There is no escaping the Season’s Spirit and holidays are usually the time when even some of the most hardcore, sworn-by-oath cynics cannot resist getting into the festive mood and decorating their every-day disposition with a little bit of hope and joy. This is precisely what makes the timing perfect for testing a new, appropriately themed video slot or revisiting some of the classics and your all-time favourites Christmas themed releases.
Fortunately for all of us who truly enjoy the festivities, the selection is great. Among all the slots of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come, the ones described below are 5 of the most popular Christmas-themed slots available on the market; judging by the players’ feedback, they are likely to remain on the top for a very long time, until some new Christmas miracle comes up and finds its own place among the top picks.
Taking a more traditional approach, NetEnt has produced a conventional 5 rows and 25 paylines Christmas theme slot, with classic Jingle Bells background music and picture-book appearance. Secrets of Christmas comes with three Wilds, Free Spins, multipliers and a bonus game with extra prizes awarded.
The Scatter icon in Secrets of Christmas will trigger 10 new spins together with an in-game where the player picks a certain number of Santa’s Gifts to reveal additional prizes. The number of picks will depend on the number of Scatters that unlocked the bonus and the prizes include new spins, multipliers and expanding Wild symbols.
In terms of profit and RTP, Secrets of Christmas is more than decent and can generate a total payout of over 350,000 coins with the betting range of $0.25 – $125. The one disappointing element of the slot are somewhat lower main game winnings, however, the abundance of Free Spins and multipliers will definitely compensate for the weak spots.
Taco Brothers Saving Christmas by Elk is an all-ways-win Holiday re-edition of the extremely popular Taco Brothers slot, originally released in 2015. The Christmas version centres around the familiar characters, Brothers Pepe, Paso and Pico, who, with the help of lovely Señorita and the villagers of Santa Maria, fight against the Captain in an attempt to gain back the tacos he had stolen.
Characteristic for Elk slots is an integrated strategy program, allowing the players to automatize the betting system through there different modes – Leveller, where a bet will be increased after 5 losses in a row, Jumper, where stake is increased after every win, and finally Booster, where a bet raises after every losing spin.
With a Re-Spin bonus feature, Free Spins and Wild Escape Bonus, the slot’s return to player percentage is calculated at 96.4%, potentially cashing out 150,000 coins – given that the maximum bet amount is $50.00, the payout is enough to make your Christmas quite merry.
Released by Microgaming, Deck The Halls is a low volatility video slot with a potential payout of 2,400,000 coins on one bet. The slot is played on 30 adjustable paylines and has a betting range of $0.5 to $15.00, with a Max Bet option that will automatically maximize the number of lines and coins.
The highest value symbol is the Deck The Halls Wild, which not only substitutes all other icons (except for the Scatter), but also doubles the winning amount for every valid combination. This symbol also has an added value of becoming a Stacked Wild when the Free Spins are triggered, multiplying the wins by 4.
The additional spins are unlocked when at least 3 Bell symbols lands on the reels; during the spins, all winnings will be multiplied; should the triggering symbol appear again, the Free Spins session will be re-activated.
Having a conventional design, the game might not stand out from the rest of the Christmas themed slots, but is still quite a find when it comes to the payout potential, frequent winnings and generous multipliers.
Following the success of 2014 Merlin’s Magic Respins video slot, NextGen creative team decided to launch the slot’s Christmas version as well, which, judging by the great response from the players, turned out to be a great move. The developer was of course not stingy with the special features and the slot is literally packed with bonuses – starting with Merlin Wilds, free games, Respins and, of course, the inevitable NextGen’s unique Superbet feature.
During the base game mode, the Merlin Wild will land only on reels 2 to 4 – once the Wild Respins are triggered, the same icon will appear on all the reels. Free Games feature will be unlocked with the combination of three Scatter symbols and re-triggered if the same combination lands onto the reels during this mode. With a bit of help from Merlin, all of the symbols can become Wilds, while the Free Games mode is active, significantly increasing the payouts.
Selecting the Superbet wager option, the player will manage to unlock the Wild Respins feature, where the number of spins is conditioned by the wagering amount (generating 1 to 5 Respins). Although Merlin’s Magic Respins Christmas is not an original launch but simply a Holiday re-edition, the Christmas version is ideal for this time of year and bound to make you jolly.
It was only a question of time when this Christmas classic, that served as an inspiration to numerous movie interpretations, will finally get its own video slot version. With not so merry background of Dickens’s Christmas Carol, Ghosts of Christmas is a 3 row and 5 reels slot with 20 adjustable paylines, launched by Playtech.
The number of free games that one can unlock when the combination of 3 Scatter symbols appears on the reels is unlimited, since the bonus game can be re-activated. Landing of the Clock symbols on the reels will activate one of the Ghosts of Christmas bonuses – Past, Present and Future, allowing the player to pick the objects and win cash awards.
This particular bonus cannot be reactivated during an already active mode, but the frequency rate is decent and the winning in Free Games mode tripled. Just what you need to “honour Christmas in your heart and keep it all the year”.