Jingle Bells Bonanza

by NetEnt

Jingle all the way to a 4,186x win in Jingle Bells Bonanza from NetEnt. This simple-looking slot is a little deceptive and has quite a few Christmassy treats hidden up its sleeve with Wild symbols, multipliers, respins and modifiers ready to make this holiday season extra special for some lucky players.

Slot information

RTP: 94.11%
Volatility: Medium
Max Payout: 4,186x stake
Reels: 5
Paylines: 20
Jackpot: No
Min Bet: 0.10
Max Bet: 200.00
Theme: Christmas
Release Date: 30th Nov 2023

Our rating

“ Ho-ho-hopefully you’ll unwrap 4,186x! ”

3.9 out of 5

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Design
Gameplay
Win potential

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Jingle Bells Bonanza Screenshots

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Jingle Bells Bonanza Features

This might sound harsh, but on paper, this game is a mess! It reads like an Ikea instruction manual but it really isn't all that complicated. In its broadest sense, you have a 5x3 set of reels with 20 paylines on which to land a prize. There are five Royal symbols which, at a stretch, can get you 5x for a group of five Aces. After that, come the five Picture symbols with the little red teddy bear producing a 50x prize for five-of-a-kind.

Wild symbols are also available but these require Bell symbols to pay the reels a visit first. The bells will do two things and the first is to leave behind a frame. Its next job is to add an extra notch to the Cash Drop Progress Meter.

Any Bell symbols that land below a frame will add a multiplier to that frame. When a Scatter symbol lands, the frames are converted into Wild symbols and can help to create a winning combo. If they previously had a multiplier applied, this will also be included in any potential win.

A Scatter symbol landing on reel one and reel five will trigger the Cash Drop game, and there’s a lot more to this feature than meets the eye.

Bonus Feature

You can enter the feature on several different levels with the most basic and understandable being the regular Cash Drop Bonus. This regular version, like all the other levels of this game, is a three-life respin game. Land a cash value and your lives are replenished.

Depending on how far along the progress meter was when you triggered the bonus, you may receive added extras and thus bring about the Big, Super, Mega and Ultimate levels. You get one extra gift for the Big level, two for the Super level and so on. 

So, what are these gifts I hear you cry! Your wins could be doubled at the end of the Bonus, the progress meter may be increased, the rows might expand or a Golden Cash Drop symbol could arrive.

And what in the name of Santa's sack is a Golden Cash Drop symbol? This is a good question and the answer is threefold—well, fourfold if you include the multiplier. Beyond an automatic 20x multiplier added to your wins, you can also see a ‘+’ symbol, a single arrow symbol and a four-arrow symbol. The ‘+’ symbol will increase any locked wins by up to 10x, the arrow symbols are collectors. A single arrow collects cash values and adds them to its own in one direction. Four arrows get you the same benefit but in four directions.

Jingle Bells Bonanza - Bells & Frames

Bells & Frames

Bells land and increase the Cash Drop Meter and also leave behind a frame. If another bell lands below it, a multiplier is added to the frame. A Scatter symbol will convert these frames into Wilds and apply any multipliers to available wins.

Jingle Bells Bonanza - Cash Drop Progress Meter

Cash Drop Progress Meter

For every 15 bells that land, another section on the meter is filled. There are 4 sections and each one will reveal an extra Progress Prize when the Cash Drop feature is triggered. You could receive a 2x multiplier for the win total, meter increase, expanded rows or a Golden Cash Drop symbol.

Jingle Bells Bonanza - Golden Cash Drop symbol

Golden Cash Drop symbol

When this lands, it brings a multiplier of up to 20x and 1 of 3 signs. The ‘+’ sign increases locked wins by up to 10x, 1 arrow collects cash values in that direction and 4 arrows collect in 4 directions.

Jingle Bells Bonanza - Cash Drop

Cash Drop

This feature comes as a regular feature or you can advance to Big, Super, Mega and Ultimate levels, depending on how far along the Progress Meter you are at the time. It’s a Respin Bonus that renews your 3 lives each time a cash symbol lands.

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Jingle Bells Bonanza Review

I'm always a little sceptical when I hear the word ‘Bonanza’ in the title of any slot creation as it rarely lives up to its name. However, the sheer number of modifiers in this game do indeed add up to a bonanza with a dash of excitement during the base game and a full-on onslaught of added extras throughout the Bonus game.

Design

Santa and his helpers are busy delivering presents and the poor little elves are clinging onto this sleigh for dear life. The reels are set into the front of the magical present-giving contraption and you get some nice animated touches as you fly through the clouds with a few of the presents being lost out the back of the sleigh. The festive soundtrack won't fail to put you in a good mood as sleigh bells jingle while you spin those reels.

Gameplay

You could argue that straightforward Wild symbols would have been more beneficial to players during the Base game but then you wouldn't have the extra emphasis on those frames and the game could have felt like any other. As it is, they double up to help increase the progress meter and also increase the fun at the same time. Undoubtedly, the biggest wins and biggest smiles come with the Cash Drop Bonus but don't think that this game is all about the features. It's a light-hearted and enjoyable journey from start to finish.

Win Potential

The top win of 4,186x is not the biggest recorded max payout in slots history but it could be a fantastic present at an expensive time of year. I imagine that the Golden Cash Drop symbol will play a large part in getting anywhere close to this figure, so this means some essential bonus feature action is necessary. The RTP is disputed, depending on the where you source your information, but the game itself states that 94.11% RTP is the maximum. The official volatility rating is medium.

My Verdict

If you aren't fully in the Yuletide spirit this year, then Jingle Bells Bonanza may struggle to create enough Christmas cheer to get your sleigh moving. Personally, I loved it and I thought there were many interesting elements coming together to produce an exciting adventure that is worthy of a few festive spins.

Paul Clare
Reviewed by Paul Clare Last updated:

Paul spent plenty of time in arcades up and down the UK discovering all of the best fruit machines and watching them grow into the incredible online slots we see today. He still loves the basic format but also has a soft spot for games with big bonus rounds that progress as you play. Immortal Romance is one of his favourite slots of all time.

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