Santa Slot review
Santa, from Pragmatic Play, is this developer’s contribution to the winter holidays and to the line-up of slots being released on this occasion.
Santa is a slot machine that features a traditional Christmas theme, something that is among the least rare things that you can find right now. I still can’t get enough of these slots though, at least when the holidays come around, so I think there is a place for them. The traditional style that inspired some of these slots means that the symbols are not going to vary much. They’re going to show us images of Santa, of his helpers, of the reindeer pulling his sleigh, along with candy canes, bells and gifts. There are many more that could’ve been used, but Pragmatic Play preferred to rely on non-relevant poker cards for some weird reason, and the game’s design suffers because of it.
The game has a lot to offer even beyond the theme it uses, and I would especially mention its fixed jackpots here, one of which can even get to a value of $25,000. This slot has 20 lines and 5 reels. It comes with scatters, free spins, regular and expanding wilds, plus bonus games that deliver the fixed jackpots.
There is a certain type of bet that is available in most slot machines coming from Pragmatic Play, where the lines are fixed and the line bet is the only one customizable. You can have 1 to 10 coins set up for each line, with coin values between $0.01 and $0.50. At most, you can spend 200 coins, worth $100. The minimum wager is $0.20.
The wild symbol is the one showing you Santa, so I’m sure it will get enough attention from players. It appears on the last four columns, substituting for regular symbols only.
The Gift is reserved for the role of the bonus game trigger. To do that, the symbol is needed in three locations, on the reels 1, 3 and 5. The bonus game lets you make various picks, and in exchange you win one of four fixed jackpots, which pay between 10x and 250x total bet.
The final feature comes in the form of the free spins, 6 of them offered for three scattered Christmas Trees. Fully wild reels can be present during some of these free spins.
Santa gets some things right, but in this competitive field it needs much better graphics in order to get a big share of the market.