Santa slot review (Pragmatic Play)
Pragmatic Play has released a brand new Santa slot, just in time for this year’s Christmas festivities
As soon as you open the game, you will feel all warm and festive, with jingle bells playing in the background and elves, reindeer and good old Santa Clause himself on the reels.
Christmas themed slots are sometimes a hit or miss and often feel a bit rushed. Pragmatic Play did a great job, however, of creating a great online slot that will get you right in the mood for what most people consider the most wonderful time of the year.
Santa slot game features
The Santa is a 5 reel, 20 pay line video slot that offers players a free spins bonus, a jackpot game, stacked wilds and a theoretical Return to Player of 95.92%. The variance is on the low side of medium. Bonus features come with a pretty high frequency and will often pay out medium wins in the 50 x – 100 x your stake range.
The minimum stake is €$0.20 per spin, and the maximum bet is capped at €$100 per spin. That makes Santa an excellent option for both the recreational, small stakes player and the high roller that like to bet big to win big.
Symbols and payouts
There are four premium symbols: the Elf, the Reindeer, the Bell and the Candy Cane. The Elf is the highest paying symbol of the bunch: a five-of-a-kind of Elves on an active pay line pays out 20 times your total stake.
5 Reindeers pay out 15 times your total bet, 5 Bells will add 10 times your stake to your account, and 5 Candy Canes are worth 7.5 times your total bet.
The low paying symbols are the card symbols 10, J, Q, K and A – these pay between 5 and 2.5 times your total bet.
Santa Clause himself also plays a vital part in the game: he is wild and stacked. The wild symbol replaces all other symbols except the scatter symbols (the presents and the Christmas trees).
Two different bonus features can be won at any time, and both are a lot of fun.
The Free Spins Bonus
3 scattered Christmas Trees activate the free spins bonus. You are awarded 6 free spins with extra wilds during every free spin. Each spin, at least one and up to four reels will turn completely wild, leading to bigger payouts and increased winning chances.
Free spins cannot be retriggered.
Jackpot Bonus Game
Every time you win the Jackpot Bonus Game, you are treated to a great little animation where Santa flies across the screen on his sleigh, dropping three scattered presents across the screen. These 3 scattered wrapped gifts activate the Jackpot Bonus Game, where you are guaranteed one of four different jackpots.
You are taken to a new screen with a Christmas Tree that has 12 presents under it. Choose a present to open it and find out if you have won a cash prize or one of the four jackpots. There is only one jackpot prize hidden in the 12 presents, which means 11 cash prizes. The longer it takes you to find the jackpot prize, the higher your cash rewards will be.
The jackpots are worth between 10 times and 250 time your total bet:
- Grand Jackpot: 250 x your total bet
- Major: 50 x your total bet
- Minor: 25 x your total bet
- Mini: 10 x your total bet
Our verdict on the Santa slot by Pragmatic Play
We very much enjoyed this Christmas themed online slot by Pragmatic Play. The bonus games are a lot of fun and hit with a high frequency, giving you a lot of playtime.
The free spins bonus can pay out very well, with up to 4 reels full of wilds on every spin. The Jackpot Bonus Game can award you with wins of more than 250 x your total bet, which is enough to get our heart pumping.
Visually, Pragmatic Play has done an excellent job, with some beautiful animations and fresh, colourful graphics. The Jingle Bells music adds even more to the atmosphere and will surely put you in a festive mood.
3.5 out of 5 stars
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