Legend of the Sword

(Snowborn Games) Slot Review

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Legend of the Sword: Slot Overview

If there is a style of gameplay the Microgaming family of designers can't get enough of it is the one sparked by Gameburger Studio's 9 Masks of Fire. The technique of using scatter symbols to trigger prizes of ascending values constantly oozes out of the workshop, appearing again and again under various guises. This time it has been paired with another regular of the slot's scene - King Arthur and his knights of the round table. If you've played 9 Masks or any of its imitators, you'll have a good idea of what to expect from Legend of the Sword. However, developer Snowborn has clipped on a couple of less common elements, so if you're up for pulling swords out of stones, let's see what they are.

Displayed on a piece of parchment taking up most of the screen is Legend of the Sword's 5-reel, 3,125 payline game grid. To the left of it, a prize ladder lays out the various rewards players can win in relation to the number of Excalibur Scatters in view or collected during free spins. The values are multiples of the bet, so they automatically update when changing stakes. The rest of the screen is taken up by Arthurian imagery, including Excalibur stuck in a stone, forests, mountains, and mythical Camelot teetering on a rocky outcrop. The mythical feeling is increased by a rich, chorus led soundtrack and some glowing dots on the screen. Are they fireflies or spirits? It's hard to say, but whatever they are, they succeed in adding a dash of mystery.

Legend of the Sword slot

Playable on smartphones, tablets, or desktop devices, Legend of the Sword offers stakes of 20 p/c to £/€24 per spin. The RTP is pretty decent if playing the most generous 96.12% version; otherwise, there's also a 94.08% version, or lower depending on the market. Players into these game types should be aware that Legend of the Sword's math model is highly volatile, though it technically lands a winning combination 36.82% of the time.

Wins hit when three or more matching symbols land left to right in any position from the left-hand side. This provides 3,125 ways to win, which is unusual to find in these sorts of games. Sword symbols are what you want to see in great numbers as they are the scatter, while regular paying tiles include four-card suit low pays, then shields, battle helms, cups, and crowns as the four premiums. When landing a five-symbol combination made up of high pays, a payout of 4 to 10 times the stake is coming your way. There's also a wild, substituting for any symbol on the reels except Excalibur Scatters or Camelot Free Spins symbols.

Legend of the Sword: Slot Features

Legend of the Sword slot

The Excalibur Scatters feature might be the main event, but Legend of the Sword also offers a slightly unorthodox round of free spins to go with it. To get your hands on an instant cash prize in the base game, you'll need to land 5 or more Excalibur Scatters. The amount of cash awarded is 2, 5, 10, 100, 1,000, or 10,000 times the bet when 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, or 10 scatters are in view.

It is possible to win scatter prizes during the free spins bonus game as well, and players get a helping hand in doing so. Free spins activate when 3 Camelot symbols land in the base game to trigger the Camelot Free Spins feature.

The round initially begins with 3 spins. Excalibur Scatters are collected when they land and also reset the spin counter. In addition, each Excalibur Scatter collected increases a win multiplier by +1, which is applied to any regular ways win. After free spins have finished, the total number of collected scatter symbols is tallied up, and any applicable prize is awarded – as described above.

Legend of the Sword: Slot Verdict

Okay, we get it, the Microgaming team like the 9 Masks of Fire thing. Snowborn certainly does, since Legend of the Sword is their third game so far to use the format, making up nearly half of their portfolio. Legend of the Sword follows on from Egyptian Tombs and Coin Bash, all focusing on the scatter win concept. Each one has offered slightly different side extras, and their themes have had nothing in common. Features wise, Legend of the Slot is quite close to Just For The Win's slot Elven Gold. Both have a touch of fantasy about them, revolve around scatter wins, and have a similar three free spins bonus game.

Where Legend of the Sword differs is its win multiplier during free spins and its pay all-ways system. You might think this would lead to better non-scatter wins during free spins, yet it didn't tend to be the case, during testing at least. To be fair, the potential for decent ways wins appears to be there for the lucky. The main event will always be the scatter collection prize of up to 10,000x the bet. Unless you rack up at least 9 scatters, don't expect to collect a whole lot, however.

If you're looking to squeeze the biggest payouts possible from this category of games, then Legend of the Sword's max win puts it around the middle of the scale. It's not the highest - that would be Emerald Gold with its 25,000x, though Legend is a lot more impressive than 9 Mask's original 2,000x top prize.

Essentially, Legend of the Sword still boils down to landing as many scatters as possible to tap its riches. It is an ok example, and if you add up the individual parts, it does offer a somewhat unique experience – for connoisseurs or enthusiasts at least. Players not as excited by this sort of gaming or who are suffering from 9 Masks fatigue might not pick up on the nuances or be all that convinced by them.

Mediocre

Legend of the Sword offers most of the same elements as other offerings in the 9 Masks of Fire family of slots, but it goes about it in a slightly more unique way.

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