You’ll find the fairy tale classics on the reels of this online slot from 888 Games. There is a princess, valiant knight and a wizard. Around the reels you will find stonework with gargoyles, bringing the dark era to life.
There is a second screen bonus game which is billed as a ‘quest’. This involves picking items on the way to rescue the princess from a distant castle. You can also trigger up to 30 free spins. While this slot is getting dated in terms of graphics – the game play is solid and there is certainly the potential for winning a dragon’s hoard of treasure.
If you enjoy slots from 888 Games, it will come as no surprise that there are 5 reels with 3 rows of symbols on each in this game. You can change the number of win lines, and bet from 1c per line (or 25c for the full set) and up each spin. An auto play option is available.
Of the regular symbols, the castle has the biggest prize by a long way. This is shrouded in mists, and will get you 5000 coins if you hit 5 of a kind on a win-line. This symbol pays from 2 of a kind (from the left), as do the dragon and princess. The other symbols all require a minimum of 3 from the left to trigger a win.
The higher paying symbols are completed by a bent over wizard, and an owl. Playing cards are in use as the lower paying symbols. These look like nothing I have come across before. Imagine the ornate colored letters which used to start text on ancient hand-written books, and you’ll have the general idea.
Wild symbols show a wizard with a white beard staring right at you. This wizard does not have a prize of its own. Instead it will substitute for any of the regular symbols to create extra wins. There are no multipliers with this wild, though it will often create more than one winning combination over the 25 win-lines. Note that the wizard does not substitute for either the scatter (knight) or bonus (princess) symbol.
Bonus symbols need to land on an active pay line – you’ll need 3 or more to trigger the ‘Cavalier’s Quest’ bonus game. These show a side-on view of the princess. A side-on view of the knight is the scatter symbol. This triggers the free spins games. It is the total number in view which counts, regardless of whether they are on a pay line. 3 will get you 10 free spins, 4 gets you 20 spins and 5 gets you the maximum 30.
The ‘Cavalier’s Quest’ is an animated picks game with several rounds. You’ll start at the end of a long winding road. Every successful pick (that does not get the ‘game over’ message) will move you along the road to the next picks round. The first one has an owl, who tells you to pick a book, which will answer a riddle. Next you pick a scroll, then a potion and so on. At the end of the game your picks are tallied up and you are awarded a cash prize.
There are no multipliers or different behavior on the reels during the free spins. The only difference is the lively medieval music. There are scatters, wilds and bonus symbols in play during the free spins – meaning that you can retrigger the spins or start the quest round.
Knights and Maidens is showing some signs of age. For the type of slot, the background is fairly detailed. This shows the stone castle wall, complete with characterful gargoyles at the bottom on either side. The reels have a plain white backing, with colored line markers contrasting to with the rest of the graphics on either side.
Symbols are nicely drawn, though they look like they were created with design tools which have since gone out of date. There are no animations until you get to the picks round. Again, these are well produced – though showing their age in terms of details.
This is an entertaining enough game. It is not the newest slot from 888 Games, and not the most original either. There is the potential for some bigger line wins, and two separate bonus games will help to keep you engaged. If you enjoy fantasy-themed slots, and do not mind an older setup, then why not see if you can defeat the dragon and rescue the princess?