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StallCation 30 reviews
Reviewed on February 18, 2020


Rise of Merlin is Play n' GO's take on the Merkur classic Magic Mirror Deluxe II. With an inspiration like that, the result can't go completely wrong in terms of potential, and Rise of Merlin does not disappoint in relation to its origin.

The basic idea is about the same as Magic Mirror Deluxe II: Hit the bonus and retrigger as much as possible to unlock the vast potential, as you get an additional expanding symbol each time you land 3 or more scatters. Along the way you have a very volatile base game, that can be pretty dry or might grant you some nice hits, in the same manner as a traditional book game.

The RTP in the base game can vary a lot, from around 25-30% to actually maintaining the balance over long stretches. I wouldn't call Rise of Merlin the perfect slot for wagering though...

There are a couple of important differences when you compare to Magic Mirror Deluxe II. Apart from the top symbol, Merlin himself, payouts for full lines are only 80% of the usual awards: A full line of kings pays only 12x instead of the traditional 15x, a full line of the red dragon (2nd best symbol) pays only 160x instead of 200x and so on.

The number of free spins are reduced in the same manner: You get 8 initial spins instead of 10, and this applies to the retriggers as well. On the sunny side, Rise of Merlin feels a lot easier to bonus than its obvious inspiration, Magic Mirror Deluxe II, at least that's my impression. RoM's overall RTP of 96,58% could indicate this (MMD II has 95,63% in comparison).

Anyway, this slot (as well as the Egyptian themed version Legacy of Dead) is a worthy addition to the Play n' GO portfolio, at least in my humble opinion.


No dislikes as such, apart from the slightly reduced payouts for the majority of the symbols, when you compare to Rise of Merlin's counterpart Magic Mirror Deluxe II.
blondie 1338 reviews
Reviewed on December 1, 2019


Rise of Merlin is one of the newest games from Play'n Go software provider and I've been quite intrigued in this game since it was released. I've seen many other players winning big and it worked as a great inspiration to try my own luck with it.

Rise of Merlin slot is a 5 reel and 10 payline slot that has very similar technical aspects as the famous Book of Dead slot. And that was a great plus as I love Book of Dead. To be honest, when I saw the game for the first time it really reminded me of like Nordic, Ice version of Book of dead from the looks of it, as it has dragons and other creatures as main symbols, including an older man who kind of resembles Rich Wilde.

One thing I truly enjoy about this game is that the minimum bet size is only 10 cents which makes it the perfect slot to play when low-rolling. And that's exactly what I did in my last session. I had around 4 eur balance left and I thought- let's give Merlin a try. Less than 10 spins in I managed to trigger 3 crystal ball scatter symbols. The only thing that I slightly dislike is that you get 8 free spins with one expanding symbol, not 10, and the same as with Book of Dead, there's no multiplier. However, the goal in this game is to get more bonus retriggers- every time you retrigger the bonus, an additional symbol will become an expanding symbol. So in my last session, I got the bonus with one of the letter symbols as expanding ones and then a few free spins later I retriggered the feature and overall ended up with my biggest win on the game of over 180x bet. Taking into consideration that I loaded up the game with only a few euro balance, it was a great boost.

Overall I really enjoy Rise of Merlin and I think this is a game that will be popular for quite some time. It has simple yet great qualities- good free spins bonus round, affordable bets and great graphics. I think this is going to be one of my favorite Play n Go slots.

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