The magical enchantment of Rise of Merlin is brought to the screen through fancy graphics and well sized symbols. The base game has a simple set up within the chamber of Merlin. Magic dust floats in the chamber and it is reflected in the mysterious light. Accompanying the game is magical background music that helps to set the atmosphere.
The game’s theme extends to the symbols on the reels. There are four high value thematic symbols. These are Merlin the wizard, a red dragon, a white dragon and an owl. The lower value symbols are the royals A, J, K, Q and 10. The crystal ball acts as both the wild and the scatter symbol.
In addition to being a wild card, the crystal ball can also act as a scatter symbol and provide the opportunity to win eight free spins. The crystal ball will award a scatter payment when at least three of them land anywhere on the reels and at the same time, award eight free spins. Once the free spin bonus is activated a bonus symbol is automatically selected before the spins can commence. The bonus symbol can be any symbol except the crystal ball. During the free spins, the chosen symbol will expand when at least two land on the reels to award additional payouts. Better yet, the free spins can be retriggered by landing three more scatter symbols and each time that this happens, another symbol is converted into a bonus symbol. This means that if the spins are triggered enough time, then all of the slot’s standard symbols will be bonus symbols.
Upon landing a win, players have the chance to use a gamble feature to try to increase the payout. This option automatically appears centrally below the reels on the screen. Players can decide to collect the win or play the card gamble. In the feature, players have the chance to try to double or quadruple their winnings. Correctly guessing the colour of the next card drawn from the pack doubles the payout while correctly guessing the suit will quadruple it. Players can gamble up to 5x or 250,000 coins.
Rise of Merlin is a high volatility slot and it has an RTP of 96%. Low volatility slots pay out small amounts regularly, whereas high volatility slots pay out large amounts less frequently. As this is a high volatility game, it means that players may have to play several spins before a win is awarded.
The slot has a top standard payout of 5000x that is won by landing five Merlin wizards along a payline or five wild symbols. The red dragon can payout up too 1600x, and the white dragon and the owl can both payout up to 600x. A and K can both payout up to 120x, while Q, J and 10 can all payout up to 80x. Of course, these payouts can be increased with the aid of the gamble feature.
How to Play
Rise of Merlin is an easy to play slot. First players have to set how many paylines they want active, from 1 to 10. Then players need to set their coin value, from 0.01 up to 2. Finally, players should set how many coins they wish to bet per payline, from 1 to 5. This gives the slot a betting range of 0.01 up to 100 per spin. After players have set their bet, they simply need to click on the green spin button to start the reels. It is also possible to use auto play functionality to set up to 100 spins in motion complete with win and loss limits.