Description and Review: Well, Christmas is definitely coming. Like it or not. And, as usual, there are new Christmas themed slots starting to appear. The first is this offering from RTG: Santastic – a three reel game with..well, you probably can guess what the symbols are.

Firstly, I will say that this isn’t a serious slot for serious slot players. There is a progressive jackpots found at RTG slot games, but Santastic is more a play for fun and hope to win a few dollars type game than a ‘you-will-be-able-to-buy-Santa-AND-all-his-elves’ big hitter.

It does have a few interesting and quirky features that I should bring to your attention, though. Firstly, if you get three of a kind, you trigger the ‘Bonus Meter’. There are eight possible bonuses ranging from 2500x bet to No Bonus. The meter will highlight all the potential bonuses before settling on one at random.

Unsurprisingly, we got ‘3 Free Spins’ most often, but we did hit the 2500x multiplier once – at which point we regretted only betting $0.50 per spin!

None of the wins in Santastic are big. In fact, they are possibly the smallest I’ve seen on a slot in ages (biggest win is 100 coins) which does detract from the overall game, but there are a couple of other neat features that do make this kinda fun.

There are double and triple wild symbols. As you might guess from the name, a Double Wild symbol gives a 2x multiplier if part of a winning line while the Triple Wild gives a 3x multiplier. Both together gives you a 6x multiplier.

However, on the downside: there is a Jackpot symbol which – if hit on Reel 2 – triggers a round where only Jackpot symbols are shown. Looks nice, but the wins are paltry. Unless, of course, you hit the Jackpot.

To conclude this review, I’d have to reiterate that Santastic isn’t a serious slots game but we enjoyed it in small doses. It’s not going to keep the interest nor is it going to keep you coming back, but as a few minutes of festive fun, it does what I believe it set out to do.

Game Information: 3 Reel, 5 Payline Slot Machine.

Wild Symbol: Double and Triple Stocking Substitute symbols. Winning lines including a Double Symbol (appearing on Reel 2 or 3) have a 2x multiplier. Winning lines where are Tripe Symbol appears (Reel 2 or 3) give a 3x multiplier. If both appear as part of a winning line, then wins are x6.

Substitutes for all except Jackpot symbol.

Bonus Features: Any three of a kind win (excluding Jackpot wins) triggers one of the bonus rounds that appear on the ‘Bonus Meter’.

These are: No Bonus, 3 Free Spins, 10 Free Spins, 1 Jackpot Spin, 25 Free Spins, 3 Jackpot Spins or 2500x win multiplier.

Jackpot Feature: Three of a kind Jackpot symbols in the base game wins the progressive jackpot.

If a single Jackpot symbol appears in the centre of Reel 2, you trigger the Jackpot Spin round.

Jackpot Spin: All non Jackpot symbols are removed from the reels for this feature. The progressive jackpot can be won during this round.

Coin Sizes: All lines must be bet. $0.50 to $25.00 per spin.

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