Looking for a slot with that feel-good factor and big win potential for the festive season? Well, Santa from Pragmatic Play fits that description perfectly. A soothing soundtrack playing an adaptation of the famed Jingle Bells song, warm festive colors, and stacked Santas as wild symbols are packed into a Christmas present all slot-playing players will be able to enjoy.
In the spirit of the festive season, the slot has a medium level of volatility that will not see balances disappear in a flash, yet it keeps the potential for mega wins.
Santa’s Festive Slot Reels
A quiet and serene forest scene on a cold wintery night, with full moon and steady falling snow in view, serves as a fitting background for the game window. That is itself intricately ornamented with a golden line. The graphics are extremely crisp, while the animations flow smoothly. The soundtrack is just as fitting for the festive season.
Santa has nine pay symbols, one wild symbol and two bonus symbols. At the low end, they are 10s to As, continuing at the high-paying level with a traditional candy cane, a pair of bells, a deer, and an elf. Santa is the wild symbol, appearing stacked at all times on reels two to five only. The bonus symbols are a golden gift box with a red bow, while the free spins scatters are an intricate tile with a Christmas tree and the word ‘scatter’ at the bottom.
The Festive Numbers and Stats
Santa is a video slot with five reels, three rows and 20 fixed pay lines. The game has two bonus features: a Christmas pick-and-click bonus game with four fixed jackpots, and a free spins round with guaranteed wild reels. The RTP of this medium-variance game is set at 95.92%. At the time of this review, the game is available for play on desktop only. AutoPlay allows players to choose from 10 to 100 spins to be played consecutively, with a range of options as to when the run should stop.
Spinning the reels on Santa starts at 0.20 coins and peaks at 100 coins. Pays for a single five of a kind range from 2.50 to 20x the initial stake. The maximum win in the bonus game can be in excess of 250x your bet, while in the free spins it can exceed 1,000x the stake.
The Jackpot Bonus Game
The pick-and-click feature guarantees the win of one of four fixed jackpots and additional coin wins. It is triggered by hitting gift box symbols on reels one, three and five. Alternatively, Santa can randomly swing in on his sleigh to place the bonus symbols on the required reels. The game leads to a second screen, displaying 12 golden gift boxes hanging on a Christmas tree. These may contain coin wins or jackpot symbols.
Players keep opening gifts until a jackpot symbol is revealed. The choices for the jackpots are Minor, Mini, Mega and Grand, with values ranging from 10x to 250x the total stake. The bonus game ends when one of the jackpots is won.
The accumulated coin wins and the jackpot amount are paid at the end of the round. Expect wins around 30x to 40x your bet when the Mini jackpot is won, and higher-value prizes if any of the other jackpots is revealed.
Santa’s Free Spins Feature
Scatter symbols appearing on reels two, three and four in one spin will activate six free spins, which cannot be retriggered. At the start of each free spin, reels two to five can turn into wild reels. The bonus game cannot be won during the feature. This is the moment to score the biggest wins on Santa: having the back four reels wild will result in an all-line win, paying a minimum of 200x the bet on each occurrence.
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Santa is a Pragmatic Play slot with 5 reels and 20 paylines. Playable from 20p a spin on all devices, this festive themed offering comes with a Bonus Game feature where you pick from presents to win 1 of 4 fixed jackpots – the top prize being a cool 250 times your stake. You also have a Free Spins feature where you only get 5 free spins but the Santa wild can land fully on up to 4 reels on every single free spin!
The design in Santa has a simple, cartoon feel - with a snow-capped forest in the background, the red reels include A to 10 playing cards alongside candy canes, bells and a reindeer. The best standard symbol is Santa’s elf who awards 20 times your stake if you land 5 on a payline.
The bearded figure of Santa is the wild - he can land on reels 2, 3, 4 and 5 and replaces everything apart from the scatter and bonus symbols. There are 2 bonus features to look forward to in Santa – they are as follows:
Bonus Game feature - land 3 of the gift box scatter on reels 1, 3 and 5 simultaneously to trigger this feature. You’ll be taken to a new screen and shown a selection of 12 presents. Keep on picking until you find a jackpot symbol - there are 4 of these:
Mini = 10x your total stake
Minor = 25x your total stake
Major = 50x your total stake
Grand = 250x your total stake
Free Spins feature - you’ll need to find 3 Christmas tree scatters to trigger the second bonus round. As well as a payout equal to double your total stake, you’ll also get 5 free spins. These are played out on a new set of reels. The Santa wild can land fully stacked on reels 2 through 5 during the free spins meaning you could play the 5 free spins with 4 fully wild reels!
Santa is a simple but jolly affair - the visuals are nicely done and you’ll hear Jingle Bells and Deck The Halls playing as you spin. We landed the bonus features at regular intervals. The stacked wilds can have a big impact in the free spins round but you need to get 3 or 4 reels to win big. The overall variance is in the medium range.
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The theoretical average return to player (RTP) is up to 95.92%. This RTP represents the long-term expected payback of the game which has been calculated by an independent testing company and monitored monthly.
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