Spin that Reel – Rise of Merlin slot review

Rise of Merlin is a new slot from game provider Play ‘N Go. It is a 5 reel, 10 payline slot that can be played from 10 cents up to €100 per spin on desktop, mobile and tablet devices. This is a high volatile game, where it is all about the Free Spins feature where unlimited free spins can be won. The more experienced players will see the huge similarities with Magic Mirror deLuxe and of course, we also know the expanding symbols from the very popular Book of Dead game.

 

 

The symbols on the reels include A, K, Q, J and 10 card values. The premium symbols are the owl, 2 kinds of dragons and, of course, Merlin the wizard himself. Merlin is the most valuable symbol by some distance giving you 1, 10, 100 or 500 times your stake for 2, 3, 4 or 5 sybmols across a payline.

There is also a scatter symbol: the mysterious crystal ball that also acts as a wild symbol – like Merlin, 5 on a payline will reward you with 500 times your stake. If you get 3 or more wild/scatter symbols, the Free Spins feature is activated and you will receive 8 free spins.

Before the free spins begin, 1 regular symbol will be chosen randomly to be the special expanding symbol. When this appears, it will expand to take over the whole reel. If you get 1 on each reel, you will fill the reels with the same symbol and get the maximum possible payout for that symbol.

Three or more wild/scatters appearing on a free spin will retrigger the feature and give you 8 additional free spins. Furthermore, an additional special expanding symbol is chosen randomly so you’ll have 2 of them in play for 8 free spins. You can retrigger again and again with 8 free spins awarded each time. Each retrigger gives you 1 more special expanding symbol with up to a maximum of 9 symbols.

 

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Our verdict

Rise of Merlin has nice graphics and animations with Merlin’s wizard chamber in the background. The game itself does not really bring anything new to the table, it is pretty exciting to play. Because of the bonus retrigger with an extra symbol it is like playing Book of Dead on steroids. What you want is for Merlin to be chosen to be the special expanding symbol – if you then get a Merlin symbol on each reel, it will expand to give you a screen full of Merlin symbols. This will result in the maximum win of 5,000 times your total stake!

Rise of Merlin has great win potential but keep in mind that it is also very volatile. But if this game is on fire, it will surely boost your balance.

Specifications Rise of Merlin

  • Developer: Play ‘N Go
  • Reels: 5
  • Win lines: 10
  • Stake: € 0.10 to € 100
  • Jackpot: Yes, over 5,000
  • Volatility: high
  • Bonus Feature: Yes, expanding symbol with retrigger
  • RTP: 96.58%

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