Christmas Catch Features
Christmas Catch is a Megaways slot, so the action effectively takes place on a gaming grid that can be 6 reels by 2 to 7 rows, depending on the size of the symbols that fall. Winning combinations come in the form of landing matching pay symbols on adjacent reels, starting from the leftmost reel—no rigid paylines. Given that you’ll potentially be playing with a 6x7 game area, you’ve got up to 117,649 ways to win.
When you hit a winning combination, those symbols disappear and new symbols drop down from above to fill in the vacated space, thereby giving you chances to hit further winning combos—a ‘Reaction’.
Not only that, but whenever winning symbols are removed, a Sleigh will park above reels 2 to 5 and at least one Gift Bonus Prize will appear, although the gift will only be awarded if a Seigh Symbol is parked above the same reel.
If you’re lucky enough to have a Golden Sleigh above the reel, your Gift Bonus Prize will be multiplied by 10x! Bear in mind that any Sleighs already above reel 2 disappear with every Reaction, and the other sleighs then move one position to the left. You didn’t expect them to stay indefinitely, did you?
Your standard low-pay symbols are 9 to Ace. Landing a 6-of-a-kind can win you between 0.25x and 0.5x the stake. Your high pays are the different coloured Christmas stockings, and as always, size matters. The bigger the stocking, the bigger your win. For example, 6-of-a-kind can pocket you between 0.6x and 50x your bet! Wilds fall on reels 2 to 5 only and substitute for all pay symbols.
Free Spins & Win Exchange
If 3 Golden Christmas Pudding Scatter symbols land, you immediately win 10 free spins. 3 or more subsequent Scatters will win you 4 additional free spins, plus an extra 2 free spins for every Scatter that lands after that. You start off the Free Spins round with a Sleigh Multiplier of 1x, the second Sleigh that lands will have a multiplier of 2x, and so on… Unlike in the base game, Gift Bonuses are multiplied by all visible Sleigh Multipliers.
If you win between 25x and 100x your stake, you’ll get the opportunity to exchange the win for a chance to enter the Free Spins Bonus Round by spinning the red and green Win Exchange wheel. If you choose to spin and land on green, you proceed to said Bonus Round. Land on red, however, and you lose your win and return to the base game. That being said, if you don’t fancy chancing your arm, you can just click ‘Collect’ and return to the base game with your win intact.
However, if you win 100x the stake or more, you are simply given a choice between keeping your win or trading it in for 10 Free Spins. In this way, players outside the UK should be able to buy instant access to the Bonus Round for 100x the stake.