Santa's Great Gifts Review
As you can probably guess from the title, Santa's Great Gifts is a Christmas-themed slot game designed with festive merriment in mind. As soon as you launch the game, you'll be greeted with a typically Christmassy scene, with candy canes, presents, gingerbread men and Christmas tree baubles all making an appearance across the reels.
You'll also meet Santa standing to the right of the game board, jiggling up and down as you would expect. The background is also suitably festive, with snowy mountains and lots of pretty fir trees dotted around. And of course, you have some department-store Christmas music plodding along in the background. But if you thought this game was just a gimmick, then you'd be wrong.
The Santa's Great Gifts game is made by Pragmatic Play, who are known for their dynamic and unique slot games. And with cascading reels, a larger game board than a standard slot and tons of chances to make winning combinations using a stack of special features, Santa's Great Gifts is not just another Christmas slot.
When we opened this game, we weren't expecting much in the way of innovative design. And it's fair to say, Santa's Great Gifts doesn’t really stand out from any other Christmas slots on the market in terms of design.
Everything here is pretty much textbook, from the jolly Santa character and snowy backdrop to the typically Christmassy symbols. However, while we weren't bowled over by the visuals of this title, the gameplay is a lot more fast-paced and adaptable than we had expected.
As mentioned, this slot will win no prizes for originality. However, where this game stands out from many other festive-themed slots is its gameplay.
First off, you have a 6x5 grid, giving you 30 symbols in play in the base game. Secondly, when you enter the free spins round you play with a fresh set of new symbols and reels. Thirdly, this game has a lot more special features than you might notice at first glance. These include a great free spin round, where you collect presents to put in the Multiplier Meter, and which can lead to a seriously decent win.
We especially like the tumbling reels feature, which was made popular a few years ago by the NetEnt Gonzo's Quest. And although many slot titles use this feature nowadays, Santa's Great Gifts is a particularly good example of how cascading reels can really up the pace of a slot.
Tumbling reels also mean that you have a lot more chances to make winning combinations, as it is not necessary to find the same symbol on adjacent reels. Simply find 8 or more of the same symbol across the entire game board and you're on your way to making some great paylines.
Finally, with multipliers anywhere up to 100x, and a top prize of 5000x, Santa's Great Gifts has the potential to make this your best Christmas ever!
Santa's Great Gifts has tons of special features to help you reach for that huge 5,000x win. You can also activate the ante bet feature, whereby you bet 25% extra on each spin, but you hugely increase your chances of landing those Santa Scatter symbols that could lead to more multipliers and bigger prizes.
With all its special features combined, Santa's Great Gifts has some pretty decent winning potential. But do keep in mind that this game is highly volatile, meaning that you will have to wait around for some time before seeing a big win. That said, when that wind comes around, it should be more than a little generous.
The RTP of this game is 96.25%, which puts it slightly above the average of 96% for a slot game. But bear in mind that if you activate the ante bet feature, you'll find a very small drop in RTP of 0.02%, which still gives you an above-average of 96.23%.
Overall, we had a great time with Santa's Great Gifts. Reviewing a Christmas-themed slot outside of December is a little surreal, but given the fun and fast-paced gameplay, coupled with vibrant graphics and a very festive soundtrack, we couldn't help but feel a little bit merry while we played this slot.
While the theme is obvious and the animations largely forgettable, what lies behind this seemingly underwhelming slot is actually an energetic game with plenty of chances to win. And with a top prize of 5,000x, plus scatter, presents and tons of multipliers thrown in, you'll be hoping that you made Santa's ‘nice’ list this year!