Top 5 festive video slots to enjoy this Christmas
Oh the weather outside is frightful but these slots are so delightful! It’s the most wonderful time of the year as presents are wrapped, eggnog is made and there’s an atmosphere of warmth and well wishes. Casinos too have their festive celebrations, with a whole lot of promotions on offer as a treat to players.
Playing Christmas slots is another way to get into the Crimbo mood and a number of game studios have come up with themed video slots that help to maintain that lovely Christmas spirit. Here are our top picks for festive-themed slots, some of which we enjoy dipping into all year round! Read on to learn more.
Game provider: NetEnt
We’re starting off with the most recent addition to the Christmas collection and that’s NetEnt’s Jingle Spin. This game was released just ahead of the 2018 festive season, giving players plenty of time to enjoy this slot before the big day itself.
As we have come to expect from this studio, the visuals are on point. This slot is set in Santa’s workshop and we can see wooden beams, rich, firelit colours and a host of Santa’s assistants, helping to put those presents together.
The game utilises a bonus wheel feature, which spins in tandem with the main reels. This feature, which we saw in a different shape on the 2013 slot Eggomatic, adds another element of fun to the game. Jingle Spin is built on 5 reels and 3 rows, with 20 paylines. The elves that sit atop the reels are in charge of distributing rewards, which include free spins, Wilds and coin wins, as the game progresses.
This contribution from NetEnt adds a cute, appealing title to the range of festive slots already out there. With an RTP of just over 96% and a medium variance, it follows the same pattern of many of NetEnt’s slots – rewarding with small, frequent wins and appealing to more casual players.
Ho Ho Tower
Game provider: ELK Studios
Fans of ELK Studios’ Hong Kong Tower will see the similarities in this game but don’t be fooled – Ho Ho Tower only borrows the theme from its predecessor, offering players completely new gameplay.
Though not traditional to the region, Christmas is a big deal in Hong Kong, with tonnes of lights, events and activities taking over the street at December draws in. Ho Ho Tower reflects that bright and exciting celebration with its own colourful design. This 5-reel, 3-row slot brings East and West together with its fusion of design.
There are 99 ways to win in Ho Ho Tower and the Mystery Feature is sure to delight players with its secret surprises. It can reveal the Yin Yang bonus symbol, which then grants the player access to the top floors of Ho Ho Tower and the three bonus wheels at the top. These wheels have a lot of goodies in store, with coin wins up to 500 the initial bet!
This ELK Studios video slot will appeal to a broad swathe of players – those who loved Hong Kong Tower, players who enjoy Eastern-inspired slots and those who love a good Christmas light come to mind. ELK has poured all of its skill and creativity into Ho Ho Tower and it shows!
Game provider: Play N Go
Wrapped presents, mistletoe and gently glowing candles – couldn’t get more Christmas if we tried! Play N Go has fully embraced all the Christmas cliches and to be honest, we are loving it! This 2014 has held up well over the years and remains a game we get eager to play as soon as there’s a chill in the air.
Merry Xmas is all about atmosphere, which becomes clear when you notice that Play N Go has not built everything-but-the-kitchen-sink into this game. On the contrary, it is quite simple. Five reels, 3 rows and 15 paylines have gone into this slot, and there are Wilds and multipliers to look forward to. The only bonus feature is the Pick a Bonus feature, which is triggered when 3 or more presents appear on the reels.
Easy to understand and enjoyable to play, if we had to characterise Merry Xmas it would be to compare it to that hot cuppa enjoyed on the couch before the family descend for Christmas lunch – a welcome respite from all the noise.
A Christmas Carol
Game provider: Betsoft
You can’t get a more classic Christmas tale than Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Over the years, it has been interpreted into a multitude of films, our personal favourite being The Muppets’ performance of this timeless work.
Betsoft has taken on the task of creating a slot game based on this iconic bit of Christmas culture and we must say, they’ve done an excellent job! This 3D slot really evokes that spooky feeling we get whenever those ghosts show up.
A Christmas Carol has 3 rows and 5 reels, with 25 betlines built into the game. Aside from the Wilds and the gamble feature, which allows players to take a chance on their last win, Betsoft have cleverly incorporated the story’s elements as game features.
The ghosts of the Christmas past, present and future impact how the game progresses. The ghost of the past, for instance, guarantees a winning payline combination, probably thanks to the power of retrospection. The ghost of the present brings additional Wilds and the ghost of the future also guarantees a win, thanks to its power of prediction.
Betsoft has handled this beloved Christmas story well, remaining true to the spirit (pardon the pun) of the original and building features that make sense within the context of the story. We believe players will be returning to this game over many future Christmases.
Game provider: RTG
Ever wondered what Rudolph would look like if he were angry? Well, RTG has helpfully answered that question for us thanks to the absolutely bonkers Rudolph’s Revenge. This 2011 RTG slot features all of those familiar Christmas sights – snow, bright colours, Santa – but things take a noticeably darker turn quite quickly.
Rudolph has had it with the tough working conditions and poor opportunities for professional progression at the North Pole and he’s leading the charge ahead of his reindeer compatriots. This is where the missiles and bombs show up alongside the presents and candy canes.
Rudolph’s Revenge includes Wilds and a free spins feature, built into a 5×3 reel structure with 50 paylines. There are multipliers to collect as well, which contribute to the generous maximum potential win of 50,000 times the initial wager on this slot.
We can’t say we have ever seen a reindeer lose his temper but, armed with a baseball bat and a bad attitude, Rudolph is doing just that. They say revenge is a dish best served cold and you can’t get colder than the Arctic!