Games Related to A Christmas Carol
The story A Christmas Carol is one of Charles Dickens' most celebrated works. It was first published back in 1843 and it tells the story of a miserly old man called Ebenezer Scrooge, who initially doesn't share in the Christmas spirit and who is visited by the ghost of his deceased business partner Jacob Marley, who warns him that unless he ends his miserly ways, he will be forced to wander the earth in heavy chains and carrying heavy money boxes.
After being visited by the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future, Scrooge wakes up from his ordeal on Christmas Day a changed man and he is now the embodiment of Christmas spirit.
It's a rather famous story that has been told and retold on many occasions and it is a perfect choice of a slot at Christmas as it has some striking features and symbols that instantly link the slot to the story. Betsoft have done precisely this and come up with a wonderful looking slot, that even comes complete with snow falling outside of Scrooge's bedroom window.
So how does this slot shape up? Let's take a closer look.
Where can I play the A Christmas Carol slot?
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However, that is not all as at the moment, if you sign up with Spartan Slots, you will get 25 Free Spins as a thank-you simply for joining without the need to make a deposit at all. This really is an outstanding offer and is certainly very unlike that you would get from a more Scrooge-like casino.
In terms of how the A Christmas Carol slot looks, Betsoft have done a fantastic job bringing the story to life. The game is set in Scrooges bedroom where he is, of course, visited by the four different ghosts over the course of the night. Scrooge himself is sat on the bed holding a candle, with a face like thunder and looking out at a rather attractive snowy Christmas scene with a clear sense of displeasure.
The reels are offset to the right of the screen and they are a 5x3 set with the main controls of the reel including the size of coin and bet per line selectors at the bottom. The sound on the slot is also excellent and really helps draw you into the story very nicely.
All in all, the slot certainly looks the part and delivers on all the key elements.
What's on the reels?
On the reels are five different lower value symbols which, somewhat disappointingly, are the playing card symbols from 10 through to the Ace. I would have liked to have seen more symbols related to the story or Christmas in here, but that isn't the case. Pay outs on these symbols range from 20 coins up to 600 coins, which is somewhat generous especially when compared to some other games.
The higher value symbols are all to do with Scrooge and the story itself. They are a bank sign, some presents, a pile of coins, a bell and Scrooge himself. You can win from 200 coins up to 4,000 coins when you land three or more of these symbols across one of the winning lines.
In addition to these ten symbols there are four other symbols on the reels, there are three different Scatter symbols (which we will learn more about later) but first let us learn a bit more about what the Wild symbol can do.
The Wild on the A Christmas Carol slot is the Turkey that Scrooge sends to Bob Cratchit and his family on Christmas Day when he is feeling more benevolent. It is a basic Wild in that it is used to replace any of the standard symbols outlined above to help create additional winning lines or it can also increase the value of winning lines and create multiple winning pay lines too.
There is no separate pay out on the slot for landing three or more of the Wilds across the reels.
Free Spins features
There are three different Scatter symbols on the reels and each of these relates to the three different ghosts of Christmas that visit Scrooge in the book. Each of the Scatters has its own associated Free Spins bonus game that can only be triggered by landing three or more of the same Scatter symbol on the reels. Combinations of different Scatter symbols will not launch the Free Spins rounds.
The first of the bonus features is the Christmas Past Free Spins and this is the more yellow colored of the symbols. Land three, four or five Scatters and you will trigger three, six or twelve Free Spins but the good news here is that each spin is guaranteed to be a winner and if you can land more Scatters during the bonus spins, then you will earn additional Free Spins too.
The second of the Free Spins bonus games is the Christmas Future Free Spins and this is the bluer colored of the Scatter symbols. Once again, three, four or five Scatters will launch three, six or twelve Free Spins and once again, you will be guaranteed a win on each of your Free Spins, plus you can also re-trigger the bonus.
The Christmas Present Scatter however is the green colored symbol and this offers a slightly different bonus to the other two. In this game, all the three Scatter symbols on the reels will become Wilds for the duration of your Free Spins. However, you are not guaranteed to win on every spin in this round, but with all the Scatters becoming Wild symbols, you do stand a much better chance of doing so than in the base game.
Other bonus features
There's no other bonus features built into the A Christmas Carol slot, but what you can do is for any base game win, you can use the Double Up button to try and increase the value of your win. This launches a simple Heads or Tails game where you can either double your winnings by correctly predicting the toss of a coin, or lose it if you guess incorrectly.
Best feature of the A Christmas Carol slot
I think the presentation of the A Christmas Carol slot is fantastic and Betsoft should be commended for producing such a lovely looking slot that is equally fun to play as it is to view on screen. In terms of the intrinsic features of the game though, I feel the three different Free Spins bonuses are the best feature of the slot, even though two of them are essentially exactly the same bonus, just triggered using a different Scatter symbol. The fact that these same bonus games can be re-triggered too is a bonus, but I think the better value wins come in the Christmas Present Wilds slot where all the Scatters are turned into Wilds, but the wins in this Free Spins bonus can be a lot more volatile.
What does the A Christmas Carol slot lack?
If I was going to improve the A Christmas Carol slot then I would certainly have added two other features to the game. The first thing I would have added would have been some form of randomly triggered feature in the base game to liven that up a little, especially when the game is playing tight and not letting you access the bonus features as readily. Secondly, I'd have also added a different type of bonus for one of the two Free Spins games that are essentially the same. Or I would have added a feature that distinguishes them from each other in some way, rather than just repeating the same feature for two Scatter symbols.
In terms of looks and style, Betsoft have ensured that A Christmas Carol is a fabulous slot to play. The game-play itself is also good fun in the main, although the base game can be a little tight at times with some of the lower value wins, but these are often accompanied by much larger value wins which makes this a more medium to lower variance slot. The Free Spins bonus games are a nice touch but why two are exactly the same I don't really understand and that adds little to the game. The Gamble Feature is useful for those very low base game wins which you can possibly gamble into more sizeable wins, but it is best left alone when you hit a decent value win.
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