Santa Surprise

Published: 07/01/2013

Santa Surprise slots bring a festive atmosphere to the screen, along with lots of cash gifts for players. From the basic red and green motif to the snow on the control buttons, the yuletide symbols on the reels and jolly old Santa Claus himself, Playtech has ensured that the spirit of Christmas is everywhere present in this winter holiday-themed game.

Santa Surprise features a standard 5-reel, 20-payline format. A wealth of coin denominations are available, starting at €0.01 per line and going up to €5.00. It is possible to bet up to 10 credits per line, which means the maximum wager per spin can amount to €1,000. It is easy to adjust the betting amount by using the toggles below the first four reels or clicking on “Bet Max.”

Payouts of 5X to 150X per line come from matching three or more card symbols, Tens through Aces. The card symbols are decked out appropriately with candles, candy canes, wreathes, scarves and Santa caps. Higher awards are paid for matching Presents, Stockings or Bells—from 2X to 500X. Santa Claus himself is the wild symbol, substituting for all symbols except the Christmas Tree Bonus and the Cottage scatter. Catching 2, 3, 4 or 5 wilds on an active payline pays 10X, 200X, 2000X or 10000X, respectively.

Whenever three or more Christmas Tree Bonus symbols align on an active payline, the Christmas Gifts Bonus is triggered. A new screen appears displaying the interior of a cottage, with a fireplace, candles on the mantle and snow falling outside the window. Beneath the decorated tree in the centre, Santa has left six colourfully wrapped gifts, each one worth a hidden cash prize. The player may select from three to five of the gifts, depending on the number of Bonus symbols that initiated the bonus round.

A second bonus feature relates to the Cottage scatter symbol. Whenever 2, 3, 4 or 5 of the scatters appear, anywhere on the reels, the game immediately pays 2, 5, 50 or 500 times the total amount wagered. For three or more Cottage scatters displayed, the Free Games bonus is activated. The player receives 10 free spins with a 3X multiplier for all winning combinations. The reels contain both the Christmas Tree Bonus and Cottage scatter symbols during the free spins so that either bonus can be retriggered, too. In fact, free games can be won indefinitely.

Another bonus aspect of the Santa Surprise slots game is its Gamble Feature. Following any win, the player has the opportunity to guess a card, black or red to double up the winnings. Selecting correctly allows redoubling, too. Otherwise, the “Collect” button can be clicked to retain the amount won and return to the slot game mode. A history of past cards drawn provides information that can be used to make the choice a little easier. The double-up limit is €2,500.

Those who like to concentrate primarily on playing bonus games will appreciate the Santa Surprise Autoplay button below the first reel. It can be used to pre-set up to 99 spins by using the +/- toggles adjacent to the counter or by typing the number of automatic spins desired directly into the counter window. The game will continue uninterrupted until either the player presses the stop button or the reels stop on a combination for a bonus that requires the player’s input.

Clicking on the “Tools” symbol at the top right of the screen will reveal a pull-down menu such useful “Options” as “Game Settings,” “Audio Settings” and “General Settings.” Here, the player can disable the game sounds, background sounds or dealer voices. It is also possible to adjust the game speed for fast play or normal play.

Published on: 07/01/2013

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