It is the time of year when slot designers are getting into the festive spirit, none more so than Microgaming. This is one of the most popular Christmas themed slots to have ever been released and for a good reason. Gamers will enjoy its incredibly jaunty theme as well as its exciting gameplay and winning potential. This top of the range game is played on a classic five-reel board with 30 pay lines. To win combos, players must match the tinsel wrapped symbols in matching formations across the board from left to right. Bonus features for this game include a fantastic number of wilds features, free spins and a Jackpot (it is not progressive). Bets for this game range from 1p to £15 per spin. The maximum win available is genuinely unbelievable as it comes in the form of a 2,400,000x your stake win. Deck the Halls is a high volatility slot straight from the North Pole with a return to player of 95.38%.
Graphics and Theme
Deck the Halls is a feast for the eyes dominated by the green and red colour scheme, which puts us straight into the Christmas spirit. The background is a deep red curtain decorated with green tinsel that adorns the top of the reels and flanks its sides. Symbols are a wonderful collection of Christmas icons such as baubles, stockings over a fire and presents under the tree. Each look to have been hand-drawn with care and precision. The logo for the game is the wild and is depicted in the game as a wreath encircling the title “Deck The Halls”. The music and sound effects make the best of anticipation, creating classic slot effects and Christmassy music to back the entire affair. Throughout the game, pay lines are marked in multi-coloured lines from left to right to illustrate how you have won.
This game’s main bonuses revolve around the special Wild symbol and the free spins round. However, you can also generate big wins without these extras if you pay attention to the right symbols which can trigger all sorts of fantastic stake multiplying wins. The maximum payout combinations are explained below:
Deck the Halls Wild – 4000x line bet
Santa – 1000x line bet
Tree – 500x line bet
Fireplace – 400x line bet
Turkey – 300x line bet
Gifts – 200x line bet
Ice Crystal – 80x line bet
Reindeer – 70x line bet
Gold Baubles – 50x line bet
Lantern – 40x line bet
Pinecone – 30x line bet
To generate Wilds wins, you need to be on the lookout for the Deck the Halls Symbol. This Wild can substitute in for any other symbol apart from the scatter. When it does this, it can help you win combinations. This Wild feature is a little different; however, firstly all Wild wins are doubled in the Base Game. Secondly, these Wild symbols are stacked once you enter the Free Spins round and can multiply your Free Spin wins by 4x.
To activate the free spins round players need to keep an eye out for the Golden Bells scatter symbol. Landing 3, 4 or 5 of these anywhere on the reels will activate the Free Spins Feature. These Golden Bells also pay a multiplier of 2-100x your line bet if you can land two or more of them anywhere on the reels.
The Free Spins feature gives players ten free spins. As if Santa himself was dolling out more presents, your free spins round wins are also doubled. Also, in the free spins round, the Deck the Halls Wild symbol is stacked and multiplies your win by 4x. Free spins (quite generously of Microgaming) can also be retriggered if you land three or more Golden Bells Scatters during the feature.
Game How to Play
The Microgaming studio has made setting up and playing Deck the Halls simple. To start the game, you first need to place your bets. To do this, click on the “-” and “+” buttons underneath the coin to adjust your base denomination. The “Coins” button changes the number of coins on each line. To change the number of active pay lines, click on “Lines” and select from there. Lastly, you can begin to spin the wheels either by clicking the spin button or by setting up automatic spins.
Deck The Halls on Mobile
Deck The Halls can be played on all mobile platforms and is optimised for Apple and Android software.