|Game:||Merlin’s Money Burst||Paylines:||60|
|Manufacturer:||NextGen||Bet Per Spin:||£0.30 – £7.50|
|Bonus Features:||Yes||Free Spins:||Yes|
|RTP:||95.50% – 96.75%||Game Type:||Video Slot|
Fans of NextGen online slots will be familiar with the legendary wizard from games such as Merlin’s Millions and Merlin’s Magic Respins but here he turns up in Merlin’s Money Burst, a game which offers players an unusual payline structure and several free spins features.
Merlin’s Money Burst is a five reel slot with two/four rows and sixty fixed paylines; there’s a twinkly, fantasy soundtrack to the gameplay which takes place against a backdrop of a misty forest in which crystal plants grow from the damp ground.
The four higher value symbols include the spell book, the purple potion, the pouch of gold coins and the magical sand timer; 10, J, Q, K and A represent the lower values.
The smiling face of Merlin is wild and he will substitute for all other symbols to help form winning matches except for the red gem scatter icon.
Merlin’s Held Respins
This is triggered by landing four matching symbols on the four positions on reels one and two; these symbols will be held in place while the other reels spin and Merlin may chip in to add up to six wilds to the action.
Merlin’s Free Spins
Trigger this by landing three red gem scatter symbols anywhere on reels three, four and five and you’ll receive ten free spins which can be retriggered in the same manner. Merlin may add up to nine wild symbols per spin during this round.
Merlin’s Wild Spins
This is the most valuable feature and it’s triggered with matching symbols on reels one and two and three scatter symbols on reels three, four and five; if there are four wilds on reels one and two you’ll receive twenty free spins – any other symbol will award ten.
Reels one and two will always be wild when the spins start and Merlin may add up to twelve wild symbols to the other reels per spin.
This an optional extra bet which increases the wild win multiplier:
- Stake x1 – zero multiplier (95.50%).
- Stake x2 – 2x multiplier (95.75%).
- Stake x3.3 – 4x multiplier. (96.00%).
- Stake x5 – 6x multiplier. (96.25%).
- Stake x6.6 – 8x multiplier. (96.50%).
- Stake x8.3 – 10x multiplier. (96.75%).
Note that the RTP increases as you work your way up through the Super Bet options.
A change in payline structure always offers something a little different and it works quite well here, especially because two of the features are triggered in reels one and two; Merlin seems to have come up trumps again in a very enjoyable slot.