Review of Rise of Merlin Online Slot from PlaynGo
Rise of Merlin from PlaynGo is a 10 line online slot with similar features to PlaynGo’s own smash hit Book of Dead. Just like Book of Dead, the Wild symbol is also your Scatters symbol and will at three or more credit eight free spins. This slot was released in the Summer of 2019, and it really gets us think about the old proverb:
“Those who do not learn from History are Doomed to repeat it”
In the case of PlaynGo, what matters is the positive side of this proverb; Those who Do learn from History are Destined to repeat it.”. After Novomatic invented Book of Ra in 2004 and it became an incredible success across the world, they quickly moved to produce a range of skins such as Lord of the Ocean, Book of Maya and a whole line of variations such as Deluxe, 6 reel and Double Symbol versions.
Only time will tell if PlaynGo will go “full Novomatic” and push out a ton of versions of Book of Dead… But then again, you never go full Novomatic…
Symbol and Paytable in Rise of Merlin
Let’s get the basics out of the way and cover the symbols. There are ten symbols in Rise of Merlin, including the Wild symbol, substituting for all other symbols. The Wild is represented by a Crystal Ball, and it also works as the Scatter symbol paying free spins if you get three or more. Outside of the Wild, there are four top paying symbols and five low paying symbols:
- Merlin – by far the highest paying symbol paying slightly more than three times the Red Dragon
- Red Dragon – Worth almost three times a White Dragon, so go for Red!
- White Dragon
- The Owl – Pays the same as the White Dragon
- Our favourites, the Royals, Ace, King, Queen, Jack and Ten are all present. 9 didn’t get to join this time though.
In Rise of Merlin, the Free Spins feature is activated by hitting three or more Wilds, and during the feature you can win up to 250 000 coins. More on the feature below, but first, lets cover how the Base Game
Base Game in Rise of Merlin
In Rise of Merlin from PlaynGo, the main thing you hope for in the base game is of course to hit that elusive free spins feature. However, as the slot only has 10 betlines, a five of a kind, specially if it is from a high paying symbol can play a lot. Hit five Merlin’s on a bet line and you are looking at 500 times your bet. That’s not too shabby.
Rise of Merlin Free Spins Feature
This is where it all happens, this is your can win the really big wins… The Free Spins Feature. When you hit three Crystal balls (the Wild), eight free spins are yours together with a Special Expanding Symbol. Just like in Book of Dead, after each spin has finished and paid, the special symbol will expand on the reel fully and pay accordingly. Imagine getting Merlin as the special symbol and getting five or even just four Merlins on the same spin. Then you are looking at a massive win of 5000x or 1000x for four. Wham, Bam, thank you Merlin.
Is it possible to retrigger the free spins for more value? Yes it is. Hitting three or more Wild symbols during the feature will award you an additional 8 free spins. Unlike Book of Dead, additional free spins will also open up one more special symbol. This can be repeated, until you’ve “caught them all”. This is quite similar to other slots with special expanding symbols, such as Gun Slinger Fully Loaded from Blueprint. If you haven’t tried that out, we suggest you give it a shot.
PlaynGo have done a great job with this slot. They have taken great mechanics from their immensely popular game, Book of Dead, and made them perhaps more intriguing. The addition of getting another symbol when retrigger, can lead to a chain reaction of wins leading to an awesome total payout.
We rate this slot a solid 4.2 out of 5 stars.
Mega Win Video on Rise of Merlin from PlaynGo
Here’s a great video from Andy and Alex playing the game on stream and hitting four retriggers and extra symbols. Extra spin is a winning spin!
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