Brace for an encounter with the epic wizard on the slot from Play’n GO. Countless Welsh and English legends, poems and stories have been written and told about the enchanter with supernatural powers. Play’n GO is opening now a new chapter by incorporating him into their highly volatile Rise of Merlin slot. It comes with a twist to the immensely popular expanding symbol mechanic from Book of Dead and an identical win potential of up to 5,000 times your stake.
Rise of Merlin is a video slot with five reels, three rows and 10 variable pay lines. Your encounter with the wizard on desktop, mobile or tablet starts at 0.10 credits and goes up to 100 credits per spin. The RTP of this highly volatile game is set at 96.58%. However, operators might choose a reduced value of 94.51%. Always check the help files to see what version you will be playing.
Set in the wizard’s chamber with elaborate murals and mysterious books is an intricate game window with a high grade of artistry on the pay symbols. They start at the low end with the card royals from 10 through to A, paying 8x to 12x your stake for a single five of a kind. They are followed by an owl, a white dragon, a red dragon and Merlin himself. Hit five on a line to win 60x to 500x your bet.
Merlin’s crystal ball acts as the wild and scatter symbol, substituting for all symbols. It will also pay 500x your bet when five land on an active line. Minimum three anywhere on the reels are needed to trigger the free spins.
Connoisseurs and fans of the Book of Dead slot will know exactly what is to follow right now but there is a surprising twist to the expanding symbol mechanic that we have seen before on some other games. Three to five scatters will trigger 8 free spins, which can be indefinitely retriggered. Before the feature starts, one regular pay symbol is chosen at random to become the special expanding symbol. When enough of the respective symbol land on a free spin, they expand to cover all reel positions and award the win for each pay line.
These expanding symbols do not need to appear adjacent to result in a win. For example, having the A chosen and then landing one on reels one, four and five will see the symbol expand and pay 10 times a 3OAK As.
And here comes the twist that some will recognize from Magic Mirror Deluxe by Merkur Gaming. Retriggering the free spins will award an additional 8 free spins and will chose a second expanding symbol. This can continue until all symbols have been selected. Highly unlikely but having two retriggers is not unusual, which would result in having three expanding symbol. The overall win potential is capped at the Play’n GO usual of 5,000x your bet.
Well, here it is. Book of Dead on steroids. With the chance of having multiple expanding symbols, Play’n GO needed to increase the volatility to make room in the RTP for the bonus rounds with retriggers where multiple high-value symbols can be randomly selected. BoD is known for mercilessly destroying balances at times, Rise of Merlin will be doing that even more often. But it will also produce bigger wins when it fires up. What’s more, hardcore slotting folks will love the variable pay lines.