Be honest, who amongst you doesn’t enjoy a slot game with a uniquely mysterious and magical theme?
If this floats your boat, then Merlin’s Money Burst is the slot game for you. The slot wass released by NextGen Gaming in June of this year. It features everything from a unique and rewarding reel set to some charming visuals.
We’ve reviewed this slot in further detail below, whilst asking what sets it apart from its rival titles?
Layout and Design – Just Count the Number of Ways to Win!
A quick glance at Merlin’s Money Burst is all it takes to confirm its magical theme, with the visuals affording the game a slightly ethereal edge.
At this stage, you’ll also notice the unique reel grid design. Five horizontal reels featuring two, two, four, four and four symbols running from left to right. They set these against the backdrop of a dark and enchanted forest, which sets the scene for some exciting gameplay.
This reel set is home to 60 potential pay lines, which creates many ways to win during the hustle and bustle of the base game.
This, along with the presence of the game’s Super Bet feature (we’ll have more on this later), contributes an RTP of 96.75% and a slot that rewards players well despite its high variance gameplay.
Rules and Symbols – What Do You Need to Know?
The SuperBet feature runs throughout the game and can complicate laying your bets. It creates alternative coin size ranges of 0.50 to 3 and 100 to 600.
In simple terms, this means you stake as little as £0.50 per spin, whilst also increasing your bet level as high as £600 if you prefer.
OK, we hear you ask, but how does the SuperBet feature work?
In simple terms, this is a NextGen favourite that allows you to lay an additional wager when you set your bet level, and this can be adjusted to offer various enhancements. For example:
- Level One: Play from £0.50 to £100 per spin, with the Merlin wild adding a 2x multiplier when substituting.
- Two: Play from £1 to £200 per spin, with the Merlin wild adding a 4x multiplier when substituting.
- Three: Play from £2 to £400 per spin, with the Merlin wild adding a 6x multiplier when substituting.
- Four: Play from £2.50 to £500 per spin, with the Merlin wild adding a 6x multiplier when substituting.
- Five: Play from £3 to £600 per spin, with the Merlin wild adding a 10x multiplier when substituting.
As the reels spin, you’ll notice an array of icons landing. This includes classic 1O, J, Q, K and A playing card symbols (which are the slot’s lowest paying items).
You should also keep your eyes peeled for glasses, money bags, potion bottles and spellbooks. The latter the most rewarding during the base game and capable of paying out at 8.33x your stake when you land five on a single playline.
Don’t forget that the enigmatic Merlin is the slot’s wild symbol too, with this paying out a maximum of 83.33x your stake when you land five across the reels and capable of substituting for all other icons (apart from the scatter).
Payouts and Features – A Slot That’s Packed Full of Features
The latter symbol can also trigger Merlin’s Money Burst Free Games Feature. This unlocks when you land three scatters simultaneously in reels 3, 4 and 5.
This will grant you 10 free spins. Merlin can wave his magic wand and transform random symbols on these reels into wilds.
As a result, you can increase the frequency and size of your wins, whilst there’s also an opportunity to unlock 10 additional free spins during the bonus.
You may also trigger the ‘Merlin’s Held Re-Spins’ feature during this round. This can be unlocked by landing matching symbols on reels one and two.
This will reward you with five re-spins where the first two reels are held in place, whilst Merlin can also magically change symbols on the other three reels. If you’re lucky enough to land three scatters during this time, you’ll also earn a further five free spins.
Last, but not least, we have the ‘Merlin’s Wild Spins’ feature. This is triggered if reels one and two contain matching symbols and reels three, four and five showcase a combined total of three scatters.
The prize on offer here is 10 wild spins. Reels one and two become wild and Merlin waves his wand to create additional, high-paying symbols at random. This bonus can also be re-triggered, affording you up to 20 free (and potentially lucrative) spins.
You can win prizes worth up to 37,500x your stake during these bonus games, which makes a hefty reward that should appeal to even the most experienced of high-rollers. This is where the real magic of the slot lies, with this feature-rich game quickly emerging as a firm fan’s favourite in the UK.
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