Play'n GO has released the fifth installment in its popular Merlin series with Merlin: Journey of Flame. Serving as a prequel to Merlin and the Ice Queen Morgana (2021) and Rise of Merlin (2019), the latest iteration introduces a younger and more adventurous version of Merlin. The story follows Merlin as he stumbles upon a rare Dragon's Egg in a swampy lake, casting a spell that leads him on a fiery trial.
Fans of Play'n GO's games may find Merlin: Journey of Flame reminiscent of the popular title Rich Wilde and the Book of Dead (2016) due to its implementation of the beloved Expanding Symbol mechanics, enhancing the gameplay experience.
Features of the Release
In this game, players must open Merlin's Book of Spells and aim to land three or more Colored Runes to secure a victory. Merlin himself represents a high-paying symbol, while the Dragon Egg acts as a standard Wild symbol, and its cracked variant serves as the game's Scatter symbol.
Before Bonus Spins begin, a Special Expanding Symbol is randomly chosen. This symbol expands to cover the reels whenever a winning combination is formed. If the chosen symbol is a high-paying symbol like Merlin, His Staff, Potion, or Spell Book, two or more reels are required to trigger the Expanding Symbol feature. However, if it is a low-paying colored Rune symbol, three or more reels must be involved to activate the Expanding Symbol mechanic.
If players manage to obtain three or more Hatched Dragon Egg Scatters, they can trigger up to eight Bonus Spins with an additional sixth reel, providing more opportunities for magical wins.
Merlin also possesses a powerful but risky ability called the Gamble Spell. When wins are below 2500 coins, Merlin can activate this feature. Through the Gamble Spell, players have a chance to double their prize by correctly guessing the color during a mini-game. However, Merlin must exercise caution, as the Gamble Spell can only be cast five times in a row or summon up to 2500 coins. Players must think strategically and make critical decisions when utilizing this feature.
Embark on the exciting journey with Merlin: Journey of Flame, where players can experience the magic of expanding symbols, bonus spins, and the risky yet rewarding Gamble Spell.
What Was Said
Commenting on the new step, Head of Game Retention at Play’n GO George Olekszy said:
“Merlin: Journey of Flame is a truly magical title, and we’re so happy to build on the Merlin IP’s rich mythology.”
“This title pulls from various corners of the Play’n GO slot portfolio and uses those components to craft something truly fresh and unique. Mixing Expanding Symbol Mechanics, powerful Scatters and Gamble feature with a dragon-like narrative has made real magic.”
“Play’n GO share their spellbinding new slot Merlin: Journey of Flame”, playngo.com, July 13, 2023.