Play’n GO Releases New Rise Of Merlin Slot
Many a slot themed around Merlin, the well-known and fabled Arthurian wizard, has been released into the iGaming sphere, and so, given Play’n GO’s widely-broadcast commitment to ideas that are fresh and original, it came as a surprise when the developer first announced that it was working on a slot game based on the life and times of the famous wizard. But players are in for a grand surprise as Rise of Merlin turned out to be based not on the common elements found in similar themed slots, but instead on a younger, less experienced Merlin.
The slot tells the rare story of a student-Merlin, not yet completely familiar with all of the tricks and magic involved in becoming a fully developed magician and wizard. It definitely is exactly as advertised by the developer, being a fresh new take on a well-loved fable.
The game features a standard 5×3 grid and a total of 10 paylines.
Tradition Plays A Part Too
Play’n GO did however decide to incorporate some of the legendary elements typically found in Merlin-based slots, television shows and fables. Various magical creatures, a majestic and mysterious dragon and an owl named Archimedes all from part of the star-studded cast featured on the game’s reels.
The basic mechanics are simple and enjoyable. Three symbols in adjacent order on a single payline constitutes a winning combination. Merlin’s crystal ball orb does a double act as the game’s wild and its scatter symbol. The crystal ball is therefore almost constantly in play and in sight.
Difference In The Approach
The developer’s popular Gamble feature makes a star appearance too. Players have the liberty, at the conclusion of any winning combination, to take a “gamble” on doubling up or losing the winnings for that particular round by having a go at guessing the colour and suit of standard playing cards.
According to Play’n GO CEO Johan Tornqvist, it would be of no use to simply release games that are merely riding on the backs of existing popular themes. The slot’s story should always match the theme, and not simply be an extension of a theme for the sake of continuing the popularity factor. Tornqvist pointed out that this approach was the secret behind some of the developer’s other themed slots, including Vikings and Ancient Egypt.
Rise of Merlin is now live with all Play’n GO-participating operators.