A magical adventure filled with treasure and dangerous dragons? That’s a pitch we’ll say yes to every single time. We join the famous Merlin as he masters the arcane arts, and uncovers the greatest spell of all.
The thrill of winning a jackpot! This videoslot may look quite familiar to fans of Book of Dead. But with a single twist, Play’n Go have transformed a lazy clone into an engaging experience of its own!
Rise of Merlin Slot Review
This game is played on a five reel board, with only ten paylines total. We really liked the background image, which depicts the inside of Merlin’s magical tower. Large pillars hold up the magical room, as bubbles of mana float up to the ceiling. Judging by the glow of magic everywhere, it seems our favorite mage is summoning wins! This ritual requires you to collect three or more identical symbols in adjacent position, starting with the leftmost reel.
Speaking of icons, their design is rather basic. Merlin, the two dragons, and the owl look really nice. They have detailed animations, showing Play’n Go put a lot of effort into crafting them. In comparison, the playing card royals lack that same attention. Their design looks cool, but it lacks personality. When you put them side by side with Merlin’s glowing eyes or a roaring dragon, that inadequacy becomes obvious. Would-be magicians can learn plenty from the magical special features available in this release. Activate the free spins bonus to transform one of your symbols into a special expanded icon. It will expand to fully cover any reel it lands on, nigh on guaranteeing a win. If you retrigger the bonus while free spins are already played, you get another special expanded symbol. You can keep doing this indefinitely, netting yourself amazing prizes in the process!
How to Play Rise of Merlin
You play this slot on a 5×3 board with 10 flexible paylines. Yes, you can turn individual paylines on or off here! That said, we do not recommend turning paylines off, as it lowers your chances of winning. The free spins with expanding symbols is the only special feature available in Rise of Merlin. You can stake between $0.01 and $100 on each spin.
If you’ve played Book of Dead before, you’ll know what to expect from this bonus:
Free Spins & Expanding Symbols
Collect three or more Wild-Scatters to win eight free spins. Before the extra turns begin, one icon is chosen at random to become an expanded symbol. Whenever this icon lands on the board, it will expand to cover the entirety of its reel. You can retrigger the special feature by collect three or more Wild-Scatters again. This awards eight free spins, and another expanded symbol. You can have a total of nine expanded icons at the same time.
We weren’t entirely certain how to feel about Rise of Merlin. It looked cool, and the Book formula has proven popular with punters. But we’re weren’t sure if the slight twist to the special feature is enough to qualify for high marks. But after playing it ourselves, we can confidently say that it feels distinct enough on its own.
Great iteration on a popular special feature
High volatility action with a 5000x jackpot
Beautiful animations and symbol designs
Playing card royals feel boring compared to dragons and wizards
Very similar to Book of Dead
Ultimately, the choice of whether or not to play it falls to you. Personally, we had a lot of fun playing this game. It’s utterly chaotic watching three or four expanded symbols competing for positions on the reels. Play’n Go’s release is definitely worth trying, especially if you enjoyed Book of Dead. And if you’re lucky, the casino sites you play offers both!