Play ‘N Go’s Rise of Merlin Slot Review

Rise of Merlin is a 5 reel, 10 payline slot from Play ‘N Go that can be played from 10p to £100 per spin across desktop, mobile and tablet devices. Highly volatile, this magic themed offering is all about the Free Spins feature where unlimited free spins can won – there’s also a special expanding symbol which takes over the reels it appears on.

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18+. New UK customers only. 200% deposit bonus up to £60. Must use bonus code “OSUK200” upon registration to receive the bonus. Min deposit £20 and 48x wagering requirements apply on bonus (game weighting applies). £3 max bet applies when playing with an active bonus. Bonus expires if not claimed within 7 days. T’s and c’s apply. Please gamble responsibly,

Visually, Rise of Merlin is rather good – with the wizard’s chamber in the backdrop, symbols on the reels include A, K, Q, J and 10 card values. You will also see owls, 2 dragons and Merlin the wizard himself. Merlin is the most rewarding symbol by some distance giving you 1, 10, 100 or 500 times your stake for 2, 3, 4 or 5 across a payline.

The mysterious crystal ball is the scatter and 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, you will activate the Free Spins feature – 8 free spins will be your reward.

Before the free spins begin, 1 regular symbol (bar the wild/scatter) 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.

Finally, 3 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 9 possible.

Rise of Merlin is similar to Book of Dead (also by Play ‘N Go) as it comes with a special expanding symbol in the Free Spins feature. The difference here is that you will play with up to 9 special expanding symbols if you manage various retriggers. This gives you additional opportunities to win big.

Highly volatile, 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 isn’t exactly original but it has great win potential and the graphics/animations are superb – it’s a good alternative to Book of Dead or Novomatic’s Book of Ra Deluxe.

Rise of Merlin Slot Information

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    Rise of Merlin
  • Software:
    Play ‘N Go
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    Video Slot
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    0.10 to 100.00
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    Yes (1)
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Review by Chris Taylor

Review by Chris Taylor

Chris is a slots expert that has reviewed and played over 4,000 online slots. Having being in the iGaming industry for over 16 years, he knows how slots work, how bonus features are triggered and how the RTP and variance affect the gameplay.