Play’n GO expands its Merlin slot series with Journey of Flame, its fifth instalment

Play’n GO has announced the latest addition to its Merlin slot series, called Merlin: Journey of Flame. The fifth instalment in the expansive franchise anchors itself as a prequel to Merlin and the Ice Queen Morgana (2021) and Rise of Merlin (2019).


Journey of Flame follows a younger, more rough-and-tumble Merlin as he encounters a rare Dragon’s Egg in a swampy lake,” said the iGaming content provider of the title’s theme. “Casting a shell-busting spell – Merlin finds himself in a trial by fire.”


Gameplay-wise, fans may find Merlin: Journey of Flame reminiscent of Rich Wilde and the Book of Dead (2016) as it implements the Expanding Symbol mechanics to bolster gameplay.


As players open Merlin’s Book of Spells, they are tasked with landing three or more Coloured Runes to secure victory. The company explains that Merlin himself assumes the role of a High-Paying symbol, while the Dragon Egg fashions itself a standard Wild and its cracked variant is the slot’s Scatter.


Before Free Spins commence, one Special Expanding Symbol is randomly selected, expanding when a winning combination is formed. If a High-Paying symbol like Merlin, His Staff, Potion or Spell Book, two or more reels are needed; however, if it’s a low-paying coloured Rune symbol – three or more reels are needed to trigger the Expanding Symbol mechanic.


If Merlin manages to acquire three or more Hatched Dragon Egg Scatters, it can trigger up to eight Free Spins with an additional sixth reel so players can achieve more “wand-waving” wins, explains Play’n GO.


The company also noted that Merlin can also cast “a powerful, but risky” Gamble Spell. Merlin activates this ability when wins are below 2500 coins. Through the Gamble spell, Merlin’s prize can be doubled if he guesses the colour correctly during a mini-game.


“Merlin should be cautious, though – his Gamble spell can only be cast five times in a row, or summon up to 2500 coins, meaning players must think critically about their moves,” explains the provider.


Head of Game Retention at Play'n GO, George Olekszy


George Olekszy, Head of Game Retention at Play’n GO, 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.”