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Merlin and Ice Queen Morgana[Play'n Go]

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Title:  Merlin and Ice Queen Morgana
Developer: Play'n Go
Reels: 5
Rows: 3
Paylines: 1-10
RTP: 96.20%
Free Spins/Multiplier: 10-20/1-8x
Max Win: 20,000x
Max Win Probability: 1 in 1,000,000,000
Volatility: Medium/High (7/10)
Min/Max Bet: 0.01/100
Release Date: November 25, 2021

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Merlin and Ice Queen Morgana: Slot Overview

If we had to pick two things that get Play'n GO's juices flowing, they would be 'book of' slots and Arthurian Legends. Obviously, there are more but for the sake of the intro, let's roll with these two. So, if this assumption is correct, the studio must have been abuzz when they created Merlin and the Ice Queen Morgana, which combines both of these things. For one, the game's free spins offer expanding pay anywhere symbols most players will be well acquainted with by now. For two, there's a story about Merlin swanning off to a frozen wasteland in search of Morgana, who fled Camelot after her brother was crowned. There he meets an Ice Queen ruling the land, who turns out to be the lady he is chasing after all, his apprentice Morgana.

It might not take the creativity levels of an M. Night Shyamalan to conjure up that plot twist, but the back story adds depth, which is appreciated when ploughing through yet another 'book' based slot. It also helps that Play'n GO's graphics department has created an attractive ice world to inhabitant - the full reel Morgana wild symbol is particularly striking. The action alternates between an indoor and outdoor setting depending on the game phase. Both are pleasant on the eyes if a little shiver-inducing with all that cold stuff lying around. Play'n GO rarely produces an ugly game, and Merlin and the Ice Queen Morgana does not spoil this trend.

The set-up is pretty standard, as the action takes place on a 5-reel, 3-reel panel, which provides 1-10 paylines to win on. Merlin and the Ice Queen Morgana's math model is equally reliable, churning out an RTP of 96.2% at its optimal setting in a medium/high volatile manner. This latter aspect has been rated as 7 out of 10 to put a numerical value on it. Any device may be used to help Merlin track his quarry, while bets of 1 p/c to £/€100 per spin may be set. The reason for the low minimum bet is due to the fact players can alter the number of paylines from 1 to 10.

On to the paytable where we bump into 9 regular symbols split between five lows and four high-value tiles. On the low side are 10-A card royals carved on rocks which are worth 1.5 to 2.5x the bet for a five-symbol hit. Next are high-value rings, cauldrons, books, and Merlin tiles. Since multipliers are introduced later on, the values of these symbols are less than you tend to find in vanilla 'book' slots. As a consequence, landing five premiums on a payline is worth 10 to 250x your stake – assuming all ten lines are active.

Merlin and Ice Queen Morgana: Slot Features
In a nutshell, Merlin and the Ice Queen Morgana delivers regular Book-style gameplay with the addition of full reel wild multipliers – in both the base game and free spins.

Morgana Wilds
Morgana Wilds appear on any reel and can land stacked. When they do land stacked, they trigger the Morgana Multiplier. A random multiplier value of x2, x3, x5, or x8 is activated, then applied to all wins on the triggering spin. The multiplier also applies to any scatter wins.

Free Spins
Landing at least 3 Merlin Staff scatter symbols awards 10 free spins. Before they begin, one pay symbol is randomly chosen to be the special expanding symbol for the full duration of the bonus round. After any win evaluations have been made, if the expanding symbol can form a win, it expands to cover all positions on its reel. In its expanded form, these symbols pay all active paylines and do not have to be adjacent to each other. To assist players, expanded Morgana Wilds can substitute for special expanding symbols to complete winning combinations.


Gamble Feature
This bolt-on gives players the chance to multiply their prize. The objective is to correctly guess the colour or suit of a face-down card. Get it right to double or quadruple the prize, get it wrong to lose it all. You can gamble up to 5 times or up to a limit of 2,500 coins.

Merlin and Ice Queen Morgana: Slot Verdict
Play'n GO must be one of the most prolific producers of 'book of' games around, and they typically do it in style. Merlin and the Ice Queen Morgana is no exception to the rule being a class act in practically all respects. It looks great, the execution is spot on, and the studio's experience in crafting these sorts of slots is obvious. Like a lot of these games, though, Merlin and the Ice Queen Morgana probably didn't tax the studio too much since it follows the standard 'book with a new bit' blueprint that Play'n GO has firmly locked down.

As to the new bits, well, they are good ones and add a measure of unpredictability to how the game pans out. Symbol values are lower than usual but not as drastic as some games do to compensate for having extra modifiers onboard. In this case, the booster is the Morgana Wild symbol. Fill the reel with one, and its resultant multiplier can be thrilling. The way Morgana Wilds replace expanding symbols in free spins was an unexpected bonus as well. Okay, all of this might not be enough to redefine what we know of 'book' slots, but they are enough to make winning potential hit 20,000x the bet, officially speaking.

Due to the regularity Play'n GO spawns these sorts of games, there is a business-as-usual feel to Merlin and the Ice Queen Morgana. Still, everything has been so well presented that players insatiably interested in all things Book-style gaming related, or anyone with a passing curiosity in expanding symbol bonus rounds, should be satisfied by what Merlin and the Ice Queen Morgana does.


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