Competition in the world of slots software is always a good thing. I had not come across Merkur slots until today, though they have been around for 15 years. These are created by German software house Edict eGaming GmbH. Taking advantage of our ever more connected world, these slots are available to play in your browser.
The reason they were in the news is that top-tier online casino Mr. Green has just signed a partnership with Edict eGaming. They have added 3 titles to the range available at Mr Green initially, with more to follow. These slots are in good company, there are games from NetEnt, MicroGaming and other ‘big names’ to choose from. The 3 first titles are 221B Baker Street, Magic Mirror and Double Triple Chance.
I gave them all a quick try out this afternoon, my reaction was mixed.
221b Baker Street: This is a 5 reel, 20 line video slot themed around Sherlock Holmes (a popular theme at the moment with movies and TV series). The graphics are pretty good, without too much fuss or 3D action. When you hit a win you can choose two ways to gamble this, through a ‘ladder’ which where you hope to climb up and not hit the zero – or through a red / black playing card choice. There are 3 bonus rounds, I only got the ‘Duel Bonus’ which is a pick’em round where you get to choose from 1 of 3 potential prizes which Holmes shoots. My one complaint is that the wins take too long to give you the ‘collect’ and ‘gamble’ buttons, this got annoying for the smaller wins especially. All round s great slot – worthy of the company of bigger name titles and a solid base from which Edict can build their Merkur range.
Double Triple Chance: This is a 3 reel slot based on fruit symbols. There are blocks of fruits, so that you can find the entire screen filled with one type (which gives you a special win feature). There are 5 win-lines. I have to admit this is not my kind of slot at all. It might appeal to the traditionalists, though for me there is only so much entertainment you can get from lining up fruit!
Magic Mirror: Back to 5 lines, though the simple type of video slot. This is themed slightly mystically – reminds me of Avalon without explicitly saying that this is what the game is about. There is the same opportunity to gamble your wins (and the same annoying delay while the game shows you which lines have won). This game has a free spins feature, which depends on how many scatters you hit. A solid enough slot, though I am not convinced this will keep many people entertained for long. Add a jackpot, and maybe a simple feature round or two – and this does have the potential to be a good game.
I’m rooting for this slot software house to develop further, based on the first games to get a major licensing deal, they certainly have the potential.
Non-US readers can check these games (and 100’s of others) over at the award winning www.mrgreen.com