Symbol by plus one. If you have a win with both Wild-Symbols in the same spin one additional Free-Spin will be rewarded. There is no information if there is a limit for how often re-spins can be rewarded. Like mentioned before, when you hit a win with both wilds in a full line the multiplier values will be added up to each other. If your total win reaches 5,000x the Free-Spins feature will end even if you have spins left.
Bonus Buy feature
Just like almost every new Pragmatic Play slot Excalibur Unleashed comes with the option of buying the Free-Spins. The bonus buy comes at the cost of 85x your current bet. After buying the bonus wilds will land on the first and last reel revealing a random multiplier ranging, other than Wild-Symbols landing in the base game, from 1x to 20x. Same as triggering the Free-Spins feature naturally you will start with 6 Free-Spins.
Excalibur Unleashed: Conclusion
Excalibur Unleashed told us King Arthurs story in a manner we are used from Pragmatic Play slots, and they did a great job with that once again. Nice deigns and a setting fitting the chosen theme helping the slot to stand out.
That Pragmatic Play slots have nice game mechanics and visuals is known, but what about the gameplay? Excalibur Unleashed is an innovative slot but even exiting moments, like wilds with high multipliers, can result in very disappointing results because of the slots high volatility. The 3-5-5-5-3 pattern, expanding wilds and the fact that the slot pays in both directions is a good slod idea but also being the only thing, the slot has to offer to distinguish itself from other slots.
So, what do we think about Excalibur Unleashed? The slot isn´t a bad slot for sure, but it has its frustrating moments, but that’s the bitter taste that comes with high volatility games and that does not mean there are no exciting ones at all. If you want to win big you must take the risk. Nonetheless we enjoyed playing it, a nice design and a slot pattern we don’t see that often followed by a nice maxwin of 5,000x result in a solid game.