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Towering Pays Excalibur

Fortune Games® Slots Review of Towering pays Excalibur Slot Game 

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An online slot based on the ever-popular King Arthur legend lets GamesLab's Towering Pays game mechanic shine. Towering Pays Excalibur is powered by Yggdrasil Gaming and offers much of the same gameplay as Towering Pays Valhalla, meaning similar pros and cons. 

The studio has made a few changes to the features, of which there are many. We'll pull swords out of stones in merry olde England if you're up for it.

The graphics have a more down-to-earth feel to them than Valhalla's slightly etheric quality. Rather cold, actually, as a gray square-shaped castle and bridge over a river or moat stands behind the dynamic game panel.

As part of the Towering Pays feature, the grid expands from a 5-reel, 3-row configuration to an 8-row configuration. The number of paylines increases with the number of rows.

When the grid reaches its maximum height, 65 paylines cross the reels. 15 paylines cross the reels at the initial 3-row height. Excalibur is easy on the eyes without being particularly impressive. Basically, it doesn't leave a lasting impression.

Towering Pays Excalibur is a medium-high volatility game with a long list of features. You can play the game in two modes - regular mode where stakes range from 25p/c to £/€25 per spin, or Quest Bet, which increases stakes to 40p/c to £/€40. If Quest Bet is activated, an additional Hold & Spin feature can be triggered, which is not possible when it is deactivated.

Getting three identical symbols across these paylines from the left side of the game panel results in a win, and there are ten regular symbols.

The first four are low pay suits, worth 0.6x to 0.8x the bet for five of a kind, followed by wolves, horses, and four character high pays. For a five symbol win, this non-card lot is worth 1x to 6x the bet. King Arthur wilds can replace any pay symbol, landing on any reel, and are worth 10x the stake if five appear on a payline.

In normal play or in the Lancelot and Merlin features, the Excalibur symbol appears on reels 1, 2, or 3. In Arthur and Camelot features, it appears on reels 1, 2, 3, or 4, while in the Camelot feature, it appears on all reels. Whenever Excalibur symbols land, they transform into the same random symbol and can cover part or all of the reel.

Stage Play

As soon as Excalibur appears on a reel that can hold at least one, play moves to the next stage and an additional row and 10 paylines are added. The stage play continues until the panel reaches eight rows high and resets at the end of the Avalon feature.

Prize Multiplier

At random, a prize multiplier may occur on any winning spin. The more rows are active, the higher the multiplier may be, from x2 up to x10.

Feature Wheel

When three Feature Wheel symbols appear on reels 1, 3 and 5, the Feature Wheel is activated. Players can win Hold & Spin, Win Spins, one of the free spins rounds, or Wheel Upgrades, which increase their chances of winning when the wheel respins.

A prize multiplier may occur on any win during Lancelot or Merlin Free Spins. During Arthur Free Spins, Excalibur may also appear on reel 4, and during Camelot Free Spins, Excalibur appears on reel 4 or 5 when the grid is 8 rows high. 

On the 5x3 grid, all of these features award six free spins. +1 extra free spin is awarded when Excalibur appears on at least one position on each active reel.

Win Spins

On each Win Spin, Excalibur covers reels 1, 2, and 3 on the current grid while reels 4 and 5 spin. Grids do not increase in size, and a win is guaranteed on each spin.

Avalon Feature

In normal game mode, Excalibur must appear on reels 1, 2 and 4 on the 5x8 grid to trigger this feature. Spins of the multi-level feature Wheel award either wheel upgrades, free spin bonuses, Win Spins, or Hold & Spin if Quest Bet is active.

Hold & Spin

When Quest Bet is active, Excalibur may reveal shield symbols. The Hold & Spin feature is triggered if at least 6 shields appear. 

If more than 6 shields are in view, each extra shield adds a row, up to 8. Once triggered, 3 respins are then awarded with all triggering shields held in position. Only shields may land during the feature, resetting respins when they do.

At the end of the round, prize values on the locked shield symbols are awarded. If shield symbols display a Feature Wheel, this is awarded when the Hold & Spin ends. Filling all positions with shields gets you an extra 1,000x the bet payout on top of any other winnings.

Bonus Buy

LThe last but not least is the feature buy button, which offers two options.For 50x the bet players spin to win Wheel Upgrades, Win Spins, or Lancelot Spins, or for 80x the bet you can win any of those or Merlin Spins.

*All values (Bet Levels, Maximum Win, etc.) mentioned in relation to this slot game are subject to change at any time