Xmas Joker Slots
This jolly joker of slots is not your common Christmas themed slot. Featuring only 3 reels, 3 rows and 5 paylines, it does not look the most exciting slot at first sight, but with lucrative bonuses and free spin rounds, it does not take long before you realise what the hype is about.
Developed by Play’n Go, the reels are surrounded by Christmas bells and ribbons as well as small gingerbread biscuits on a striped green background. The symbols are neatly arranged on three white, candy cane framed reels. Symbols include gold biscuit stars, Christmas bells, Christmas baubles, candy canes tied in a bow and gingerbread men.
While there is no wild symbol, there is an elf joker scatter symbol, as well as a special Christmas gift symbol.
The stakes can range from €0.50 up to €100; these can be set using the controls at the bottom of the screen. There is also a control that can set an autoplay feature, in which you can spin 100 times automatically with stop options for wins and losses.
The game is a classic 3x3 video slot, so winning combinations can only be achieved from combinations of three matching symbols, the rewards for which are very high.
Three gingerbread men and the candy canes will pay at 10x, three baubles will pay at 30x, the Christmas bells pay at 40x and finally the gold biscuit star pays at 50x for a line.
Spinning three of the elf jokers across the reels will award you with 10 free spins, during which the Christmas gift symbol can land.
Landing two of the Christmas gift symbols during the free spin round pays at 100x the total bet. Landing three of the Christmas gift symbols can award an additional 10 free spins during the round, and this way, you can claim up to 50 free spins during one round.
With the high paying symbols and the generous rewards from the free spin round, this game is certainly one to try; you will soon realise that the rewards can really pile up in a short matter of time.
Merry Xmas Slots
Another entry from developer Play’n Go, Merry Xmas slots is a festive game with flexible paylines, surprise gifts and multiplier wilds, as well as bonus rounds.
The graphics are fantastically detailed, with the reels set between to candles with an open snowy background between two snow covered pine trees. The background music is ambient, it does not impose too much into the game but can be comfortably heard between the chimes and jingles that the spins and symbols produce during gameplay.
The stakes are a little lower than most games, ranging between €0.01 and €18.75 which means that you definitely will not be throwing out huge amounts of money on single spins, but this does not mean that you cannot win big. The biggest jackpot from a single spin in the game is 12,500x which, with a maximum stake of €18.75 can earn just over €230,000.
All the symbols are Christmas themed and beautifully illustrated, including Santa Claus himself, a reindeer, a Christmas bauble, bells, candles, a glass of mulled wine and candy cane.
The highest value symbol is Santa Claus, who pays 2,500x for five symbols and 250s for four. He is followed by the reindeer that pays 1,000x for a line of five and the Christmas bauble that pays 500x for 5. The bells pay 250x, the candles pay 125x, the mulled wine pays 100x and the candy cane pays 75x on lines of 5.
Additionally there is a big gold wild symbol that can substitute for any standard symbol to help and form wins. There are also three scatter symbols that appear in the differently shaped gift boxes that come in gold, yellow and green.
There are gold wilds that are coupled with multipliers that include 2x, 3x, 4x or 5x, these act the same as regular wilds and can complete single or multiple combinations with the additional payout multipliers.
This is important because payouts can be vastly increased, for example the Santa Claus payout of 2,500x can be increased to a maximum of 12,500x, which is the highest payout in the game.
If the yellow box scatter symbol lands in the first reel, the green box scatter symbol in the second and the gold box scatter symbol lands in the third reel, the Pick a Prize round is triggered.
All three boxes come to the foreground and you can pick one of them to open for a cash prize. The cash prizes vary, and you will be able to see the prizes that were in the boxes you did not choose, hopefully they will be lower than the prize in the box that you opened. The top prize is worth a generous 150x the total bet.
For a slightly darker take on Christmas, Raging Reindeer is a 6-reel, 4 row slot with 4,096 ways to win. It has more sinister undertones than the other games, with the main character, Rudolf, aggressively side-eyeing you as you start the game.
The symbols include the royals 9, 10, J, Q, K and A, as well as several characters such as a rabbit, an owl, a wolf, a cat and Rudolf himself. The characters are supposed to be friends of Rudolf, and they also have dark looks about them, although all of them have party hats or drinks.
The wild is a mysterious crate, it can fall on any reel except the first reel, and the scatter symbol is the logo “Raging Reindeer” on a wooden board with a creepy neon arrow underneath as if it were the entry sign to a motel.
The stakes are also relatively low, ranging from €0.20 to €20 per spin, but there is an autospin function that can hasten your game with up to 1,000 automatic spins with stop conditions.
All the symbols will award payouts for combinations of at least three symbols with the exception of the highest value symbol, Rudolf, who can also form wins with just 2 adjacent symbols.
The card symbols 9 and 10 will pay 5x for a combination of three symbols, 10x for four, 30x for five and 50x for six. The J will pay 5x for a combination of three symbols, 15x for four, 40x for five and 60x for six. Symbols Q through A pay 7x for three symbols, 25x for four, 50x for five and 75x for six.
The character symbols pay higher, with the owl and rabbit paying 15x for three symbols, 35x for four, 75x for five and 100x for six. The cat and wolf symbols pay 35x for a combination of three, 75x for four, 100x for five and 125x for six. Finally, Rudolf can pay 20x for a combination of two symbols, 75x for three, 100x for four, 125x for five and 150x for six.
The bonus round called Jingle spins can be activated by landing either 3, 4, 5 or 6 scatter symbols on the reels, awarding you 8, 15, 20 or 50 jingle spins, respectively.
The Jingle spins are free spins where wilds will also act as multipliers; when there is a win that uses one or more wilds, it will be given a multiplier of 2 or 3. Additionally the Rudolf symbols also do not have to be adjacent in this round to make wins. Because Rudolf symbols can even award payouts from 2 symbols, this means just landing 2 Rudolf symbols anywhere on the reels will award a payout. The Jingle Spins are otherwise played as any other round, meaning that if you land more scatters then you have the chance to add extra spins to the Jingle Spins in the same way as in the base game.