Microgaming’s Castle Builder II was billed as something totally new in the five reel slot games category, as well as being a medieval romp through the times of high chivalry and knightly endeavour.
The idea of the game is that you are a super talented building whizz who travels the medieval world creating fortresses for royals in need and helpfully try to hook yourself up with a prince or princess along the way.
What sets this game apart from competitors is that it comes with a certain level of personalisation which allows you to create your own story and scale of the story – where you can travel around the fictional province of New Forana, plying your valuable trade. Plus it looks fantastic on smaller screens, even more so than games like the Lost Relics slot machine and Emoticoins. You could say that this game was made for mobile!
And while you’re at it, there are also a bunch of castle secrets to reveal for the benefit of your stack of gold!
Look and feel
To the left of the reels are set against an empty mountain top spot that’s just perfect for building a castle, handily enough! The reels themselves are made up of the stone blocks of you guessed it, a castle, topped with the game’s logo and behind them opens up an idyllic mountain valley but watch out; if the setting for the reels changes you might find yourself at a coastal lagoon or somewhere totally new!
At the top right of the reels smiles your avatar who has an eye on proceedings.
In the first stage there is a small builder’s palette on the left of the setting and reels where you will collect your building materials to progress through the game and the story.
The overall look of the game is very slick with a quirky animated look with a jaunty soundtrack that gently moves you through the game.
This is a 5 reels, 3 row and 15 pay lines medieval grand tour that can be played across all devices, so 5 lines short of games like the Grease slot but all in all pretty standard. This is the only area where the game sticks to the tried and trusted in comparison to, say, Epic Ape with its 4096 Ways to Win.
The high value icons are a golden crown, a treasure chest, a solid gold bar and a ring.
The lower value icons of play are building materials- the key to making your fortune and these include wood, bricks, granite and iron ore.
The game’s Wild is the Mandy avatar which substitutes for all icons except the Free Spin Scatter, which is a pink swirly shape.
From the get-go Castle Builder II offers something different, for a start you can choose which of three avatars you want to be. You can be the white bearded Sam who was central to the first game, or the new additions of a gun-ho Mandy and a mysterious looking Igor, who you can use after you’ve already tried the other two for size and completed one game. Each avatar comes with a different skill level in their trade, and vitally their charm, to put you in the big time.
You can also decide on your own journey through this medieval world deciding where you want to take your exclusive trade and which increasingly important Royal VIPs you want to work for!
You need to spin the reels to try to collect your palette full of building materials, this will allow you to progress through the game and you’ll build up building blocks. Above your building site is a display showing how close you are to completing your castle.
Free spins game
Landing 3, 4 or 5 Scatters across the reels and you’ll enter the free spins game where you’ll be awarded 10, 15 or a very generous 20 free spins to add prizes to your pocket and more materials for your buildings.
Once you’ve completed your castle there is a royal wedding game. Here the princess moves into your construction and you get to play a role in choosing her admirers- the more castles you’ve built the more admirer picking you get to do. Each admirer comes with some attributes and bonuses for you.
The idea is that as you move through the game you gain points, skills and materials making your wealth all the greater. This is a game that offers a world of possibilities where you can explore the kingdom and get rich.
At each of new stage of the game you find yourself in a new location literally on a map of various fictional locations with a new member of nobility detailing their story and asking for you to make their castle building dreams come true.
If you build 9 castles you can enter the Cup Challenge moving through bronze to silver and eventually to gold. As you progress you can win bigger and more prizes as you collect bigger and bigger palettes of materials.
Castle Builder II is an amazing concept slot by Microgaming. This is where slot game meets quest, creating a whole new kind of hybrid game. With slick good looks and enough adventure and variety to keep you busy forever, this is one slot that will have you moving into Forana and becoming king of the castles! Along your journey you can meet upward of 300 characters and develop your avatar into a master of castles making your own fortune along the way.