While we’ve enjoyed slots like online slot developer Microgaming’s old-school Christmas-themed Jingle Bells or Secret Santa, also from Microgaming, which explored an alternative Christmas theme, neither really touch this game for simplicity.
A 5-reel, 20-payline video slot, Playtech’s Christmas-themed game offers something for everyone: a huge range of bets ($0.01 to $400) and not one, but two Scatters. If Christmas is a time for giving, Santa Surprise certainly fulfills that goal.
Festive Fun On Five Reels
As if the Christmas hook doesn’t put you in the mood during those dark winter nights, the graphics and sound surely will.
Jangly festive music moves proceedings along nicely, and the seasonal symbols are nicely-rendered. The 10-to-Ace symbols, familiar from most other slots, are here decorated with Christmas trappings: the Q is draped in holly and ivy, the A has a natty bobble hat, the J has a stick of candy, etc.
Elsewhere we get bells, presents, stockings and candles (but sadly no leftover turkey curry symbol – is this Christmas or what?).
Check Out the Jolly Santa Wild
The game’s prettiest graphic – the animated chortling Santa – acts as the Wild. Get five jolly Father Christmases and you’ll bag 10,000x your line bet.
The Wild substitutes for every symbol other than the Elves’ Workshop Scatter and the Christmas Tree Bonus symbol.
Pick a Present For Cash Bonuses
The snow-covered Elves’ workshop acts as one of the Scatters. Get three or more and you’ll receive 10 free spins with a 3x multiplier.
Get three or more Christmas Trees, however, on an active pay-line and you’ll trigger the Christmas Gifts Bonus. Here, you’ll be transported to a cosy domestic idyll on Christmas Eve where you’ll be presented with six Christmas gifts, all wrapped up with bows and that. Simply pick any three to win an assigned cash prize for each.
But do you go for the biggest-sized gift or is it a bluff? It certainly was a bluff when I played as it yielded precisely $0 when I played the Bonus Round, with the smallest present dishing out a healthy cash prize.
Whether you’ve been naughty or nice and are looking for some fun and easy ways to make some cash on your slots, hunt out this great little game.
Slot Game: Santa Surprise
Theme: Christmas, Festive
Lines: 5 Rows: 3
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