With a click of your mouse enter the cozy Christmas atmosphere of Playtech’s Santa Surprise slot. In 2013, this Christmas slot is making its fourth outing (since its debut in 2010) as one of the season’s best-loved holiday games – and it’s not hard to see why slot fans keep spinning on this Xmas classic: in addition to its interactive bonus game, free games rounds and gamble feature, Santa Surprise conjures up a seasonal ambience that’s hard to resist at this time of year.
In this game the Christmas bells are ringing, the gifts are perfectly wrapped and just begging to be opened, and all the holly, Christmas stockings and candles you could hope for are on display. All brought to you for free by Free Slots – Merry Christmas!
This Christmas slot has two special features that we here at Free Slots count among our favorite types of bonus rounds: the interactive bonus game (a Playtech specialty) and the free games round. You can play of these games even when spinning this slot just for fun without betting any money.
- The Christmas Gifts Bonus – in Santa Surprise, the interactive bonus game snaps into action when three or more bonus symbols (the beautifully decorated Christmas tree) land consecutively on the reels after a spin. You’ll be immediately transported to a quintessential Christmas scene: a cozy room with a blazing fire and a Christmas tree with gifts scattered underneath it. And guess what – the gifts are for you! You have six to choose from – just click on the ones you want with your mouse. Your gifts will then be unwrapped to reveal your prize, which, if you were playing for real money, would be added to your prize pot.
- Free Games Round – you can win Free Games playing Santa Surprise (admittedly this feature is more attractive to players betting real money, because for players at Free Slots all games are free). When the Free Games Scatter symbol (the snow-topped house surrounded by fir trees) appears anywhere on the slot game’s reels after a spin, you’re rewarded with 10 free spins of the reels. During those free spins anything you win will be tripled and put in your prize pot (again, something that will appeal to real-money players). You can even win more and more free games if another three Free Games Scatter symbols land on the reels while this feature is in action.
Leaving the bonus features aside for a moment, highlights of this Christmas slot are its animated, Christmassy symbols and the gamble game, which adds a bit of tension and excitement. All the symbols glitter and twinkle when they are triggered in an active payline after a winning spin. The special symbols include the Wild (Santa Claus himself), the Scatter (described above) and the Christmas Gifts Bonus symbol (also described above). The regular symbols are high-value playing cards but with a twist: they’re all decorated in the seasonal style. As for the gamble feature, well that’s available to you (even in play-for-fun mode here at Free Slots) after every winning spin. Simply click on the Gamble button below the reels and you’ll be invited to guess whether the next card to be turned over from a deck will be red or black. Get it right and you’ll double your winnings, get it wrong and you’ll lose them all! (Of course you only take away real cash from this feature if you bet real cash in the first place).
Jackpots and Prizes
A quick bit of number crunching for anyone who might be interested in playing this game for real money: Santa Surprise comes with twenty paylines and five reels. The biggest win for a regular spin is 10,000 coins for five Wild (Santa Claus) symbols. The smallest possible win is just five coins. You have a choice of betting between 0.01 and 5.00 £/€/$ (depending on your currency) to be in with a chance of pocketing these real cash rewards.
The Last Word
Santa Surprise certainly hasn’t lost any of its Christmassy appeal. We still love it and give it nine out of ten. Try it today and compare to Playtech’s more recent Christmas-themed release: the Ghosts of Christmas slot, which graced our screens for the first time just last year, and can be enjoyed, for free of course, in our Holiday and Vacation Slots section.
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