Santa

Santa

  • Casino: Spartan Slots
  • Category: Free Spins
  • Title: Santa
  • Type: 5x3 Reels, 20 Pay Line, Bonus Game, Wilds, Free Spins, and Multiplier.
  • Genre: Christmas
  • Bonus: 25 Free Spins on Signup
  • Software: Pragmatic Play
  • Summary: Santa is a new and fun 5 reel, 20 pay line video slot from Pragmatic Play and it is live now Just in time for Christmas for you to claim some Free Spins!
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Have you ever wondered where the name Santa Claus comes from? Well in actual fact, the modern-day Santa Claus has derived from three different traditions. The first being Saint Nicholas, a fourth-century Greek bishop famed for giving gifts. His legend was adopted by the Dutch who changed the name slightly to Sinterklass (sometimes called Sinter Klass). This of course became anglicized to Santa Claus.

In British history, Santa Claus is also tied in with their legend of Father Christmas, who up until Victorian times, was more concerned with adults enjoying themselves and 'making merry' than bringing gifts. However, in the Victorian era, celebrations in Britain became more family-centered and thus Father Christmas, like Santa Claus, began to deliver gifts and thus Father Christmas/ Santa Claus became somewhat synonymous.

As the central figure for Christmas celebrations for many billions across the world, Santa is always busy around this time of the year and there's usually a raft of slots to enjoy about the Christmas festivities and this year Pragmatic Play have got straight to the point with the release of their Santa slot.

Let's take a look at the game's basic information.

Overview

  • Game: Santa
  • Developer: Pragmatic Play
  • Reels: 5
  • Pay Lines: 20 (non-selectable)
  • Minimum Bet: $0.20
  • Maximum Bet: $100
  • Jackpot: 250x
  • Free Spins Bonus: Yes
  • Other Bonuses: Yes
  • Progressive: No
  • Volatility: Low to Medium

Where can I play the Santa slot?

If you want to play the Santa slot this Christmas at a top-quality casino that offers you not just outstanding seasonal games, but also plenty of top quality entertainment throughout the year, including regular new releases, then Spartan Slots is the casino you should be signing up to right now.

As a new customer, you will receive a fantastic 25 Free Spins when you sign up, plus your first deposit will receive a massive 200% bonus which will triple the amount of money you have available to spend at a stroke.

That's not all however as on your next three deposits with Spartan Slots you will receive a double-your-money 100% bonus on each, giving you additional value and then on your fifth deposit, you receive a huge 175% bonus on top of your original spend.

With this offer being spread out over five separate deposits, this is a fantastic offer, especially for players who cannot front load their deposits too heavily and who often miss out on offers which are calculated on the first deposit only.

Add to this a fantastic selection of slot games from a host of top companies, regular promotions and offers available every week for all Spartan Slots customers and excellent support services and you have everything you need to enjoy top quality casino gaming for this Christmas and beyond at Spartan Slots.

Presentation

The presentation of the Santa slot is excellent with the backdrop of a snowy winter scene and snowflakes falling to the ground in front of a purple moon. The sound is also very Christmassy with a rather snazzy jazzed up version of Jingle Bells playing as you spin the reels. You cannot but help to be carried away by the Christmas spirit when you load the slot up.

The reels are centralized on the screen with the controls for the slot at the bottom of the screen including an Auto Play feature and also the ability to increase or decrease your total bet size and number of coins wagered by using the + and - buttons.

What's on the reels?

I was a little disappointed to look on the reels and see the usual playing card symbols, from the 10 through to the ace, displayed as the lower value symbols. With so many different items that could have been used for Christmas instead of these symbols, I do feel it is a little lazy to just add a bit of mistletoe or a bauble to each symbol and think that will do for the theme.

These lower value symbols offer smaller value pay outs ranging from a quarter of your total bet up to five times your total bet, which means the majority of wins with these symbols don't pay out as much as you wager.

There are four higher value symbols on the reels too and these add even more Christmas-feel. There is the Candy Cane, two bells, a reindeer with a red nose and a rather cheerful looking elf. Again, these offer prizes ranging from half your total stake per bet, up to 20 times your stake per bet. Plus, you can win very small amounts if you land two of the elf and reindeer symbols on the reels, although these wins are just a tenth of your total bet.

Wild features

The Wild symbol on the reels is of course the smiling cheery face of Santa himself and this symbol appears stacked on the second, third, fourth and fifth reels. It can replace any of the lower or higher value symbols listed above to help create additional winning pay lines or multiple winning lines on a single spin.

The fact that the symbol is stacked on the reels also means that it is possible to land several on a single reel and then combine that with other Stacked Wilds to land some of the much bigger wins available in the base game, this comes when you land multiple Stacked Wilds across the middle reels in particular, especially with some of the higher value symbols occupying spaces on the first reel.

Free Spins features

The Free Spins bonus round is activated when you land three of the Christmas Tree Scatter symbols anywhere across the middle three reels on the same spin. When you land this, you are awarded a total of six free spins, which are played on slightly different reels.

During Free Spins, the reels will start to spin and any of the second, third, fourth or fifth reels can become completely covered by Wild symbols. Between one and four of the reels on any spin can be turned completely Wild and obviously the more reels that turn Wild, then the better your chances of landing a better value win.

Your wins over the six free spins are added together to give you your final win and once the Free Spins are completed, the game returns to the base game as you cannot re-trigger the bonus.

Other bonus features

The other Bonus feature is triggered by the Golden Christmas Present Bonus symbol, which appears on the first, third and fifth reels. When you land three of these symbols on a single spin then the bonus game will trigger.

In this bonus game, you will see a total of 12 gifts on the screen. You can select a gift to open to reveal a cash prize and you can keep winning these cash prizes until you land a Jackpot symbol. Land this symbol and the bonus game ends and you are paid the total of all your cash prize wins plus the jackpot won as your total prize.

There is a total of four Jackpot prizes you can win in this bonus round, Mini (10x your total bet), Minor (25x your total bet), Major (50x your total bet) and Grand (250x your total bet).

Best feature of the Santa slot

There's lots of things that I like about the Santa slot from Pragmatic Play. I like it's simplicity and Christmas-themed presentation which they have captured very well. The bonus features are well thought out and have a level of depth which means they are playable and enjoyable and I like the fact that it isn't too difficult to trigger them either, especially the Free Spins bonus game although the Christmas Present Bonus is more difficult to unlock.

For me the best feature of the slot however is the Wild Santa's and the fact that they are stacked on the reels in the base game and also feature as the key element in the Free Spins round. Without them, this would be a much poorer game (and also be considerably higher variance too) but with them it is possible to win decent amounts in the base game, as well as when you trigger either of the key bonus features.

What does the Santa slot lack?

The one thing I feel the Santa slot lacks as it stands is a decent multiplier pay out. I would have liked to have seen some additional bonus when you land a win with the Stacked Santa's or perhaps a randomly triggered base game bonus that offers a multiplier win of some form as I felt that would have made some of those very small wins more useful to players and added a bit of extra play value to the slot.

Conclusion

I think Pragmatic Play have done a very good job with the Santa slot. In terms of presentation, the slot is very nicely done and the fact it is a low to medium variance game means that it has a nice mix of wins from very low wins, but also some higher value wins which can keep your balance topped up nicely. The different bonus games also add a level of complexity to the slot which keeps you keen to play to trigger the features.

I feel the Free Spins bonus and the Stacked Wilds are great additions, but the Christmas Present bonus feature is somewhat tricky to land and you need to be patient to hit this bonus, but when you do some stellar wins are possible, especially if you can land that Grand Jackpot prize.

Ratings

  • Presentation: 16 / 20 - The presentation of the slot is superb with crystal clear graphics on the reels, a lovely snowy backdrop behind them and a rather jazzy version of Jingle Bells playing as you spin the reels. Add a smattering of Christmas-themed sound effects and some lovely bonus games and you have a slot that presents Christmas and Santa in a very player-friendly way.
  • Game-Play: 14 / 20 - The game-play on the Santa slot is based on fun and enjoyment and that is clearly present as you play. Santa's jovial 'Ho Ho' when you land him on the reels adds a nice touch and with regular wins of varying sizes, this is a slot which does reward players often. The fact that the Free Spins bonus triggers often too also helps. However I do feel that a few more multiplier bonus features would have enhanced the game, especially during the base game.
  • Bonus Features: 15 / 20 - The two main bonus features of the slot are excellent and the Free Spins bonus in particular isn't difficult to trigger, but does offer somewhat varying levels of pay out when you play. The Christmas Present bonus is harder to land but its rewards tend to be of a higher value when landed and between them and the Stacked Santa Wilds in the base game, they offer players a nice mix of features.
  • Entertainment Factor: 15 / 20 - With a very festive tune playing as you spin the reels and all the Christmas symbols you recognize on the reels, this is a very enjoyable slot to play. The key element to that is the Stacked Wild Santa's who appear in the base game and in Free Spins to great effect and keep the game very entertaining.
  • Play Value: 14 / 20 - Over the short term, the Santa slot is somewhat more volatile than over the longer term. As such, this is a game which is best enjoyed over longer sessions when you have a better chance at higher value wins to boost up your bankroll. In shorter sessions, triggering bonuses becomes tougher but played over a longer period, this is a lower to medium variance game which does offer fair rewards to its players.
  • Overall 74 / 100 - Santa is a very enjoyable slot to play that has some nice features and is rewarding enough to keep both low and medium variance slots fans happy. The Christmas Present bonus feature is tough to trigger but patience is rewarded and you can trigger the Free Spins bonus more easily. A nice mix of wins means that this is certainly a slot to play over the Christmas period but perhaps will feel a little out of season when you load it up in mid-June.

Good Luck!

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