The weather outside might be frightful, but Kerching’s catalogue of Xmas slots is delightful! To save you the hassle of finding which is best, Malcolm and Lucky have got their top five in one handy little guide. So, if you’re in the festive spirit, read on to find out which Christmas slot game you’ll be playing over the holidays.
Malcolm and Lucky’s Best Christmas Slots
L: It’s Christmas!
M: Well not yet Lucky, but it’s good to see you so excited.
L: I can’t wait Malc, can we not just open the presents now?
M: No, my canine companion, we can’t. I do have another treat for you though; a bunch of the best Christmas slots to get us in the mood.
L: Yes Malc! What are we looking at first?
M: As you know Lucky, I am a big fan of Christmas carols, so I thought I’d start us off with Jingle Bells slots!
L: Tell me more lad.
M: Alright, so Jingle Bells is obviously centred around the holiday we all love so much. It’s a 5 reel, 20 payline game with loads of bonus features and free spins to be won.
L: Sounds tasty, what are the features then?
M: First off, there are four mini bonuses that can be triggered by an animated Santa on the screen. The first is Raining Wilds, this feature will cause Christmas presents to descend onto the reels, turning some of the symbols into wilds. After that is Winning Reels feature which will remove all low-value symbols from the reels meaning your next spin will only contain high-value combinations. Then we have Mega Wil where a massive 3x3 wild will cover the reels, which increases your chance of landing winning combos. The last is the Christmas Tree feature, where Santa appears and shakes the Christmas tree at the side of the reels. This will reveal a 20x multiplier which will be applied to your win.
L: Wow, that’s pretty generous, what are the main ones then?
M: There are two big bonuses Lucky. The first is Santa’s Bonus which you’ll have to land three sleigh bonus symbols to trigger. You’ll be taken to mini-game set on a mountain trail where you’ll have to pick presents as you move your way up. The higher you get, the better the prizes and, if you get to the top, you could win payout of 800x your stake!
L: I almost don’t want another bonus now Malc! But I’ll ask anyway.
M: The last one is the Free Spins feature. You’ll have to pick one of Santa’s sacks out of a choice of three. This will contain a number of free spins up to 20 with all the mini features in play for all of them. What’s more, this can be retriggered, so the potential winnings could be huge.
L: Sounds like you’re a fan of this one Malc.
M: I am Lucky. Not only does Jingle Bells have all these great bonuses, but it’s also a beautiful looking slot. The animations are on point and the soundtrack invokes a real festive cheer. We’ve still got four more to go through Lucky, so let’s crack on.
L: Another jingle Malc?
M: Aye Lucky and this one’s just as good as the last. Jingle Spin is a 5 reel, 20 payline slot full of festive fun. Again, there are four bonus features here and you can win free spins, cash prizes and neat little wilds feature.
L: Is Santa in this one too?
M: He is Malc and he can make a difference to your game here too. He’s in control of what Jingle Spin calls the Christmas Bauble Wheel. Santa’s spins the wheel as you spin the reels, causing one of four baubles to land on them. With every spin, it moves one place to the left and if you land a wild under it on any of the reels, you’ll trigger that baubles effect.
L: Ace Malc, what are the effects?
M: I’m glad you asked Lucky, they are; Spreading Wild were the wild under this bauble will become a spreading wild. This means that all adjacent and diagonal symbols turn into extra wilds. Free Spins, when this bauble is activated, you will be awarded between 7 to 50 free spins. The exact number will be shown in the bauble itself. The next is the Coin Win feature. A Wild lands under the coin amount, you will win the number on that coin and could potentially get a payout of 125x your stake. Finally you have the Surprise Bonus. If a wild lands under this one, you will be granted one of the three other bonuses randomly.
L: Lovely stuff, is there anything else they should know?
M: Again, Jingle Spin is a very pretty slot game. The symbols are wonderfully detailed and the wheel animation with Santa is a nice way to introduce the Bonus features. You probably won’t be getting big lumps wins in this one, a rather healthy supply of smaller ones that can add up to a big payout.
M: Our next slot combines a staple of online slots with a Christmas theme. Leprechaun Carol is a 5 reel, 20 payline slot with plenty of bonus features to sink your teeth into Lucky.
L: Hey, that was a one-off incident Malc!
M: Alright lad clam down. Do you want to hear about the special features?
L: Yes, go on then.
M: Ok, to start there are three modifiers that can be applied to your gameplay randomly during any spin. To start we have Raining Wilds, where during any spin, wilds will randomly descend onto the reels. Any new winning combinations will be calculated and added to your payout. Second is Pick a Fiddle, in which Five fiddles will be shown on screen, with cash prizes hidden behind them. Pick one and you will win whatever prize it was hiding. The last of these is the Giant Symbol feature where a huge 3x3 symbol will be placed onto the reels randomly.
L: They’re not bad are they Malc? Any more for any more?
M: Yes Lucky, Leprechaun Carol also includes three more features that can be unlocked by landing scatter symbols on reels 1, 3 and 5. They all revolve around free spins with modifiers placed on them. The first is the Free Spins Picker; You will be awarded 20 free spins with a 2x multiplier applied and a mini-game will start where you must pick mushrooms from a snowy field. Choose the right ones and you could win more free spins, higher multipliers or turn a standard symbol into a wild for all the free spins. Next up is Coin Collector; You’ll be granted 15 free spins with a 2x multiplier applied. The scatter symbol will be replaced by a coin symbol, which you can collect five of to win more free spins and increase the multiplier up to 6x. Finally we have the Giant Symbol where you will receive 3 free spins. The first will have a giant 3x3 symbol applied to the reels on 3,4 and 5, the second will see it land on reels 2, 3 and 4 and the final spin will see the symbol descend on reels 1, 2 and 3.
L: That’s a lot of free spins! Any more important nuggets we need to know?
M: Only that the in-game visuals are stellar and all the animations run smoothly and never slow the gameplay down. This is a great game if you enjoy a lot of variety in your slot features.
Secrets of Christmas
L: The penultimate game Malc, let’s hope it’s a goodun!
M: I can assure you Lucky it is. Secrets of Christmas is another five-reel slot, with 25 paylines and a big focus on giving the player free spins.
L: I do love a free spin, what juicy little extras do you get with these ones?
M: Well first you have to trigger them by landing 3 or more scatter symbols anywhere on the reels. After this, you’ll receive ten free spins but before they begin, you’ll be given the chance to choose one of 20 Christmas gifts. The number of picks you get depends on how many scatter symbols you landed. The prizes up for offer include more free spins between 2-10, multipliers of 1x or 2x, stacked wilds that cover reels 2 and/or 4 and the chance to turn up to two standard symbols into wilds.
L: There’s quite a lot of feature combinations you can get!
M: Exactly Lucky, with so much variety the potential bonus to your winnings could be huge. What’s great about this one is that, because of the heavy free spins focus, you’ll get plenty of opportunities to experience all of them!
Taco Brothers Saving Christmas
L: Have you saved the best till last Malc?
M: Potentially Lucky, it’s certainly the zaniest of the picks! Taco Brothers Saving Christmas is a spin-off of the popular slot series of the same name. It’s a 5 reel, 243 payline slot with the same great gameplay from the original Taco Brothers.
L: Can you give those of us who haven’t played that game a little refresher on the mechanics?
M: Sure thing pal. First off there’s the Taco Brothers Respin feature, which you can trigger by landing the wild symbol on reels 2 and 4. This will give you an easier chance to land three of the Safe symbols on reels 1, 3 and 5, which can then be sued to trigger the Wilds Escape Bonus Game.
L: What does that do Malc lad?
M: A bomb will explode onto the reels revealing a multiplier of 1x, 2x or 3x and a new reel set. The brother's symbols will then descend one after the other onto reel 5 and act as running wilds. They will then travel across the reels, substituting for any other symbols apart from the Senorita or Captain Diaz ones. These play a part as well since the Captain can lock away the brothers, ending the round in the process, and the Senorita can free them which can result in more free spins.
L: That’s certainly a spicy bonus my friend! It looks alright too, doesn’t it?
M: It sure does, with the style being a little more comical than the other entries on this list. What’s more, it’s essentially just an upgraded version of a really popular slot anyway, so you already know it’s good!
L: I might have to go give it a try mate. I’m a little pooped out after reviewing so many slots in one go!
M: So am I Lucky. Let’s go enjoy the holiday's pal. And to all our wonderful members reading this, thanks for spending the year with Kerching and, of course, Merry Christmas!