If you’re cool enough to play Christmas themed slots all year round, this might just be the treat you’ve been looking for. Released by designers Pragmatic Play, new kids on the block who are even newer to the desktop market having started on mobile, their ease of play philosophy has carried over and it’s easy to see in action.
This game is exactly what you’d expect from a Christmas themed slot, with all the usual Christmas tropes, but is it worth a go outside the festive season? Is Santa’s sack full, or are you going to get coal this year?
There’s no getting around it, this slot is very Christmassy. There are snow-covered pines, sumptuous red ribbons for the background and symbols all designed to evoke the festive season. Candy canes, Christmas bells, elves and reindeer all make an appearance, as well as Santa himself, while even the 10 – A symbols are festooned with jaunty hats and baubles.
If you already feel ill, this might not be the slot for you. But, if you stick around, there are plenty of wins to be had. Bets cover a decent range, with 0.20 to 100 credits per spin, and getting the maximum 5 elves on one line alone can net you 20x your stake. Not a figure to be sniffed at with a maximum bet on the line. With an RTP of 95.92%, this slot could leave you very happy regardless of the time of year.
It’s unfortunate that many themed slots have a reputation for coasting on their design, not their content, but this game isn’t one of them. For a start, you’ve got Santa on your side as the wild, and while you don’t get a specific prize for landing him, he drops by very often to help complete other combinations. Next up, you can land the bonus symbol in the form of a present on reels 1, 3 and 5, triggering a special bonus round that challenges you to open presents that contain cash prizes.
The round only ends when you find the jackpot symbol, otherwise, you can potentially claim 11 other prizes before the round ends. And, even when it does end, it’s only because you’ll be given another jackpot that can be up to 250x your original stake!
Moreover is one final bonus round that can only be triggered once, through the collection of three Christmas tree scatters. These are helpfully labelled ‘scatter’ and land on reels 2, 3 and 4. Not only does this mode grant six automatic re-spins, but it also makes the Santa wilds stackable across the reels, so you can effectively fill the reels with Santas and make every single symbol a winner, allowing for truly huge payouts.
If you can see past the Christmas theme, this is a medium variance game that has an awful lot of potential for high and low rollers alike, with high payouts that can be accessed with little outlay.