Merlin’s Millions is a slot from Microgaming that closely resembles a Net Entertainment slot, in that they have an interactive character to the left of the playing area, in this case – Merlin, rather like Gonzo’s Quest or Jack and the Beanstalk. The game itself has a fixed 50 paylines in play, but you can alter the level of your bet to suit your style of play.
So the Superbet is an optional additional bet that can confer additional advantages when you hit a special feature. You’re effectively choosing an additional multiplier for “Merlin Substitution Wins” – Merlin is the Wild symbol in the game, so this feature basically applies the chosen level of multiplier to each winning combination that includes the Wild. The multiplier also is active during the free spins feature (see later in the review for more info on that).
The catch is how much extra it costs you to bet with the Superbet feature active. This starts at the relatively low 50x your current bet per line for the x2 multiplier, up to a huge 300x your current bet to activate the x10 multiplier. This means that activating the higher bonuses is more costly (x10 is five times the multiplier of x2, but at a cost of 300x your bet it’s six times the cost of 50x your bet at x2!)
Owl Bonus Feature
The Owl acts as a scatter feature in the game. If three or more appear in the play area, then the Owl Bonus game is triggered. This is a ‘pick one of these’ game, where you choose from the owl symbols displayed on the screen to reveal prizes, until you find a “collect” symbol underneath one. All prizes won in this feature are multiplied by the triggering bet, however the Superbet amount is excluded from this.
Free Games Feature
When 3 Orb symbols appear, you’ll be awarded 5 free spins. During this feature, the Merlin character will randomly turn symbols wild – handy if you’ve got the Superbet feature activated when you trigger this as the associated multiplier carries through to the free spins. The feature can be retriggered.
Although the Merlin wild appears fairly regularly to complete wins, it felt like in regular play, having the Superbet feature active was very expensive and it will wear away your wallet quite quickly. When we played, the special features took a while to activate, however, you can get some large wins off of these…
If your wallet can sustain play, this slot has the potential for some great returns. Graphics feel a little dated, but we can overlook that given the return we got in our review play (though it may have just been our lucky day!) – make sure you take your winnings whilst you’re ahead, because if you keep playing, the nature of this slot will eat that all back over time!