Merlin’s Money Burst is a NextGen Gaming slot which features the popular Merlin character from previous NextGen Gaming titles and the Money Burst game engine from sister company WMS (found in Bruce Lee Dragon’s Tale). With 5 reels and 60 paylines, you can play from 30p to £75 a spin across all devices. With a magical theme, it comes with 3 bonus features which give you free spins, wild modifiers and sticky symbols.

With a dark an enchanted forest in the background, you’ll see the reels have 2, 2, 4, 4 and 4 symbols – you’ll see A, K, Q, J and 10 royals with eyes on them as well as hour glasses, money bags, potion bottles and spellbooks. The latter is the most rewarding giving you 8.33 times your stake for 5 on a payline. Merlin, of course, is the wild symbol and replaces all symbols except the scatter – 5 across a payline will give you 83.33 times your total stake.

Merlin’s Money Burst uses the SuperBet feature – which is taken from NextGen Gaming. This is an additional wager that you can adjust to give you enhancements. When you get the Merlin wild part of a winning combination, it will add a multiplier up to 10x!

  • Level 1: Play from 50p to £100 per spin – the Merlin wild substituting will add a 2x multiplier
  • Level 2: Play from £1 to £200 per spin – the Merlin wild substituting will add a 4x multiplier
  • Level 3: Play from £2 to £400 per spin – the Merlin wild substituting will add a 6x multiplier
  • Level 4: Play from £2.50 to £500 per spin – the Merlin wild substituting will add an 8x multiplier
  • Level 5: Play from £3 to £600 per spin – the Merlin wild substituting will add a 10x multiplier

When it comes to bonus features, Merlin’s Money Burst has 3 main ones – first up is Merlin’s Held Re-Spins feature which triggered if reels 1 and 2 contain the same matching symbol. With 5 re-spins awarded, the first 2 reels are held. Merlin can randomly change symbols to wilds on the other 3 reels – look out for 3 scatters appearing as 5 more re-spins will be added to your total.

Then you have the Merlin’s Free Games feature – this is played when you get 3 scatters on reels 3, 4 and 5 simultaneously. With 10 free spins granted, Merlin can wave his wand and magical transform symbols on reels 3, 4 and 5 into wilds. You can also retrigger the feature to give you 10 more free spins. Furthermore, the Merlin’s Held Re-Spins feature can come into play for free re-spins.

Lastly, there’s the Merlin’s Wild Spins feature – this is the best of the 3. Triggered if reels 1 and 2 contain matching symbols as well as 3 scatters on reels 3, 4 and 5, you will get 10 wild spins. All symbols on reels 1 and 2 become wild with Merlin appearing on each free to add more wilds to the other 3 reels – you can also retrigger the give you 20 free spins in total.

Merlin’s Money Burst is the best of the Merlin themed slots from NextGen Gaming – I love the features and in particular the Merlin’s Wild Spins feature. Variance wise it’s high with potential payouts of 37,500 times your stake on each free spin with a 10x multiplier from the SuperBet feature.