Rise of Merlin is a five-reel, ten payline slot from Play ‘N Go that has a magic-theme and is all about the Free Spins feature where unlimited free spins can be won – there’s also a special expanding icon that takes over the reels should it appear.
Playing Rise of Merlin
Designwise, the Rise of Merlin is rather solid – with the wizard’s chamber in the background, the icons on the reels will include an Ace, King, Queen, Jack and ten card values. Players will also notice owls, two dragons and Merlin the wizard himself. Merlin is the most rewarding icon by some distance giving players 1, 10, 100 or 500 times their bet stake should they land two, three, four or five across a payline.
The mysterious crystal ball acts as both the games wild and scatter symbol, similar to Merlin, players landing five on a payline will reward themselves with 500 times their bet staked. Should players land three or more wild/scatter symbols, they will activate the Free Spins round – eight free spins will be their reward.
Before the free spins begin, one regular symbol (bar the wild/scatter) will be chosen randomly to be the unique expanding icon. When this occurs, it will expand to take over the whole reel. If players get one on each reel, they will fill the reels with the same icon.
Lastly, landing three or more wild/scatter symbols appearing on a free spin will retrigger the round and give players eight additional free spins. Furthermore, an extra special expanding symbol is randomly chosen so you’ll have 2 of them in play for eight free spins. Players can retrigger again with eight free spins awarded every time, which each retrigger offered players one more special expanding icon with up to nine possible.
Rise of Merlin comes with a special expanding symbol in the Free Spins feature. The difference here is that players will play with up to nine unique expanding icons if they manage various retriggers, giving players an additional opportunity to win big.
Rise of Merlin isn’t exactly an original slot masterpiece; however, it has excellent win potential, and the visuals/animations are lovely. The slot is highly volatile; players will need Merlin to be chosen to be the special expanding icon – should they get a Merlin symbol on every reel, it will expand to give a screen full of Merlin icons, resulting in the maximum win of 5,000 times a players bet total stake!
Words: David Bailey-Lauring