Holiday-themed slots seem to be all the rage these days, with several developers releasing special versions of their game just for the holiday season. Never mind the fact that most casinos just leave these Christmas slots among their inventory year-round!
This game is a special version of Merlin’s Magic Respins, from developer NextGen Gaming. The 50-line game features Merlin along the right side of the screen, with a Santa’s hat atop his head in the place of his usual wizardly hat. No problem though, with or without the hat, he can still intervene with his magical powers to deliver extra wilds on any spin.
Merlin’s Magic Respins Christmas Slot Layout
This video slot features 5 reels with 4 visible symbols, with 50 paylines. The minimum denomination of $0.02 means a minimum bet of $1.00.
The symbols include Merlin as a wild symbol, a magical chalice, a spell book, a telescope and a scroll, plus the playing card ranks from 10 to Ace.
Free Spins Bonus Round
On reels 2, 3, and 4, there is an additional symbol, which is a golden cauldron. Actually, if you look in the help screen it looks like a cauldron and is described as such, but in the game itself and the screenshot below it is pretty difficult to identify!
Regardless, if you catch three of these symbols, it triggers 7 free spins.
Also during the free spins, Merlin will sometime convert symbols on the screen into wilds, sometimes a whole column.
The Merlin’s Magic SuperBet option
SuperBet is a feature of several NextGen games, and when available it can supercharge the size of your wins, but always with a considerable increase in the bet per spin.
The description in this game shows just how much extra is required to activate the different levels of SuperBet.
The benefit of the SuperBet is that it activates the Wild Respins feature, which occurs when you get a whole column of the wild Merlin symbol. With SuperBet active, that wild column of Merlin symbols will be held in place, and the other reels will respin. The number of times they will respin is based on the size of your SuperBet wager. At the minimum of the base bet plus 50 more coins (100 total), you’ll get one free respin. With the maximum SuperBet enabled (350 coin bet), you get five respins.
Also, before the first respin, wild Merlin symbols are added to reels 1 and 5. During the normal game, they are only available on reels 2, 3, and 4.
Note that any wild columns that appear during the respins will also be held, and retrigger additional free respins which can mean a monster win. In my experience, this game is expensive to play along the way, so quite a bit of the return to player comes from these big wins. That means this game is a bumpy ride for your bankroll!
Just be careful with SuperBet; As you can see, the bet really gets quite large if you choose the larger number of respins awarded. If you go for a long spell without a bonus round, your balance will suffer!
Merlin’s Magic Respins – Christmas Edition brings a bit of holiday cheer to the traditional version of this game. If you prefer high volatility in your slot games and the bigger wins that occasionally provides, then this game may satisfy your need for action. For me, it’s a little extreme, a real feast or famine experience.
The list of online casinos in NJ that offer this game can be found below, and updated daily. That’s especially important if some of the providers begin to offer this game only during the holiday season.
Merlin’s Magic Respins Christmas
Min Bet: $1.00
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