The wizard of win is back! He’s spruced up the potions lab and has some magical mayhem ready to be unleashed. But is Merlins Magic Respins slot an improvement on the original?
The follow up to one of NextGen Gaming’s most popular slot Merlin’s Millions, Merlin’s Magic Respins is the new and improved magical recipe. The names might be a mouthful, but it’s only represented in itself the complexity of this spectacular 5×4 reels slot game.
Yes we used the word spectacular.
We should warn you that we got a 1,447 times our bet win when we played this beauty. So of course, not loving this mobile slot is going to be difficult. On the other hand, it’s an easy slot to hate when you realise how the Super Bet option works.
The full explanation of that is in the features below, here we will simply point out some of the challenges with this feature. With the original Millions version, you increased your bet size and you got extra multipliers on the stacked wilds depending on how high the super bet ladder you went.
With Merlin’s Magic Respins mobile slot the stacked wilds already come as standard and the increase on the Superbet will give you an extra respin with the stacked wilds staying sticky. It basically decides the volatility of the slot for you.
If you go all the way to 5 re-spins (or free-spins) per stacked wilds, the wins you can get here are phenomenal and is really the recommended setting to get the most out of this game. Just look at our opening statement. If you go for the more conservative 1 re-spin per stacked wild, you’re budget will last you a little longer, but it almost impossible to get 5 reels full of wilds.
That makes the starting bet on this mobile video slot a minimum of 1 in cash a spin for 1 respin or 3.50 for 5 respins. Making it difficult for high thrill players with smaller budgets to join in.
But if you can afford this video slot, it improves on the original slot game by a hell of a lot. We’ve already mentioned how the Superbet option is supercharged further, but the stacked wilds show up on all reels during the free spins, the free spins trigger more often and you get more free spins. In the original you only got 5, here you get 7.
Plus, with the respins, you essentially get extra free spins anyway. At 5 respins, we played what amounted to 37 free spins, and during five of those spins we have a whole screen of sticky wilds paying out over 50 paylines again… and again… and again…
It was brilliant.
We know it was an exception rather than a rule, but still, when you see it happen once it’s hard not to imagine it happening again. Plus with a lovely fun cartoony theme, we think most gamblers will be able to have some fun on this slot machine whether on your Android tablet or phone or iOS device.
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|Mobile Slot released||July 2014|
|Slot type||Video Slot|
|Slot reels / paylines||5 Reels / 50 Paylines|
|House edge||7.13% - 3.95%|
|Coins range||0.01 - 0.50|
|Min/Max bet||0.50 (no respins) - 3.50 (5 respins) / 25 (no respins) - 175 (5 respins)|
|Free spins||7 Free Spins / Extra Wilds & Respins|
|Bonus rounds||Stacked & Sticky Wilds, Free spins|
Wilds: Merlin himself is the wild symbol, substituting for all symbols except scatters and showing up stacked most of the time. During the base game you only get him on reels 2, 3 and 4 and during the free spins he could show up on all five reels.
The real life Merlin on the side of the screen also often magically makes wilds appear through a flash of lighting onto the screen.
Superbet Cost: You control these on the side of the slot, increasing or decreasing to your choice. You have to play all 50 lines to activate and the additional cost is as follows:
If the Superbet is off you will not get any free spins when a stacked wild shows up.
What is a wild respin? When a full stack of wilds show up on the screen, you'll get what amounts to free spins. You'll be surprised how often these can show up, so it's generally not money wasted.
The stacked wilds will remain sticky on the screen. The rest of the reels will spin for how ever many you've paid for on the Superbet option. If another set of stacked wilds show up, you get an additional number of respins with both stacked wilds remaining on screen. Or three stacked wilds if another shows.
And we haven't even gotten to the free spin feature yet.
Scatters & Free Spins: Scatters show up on reels 2, 3 and 4 only. But that's ok, theses free spins are fairly easy to trigger. We can't tell you how much you are likely to get out of this feature, as that really depends on which Superbet level you've chosen.
Here you'll trigger 7 free spins with 3 scatters. Not a lot, but the wilds now appear on all reels, not just the centre three. Not only can these be re-triggered (not impossible), but Merlin on the side of the screen is magic happy as he turns wilds on the screen on almost every turn.
You are guaranteed to get several stacked wilds. So depending on how many respins you've paid for you can get a whole load more free spins.
Here is where you're chance of scoring big becomes a reality as you can potentially get a whole screen full of sticky stacked wilds, all re-spinning happily. Not to be expected at every free spins game, but it's exciting to see the wilds line up often during the free spins, even if it's just two or three reels, giving you some decent five of a kind wins.
Merlin's Magic Respins slot machine is great fun even if you don't use the Superbet option. It works as a low variance slot. But ultimately this mobile game is better played when you go up the Superbet ladder and increase the volatility, so you get the thrill of seeing all those wilds line up on your screen.
We recommend playing this on 3 re-spins minimum to get at least a chance at those high thrill wins. It also makes the game all the more exciting as you seem to hit free spins often.
With the release of Medusa 2 in the same month, NextGen gaming have upped their game by 1000%.
Review by Lucky Mobile Slots, last updated: December 2, 2018 - Rating