Description and Review: Christmas is well and truly on it’s way. So Microgaming have chosen to celebrate with a slot machine. Well, they do develop online slots, so it makes sense! They’ve even taken plenty of time over the visuals and the theme as a whole. This is one slot machine that definitely ‘feels a lot like Christmas’.

You’ve got Turkey, Christmas Puddings, Gifts and, of course, Santa himself among the symbols. It all looks good and the animations when you hit a win are pretty neat too. For example, a win involving the Turkey icons plays a brief animation showing the Turkey being carved.

One slightly annoying thing is that the sound is really, really quiet in the base game and really loud during the bonus rounds. Compression, people. Compression. That will even out the differences in the perceived volume of the sound – especially useful for people like me who turned up his speakers during the regular game only to be blasted when it got to a bonus game!

It’s a minor point, though and you can’t now say you weren’t warned.

The slot itself is good fun with plenty going on. You should have some lengthy sessions playing Secret Santa as there are frequent smaller wins and lots of different bonus features.

There are no less than seven Secret Santa bonuses, triggered at random for instance. Although, honestly, you can see these coming a mile off due to the way the reels spin when one is about to hit.

Bonuses include 5 Free Spins, 3 Wild Reels, Random Wilds and a Mystery Multiplier Bonus. I’ll go into more depth about these in the ‘Instructions’ section of this review, but it’s always nice to get a bonus even on a losing spin. Most of these are not going to make you super rich, but they do add to the pleasure of playing this slot. And you could get the Scatter Spree where all symbols pay in any position or the 10x Mystery Multiplier bonus on a decent win.

Secret Santa does promise a headline ‘maximum win’ of 115,000 coins and, being one of those 1024 win line slots, it is possible to hit this, but – for me – this is primarily a game to play for entertainment rather than as a serious ‘I-will-win-the-jackpot’ slot.

Another nice feature that I haven’t seen before is the 5 of a Kind Again feature. If you get a genuine five of a kind (ie: not one involving the wild symbol), then there is a respin with a second guaranteed five of a kind win. The only difference is that the symbol triggering your original win will change.

There’s a lot to like about the Secret Santa slots game and we fully expect it to be a player favourite in the lead up to Christmas.

Game Information: 5 Reel, 1024 Win Line Slot Machine.

Wild Symbol: Secret Santa logo. Subsitutes for all except scattered Christmas Crackers.

Scatter Symbol: Christmas Cracker. Three or more pays any position. Scatter wins are multiplied by total bet stake. Three gives 2x bet; four awards 5x bet and 5 awards 10x total bet size.

Santa Mystery Bonuses: There are seven randomly triggered bonuses:

Wild Reels: Turns up to three reels wild.

Wild Boost: A random symbol becomes wild.

Free Spins: 5 free spins with a 3x multiplier are awarded.

Mystery Multiplier: Receive either a 5x or 10x win multiplier.

Dashing Wilds: Four symbols at random are turned wild.

Scatter Spree: All symbols are made ‘scattered’ and pay in any position. Wins are multiplied by total stake.

Rolling Reels: Consecutive wins increase the multiplier to a maximum of 12x. Multiple consecutive wins can be won.

Five Of A Kind Again Feature: A five of a kind that is formed without wilds triggers the Five of A Kind Again feature.

The triggering symbols are changed into a new symbol and a new 5 of a kind win is created.

Maximum Win: 115,000 coins.

Coin Sizes: 0.01 to 0.05. 10 coins per line means a 25.00 bet maximum.

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