Magic Merlin Megaways Slot Review
Magic Merlin Megaways is a Megaways slot from Storm Gaming. To be honest, we really had never heard of them before. Of course we started digging and it turns out: online this game maker has almost no experience, but at land based casinos all the more. Storm Gaming Technology is mainly active in the United Kingdom, where they make Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs): multifunctional slot machines for the British betting shops. Now, since the mandatory cut of the maximum bet to 2 per spin in 2019, these FOBTs are nowhere near as profitable as they used to be. As a result, many betting offices have had to close down and the demand for FOBTs has fallen sharply. Perhaps that was the reason for Storm Gaming Technology to broaden the horizon.
We are certainly happy with that: although Magic Merlin Megaways mainly treads the paved paths, he does so with verve. The slot machine looks great, is extremely well produced and knows how to keep the attention.
How to play at Magic Merlin Megaways slot machine?
This video slot features the old wizard Merlin, who, along with his wise spells and bubbling cauldron, conjures up all kinds of extra features. Magic Merlin follows all the contours of the classic Megaways slot: a field of 6 reels and a maximum of 117,649 Megaways per spin. An extra reel spins at the top of the screen, which can help you make winning combinations. Winning combinations disappear and make way for new ones: this way you can stack payout on payout. Mystery symbols can also appear that can provide many winning combinations. You can place bets from 0.10 per spin and that goes up to a maximum of 100 per spin.
The maximum winnings are limited to 250,000 per spin / free spins bonus. It is not known what the maximum multiplier of your total bet is, but we suspect it will be above 10,000 x the bet. Magic Merlin is a high variance slot. The theoretical payout percentage is fine: 96.36%.
Symbols and Payouts
The wild substitutes for all other symbols except the scatters. Merlin is also a welcome guest: with a 6-of-a-kind, he pays out no less than 50 x the total bet. Other premium symbols include a magic wand and a poison green potion. Spin 6 of the same and you win between 2 x and 7.50 x the bet. The card symbols 9, 10, J, Q, K and A pay a lot less, but can still be of great value. Due to the stacked symbols, many megaways, wilds and multipliers (in the free spins bonus) even the lowest symbol can generate mega payouts.
Free spins bonus
4 or more scatters will earn you the free spins bonus. You win 12 free spins, with a number of extras to be earned:
- every winning spin gives a +1 multiplier
- there is no limit to the height of the multiplier
- you can earn retriggers by spinning glass balls on the top reel
- earn 5 or 10 extra free spins per retrigger
Unfortunately, there is no Buy-a-Bonus option.
What do we think of Magic Merlin Megaways?
While Magic Merlin is essentially nothing more than a polished version of the mother of the Megaways slots, Bonanza, it has become a very successful slot. Especially on a graphic level, a top performance has been achieved: this is just one of the most beautiful Megaways slots ever made. Also the extra features like the mystery symbols and the unlimited multipliers provide extra entertainment, and the occasional sky-high payout. Very impressive, for a very first release and we are very curious about what else this game provider can make beautiful.
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