Merlin’s Beard! Merlin’s Millions!
Reviewing Nextgen is not easy. We keep forgetting they are not cartoons, and you are supposed to play, not watch them. The graphics and animation are perfect. Period. Like well-designed slots? Try Merlin’s Millions. This machine is a real eye candy.
It’s hard to imagine more fairy tale-ish design. The background is in fantastic hues of purple and green. Merlin himself is right there by the reel grid, initiating bonuses and casting spells. The animation runs smoothly, and it is technically perfect. As for the gameplay, it’s more or less standard. There are 50 fixed lines over 5x3 grid.
As the lines are fixed you are not allowed to choose them, all you can do is fix the wager. The minimal coin value is 0.01, and the tops is 2.50. Thus, the total spin may go from 0.50 to 125.00 max. Whether it is good or not really is entirely up to you. We find this betting range quite moderate. But don’t jump to any conclusions on the slot’s volatility just yet. There is more to its betting, we’ll get to it in due time.
Winning at the main game mode is like winning in any other slot. Bet, spin, hit combos on the prepaid lines and get paid. All combinations have to start on the far left reel and comprise at least three tiles of one kind to become winning. Scatters are the only exception. But first things first.
Six regular tiles are borrowed from cards. The 9s being the lowest paid symbol of the game. The max combo of the 9s is paid 50x the line bet. Five Jacks or 10s are paid 75x. Kings or Queens are worth 100x the line bet for five. Aces are paid 200x for the max combination of five.
The rest of the paysymbols, all three of them, are unique to this slot. The Vial is paid just as the Ace tile, 200x per five-tile combo. The Staff with a red stone is paid 300x for five. And finally, the Spell book will be worth 1,000x the line wager for the max combo.
The regular gameplay is just so regular, there is nothing new to it here. So, let’s take a look at the extras the slot has to offer. First, the Superbet feature, of course. We have already mentioned it earlier, now it’s time for the details. The Superbet is basically a bet enhancement. So don’t think Merlin’s Millions are a low-volatility slot.
You may adjust the Superbet level yourself. There is a special button for it to the right of the grid. There are five levels to bet on: 2x, 4x, 6x, 8x and 10x. Using the Superbet 2x, your total spin bet would be enhanced with 50x the line bet. So if you bet 2.50 per line, the total regular bet will be 125.00, but with 2x enhancement it will be 250.00. How come? 125 + 2.50x50 equals 250. All wins with the wild will be paid 2x.
If you enhance as much as 4x using the Superbet feature, then you will have to add 100x the line bet to your total bet. If you bet max 2.50 per line, the total 4x Superbet spin wager will be 357.00. And all the wins with the wild substitute will be multiplied by 4. And so on up to the 10x Superbet level when you will add to your regular spin bet 300x your line bet thus wagering 875.00 per spin, so your Wild wins will get 10x applied to them.
All the wild multipliers stay active during the free games. Speaking of Wilds, at Merlin’s Millions, the Wild features Merlin himself. As always, it replaces all tiles but other scatters. Expanded Wild appears on the middle reels only.
The Orb tile is one of the two game’s Scatters. It appears on the middle reels only and thus may form the only combination of three of one kind. This combo is paid two times the total bet and pays any way. If you hit the three Orbs’ combo, it will also trigger the free games’ session.
There will be five spins on the house. During each of those, Merlin that is standing by the reels, will turn random symbols on the reels into Wilds. Free games are played at the bet of the triggering spin and can be re-triggered. Free spins’ wins are added to the main games wins.
Another Scatter is the tile with the Owl. It appears on odd reels only, and it doesn’t form any combos. But when three Owls appear on the reels at one spin, the Bonus feature is triggered. This bonus is a pick me game. You pick the owls appearing before you and win coins. All the wins are multiplied by the triggering bet. If you had a Superbet activated, it would still apply. The best thing is that you can trigger this feature during the Free games.
Merlin’s Millions are called this way for a reason. Don’t look at the regular game bets, they are pretty low. But when you activate the Superbet mode, that’s when the game gets interesting. If you enjoy high stakes, then all Merlin’s millions are in your pocket.
If you can’t afford high-rolling stakes yet, play in the regular mode. Considering all the bonus features, it may be very hot as well. So maybe after a game or two, you will be able to afford any stake you want.