Merkur Gaming is one of several developers and gambling companies which are part of Gauselmann Group, another big name worth mentioning being Blueprint Gaming. The full name of the company is actually Merkur Interactive GmbH, and they’re based in Germany. They have their own subsidiary, called Edict Egaming, which will design the software and games for them.
A huge number of games are available from Merkur, more than 210 titles at the last count, and that offers players a lot of variety and the chance to choose a game that’s perfect for them. They’re not just offering slot machines, they have an interest in a lot of different markets related to gambling, from lottery to land-based machines or sports betting. This is one of the big names of the German gambling industry, but in the international market they’re not one of the major providers.
You will discover several casinos which are powered by the Merkur Gaming solution, but the number is not a very big one. Most casinos prefer adding their games to an existing line-up which includes content from many other developers.
History of Merkur Gaming
The history of Merkur Gaming actually begins a long time before the appearance of online gambling, to the late 50s when the Gauselmann Group had its start. The founder was Paul Gauselmann, and he created a German company which offered entertainment solutions. It was only in 1974 that Paul Gauselmann founded the Merkur brand, which his group operates to this day. Merkur Spielothek is a brand of gaming halls that are available in Germany, in more than 230 locations, and they’re operated by Gauselmann.
The name Merkur has also become known for the slot machines which are offered under this name, though once again this is more of a brand. The actual content is usually developed by Edict Egaming, a name that you will often hear in connection with Merkur.
Merkur is not an extremely well-known brand outside of Germany, but they are huge in that country. With a couple of decades of experience in the land-based market, and offering not only slot machines, but also arcade titles, sports betting and lottery solutions, they certainly have what it takes to do a lot better online as well.
They have over 140 slot machines, out of the 210+ games available in total in their collection. This gives them a lot of variety theme wise, though you will get the common stories from them as well (Ancient Rome, Egypt, Fruit, Fishing, etc). I’ve noticed an increase in the quality of their slot machines, particularly in Guardians of the Monastery, their latest release. Generally though, I consider their slot machines to be average looking, and I’m rarely loving what they offer in this particular area.
They’ve proven over the years that they are capable of innovating as well, and in their two most recent games they did just that. Light Blocks is an especially unique release, combining Tetris style action with slot mechanics and multipliers.
I’ve discovered several games which seem to be particularly popular with players. These include the Eye of Horus slot, along with Magic Mirror Deluxe, Knight’s Life, Ghost Slider and Fruitinator. The newly released Night of the Werewolf has also seen quite a bit of attention, which seems logical when you look at its theme and at the RTP which is on the high side.
Highest RTP Games
Merkur’s collection is a pretty good one, and overall I was satisfied with the average Return to Player in their games. Some of their slots manage to do better in this particular area, and among those that I will mention and recommend are Tiara (97.81%), Hocus Pocus Deluxe (97.47%), Amazonia (96.95%), Golden Diamond (96.92%), 77777 (96.76%) and Multi Wild (96.68%).
As the vast majority of their games are somewhere near 96%, either slightly above or below it, Merkur’s collection manages to look pretty good to the players which prefer to use the RTP as a measure of how good a game is.