If you weren’t feeling in the Christmas mood so far this year, this festive slot game will have you reaching out for the tinsel and standing under the holly in no time. Based on Charles Dicken’s classic novella – ‘A Christmas Carol’, Holiday Spirits has players meet Ebenezer Scrooge and all the wonderful characters from the well-loved book, as you progress through the game looking for big prizes. To represent the three ghosts that Scrooge is visited by, the game designed by Play ‘N’ Go, even takes place on an unusual 3-reel, 3- row, five pay line grid. There are plenty of bonus features to get excited by too. These include re-spins and a variety of multipliers up to 20x. Bets for this game range between 10p and £100 per spin. The max payout a player can hope for is a massive 1,600x their stake. Holiday Spirits is a medium volatility game directly from snowy London with a return to player percentage of 96.54%.
Graphics and Theme
Play ‘N’ Go present a well finished and high spec theme in Holiday Spirits. The background for this jolly slot game is the inviting front room of presumably Scrooge – post-transformation. To the left is a Christmas tree decorated with baubles and to the right a roaring fire in the hearth. Symbols are suitably Christmassy, with stockings, snow globes and candy canes, all making an appearance. The more important symbol, however, is the Scrooge wild. The Jacob Marley character is another one of the wilds and is quite spookily brought to life when he helps you win a special feature. The board itself looks like it has been made from some richly coloured wood and styled like a beautifully finished piece of antique furniture. The music is an undeniably merry tune that you can imagine one of the many film adaptions using as an establishing anthem.
There are three main bonus features to keep your eye on for this most gleeful of slot games. Each one revolves around the generosity of the Ebenezer Scrooge character, who very much like at the end of the book, is now feeling very generous indeed.
In terms of symbols, players should mainly be on the lookout for the Scrooge symbol, represented as an image of the man himself sporting fashionable mutton chops. It can be helpful in forming lower value wins. It also can cover the reels in all positions by itself. If this should happen, players will benefit from a 16x the stake per line bonus.
This game helpfully also uses stacked symbols for both wilds and regular symbols, which gives you an advantage in trying to create wins.
The first and most reoccurring feature is the Ebenezer Clock bonus. Located at the top of the reels, there is a clock, no doubt to represent Scrooge’s past present and future. At any random moment within the base game or in the Win Spins feature, it may come to life. When it does so, a multiplier of x2, x3, x4, x5, or x10 is applied to any win that you may have when it is still active.
Additionally in play is Ebenezer’s gift bonus, this is again a feature which can be triggered on any spin, but the clock has to be active. When activated, it doubles any multiplier already in play courtesy of the clock feature, giving players the ability to get up to 20x the stake multiplier.
Lastly and perhaps most exciting, is the Wins Spins feature. Unusually for slot games this feature is not triggered through the collection of any symbol or scatter cumulatively, but instead, you must land two full stacks of the same symbol with a multiplier active, but you don’t create a winning combination. If this happens, the stacked symbols are stuck in place, and players will be given one of the following re-spin features.
Win Spins of Christmas Future feature – You can trigger this type of spins feature by having a 2x multiplier active when you triggered the feature. Re-spins will follow until a new winning combination is formed. The multiplier grows to 3x, 4x, 5x or 10x on each successive winless re-spin until players land a winning combination.
Win Spins of Christmas Present feature – Players will trigger this type of re-spin if there is a 3x, 4x or 5x multiplier active on the triggering spin. As with the first feature, the stacked symbols are locked, and the reel which does not have the symbols on will spin. With this feature, the multiplier from the triggering spin is in play.
Win Spins of Christmas Past feature – This is the best variation of this feature if you win quick as multipliers start at 10x and then decrease to 5x, 4x, 3x and 2x with each successive winless re-spin. However, with these spins, you are guaranteed a win on your last re-spin.
Game How to Play
Setting up and playing Holiday Spirits is simple enough. From the menu items at the bottom, you can click the “I” button which will bring up the paytable as well as other useful information on the rules and how to operate the game. Included in the menu is a control which lets you vary the size of your wager per spin. Once you have these criteria set, including upper- and lower-win limits, players are free to spin the reels using the manual spin button or with the use of automatic spins.
Holiday Spirits on Mobile
Holiday Spirits can be played on all mobile platforms and is optimised for Apple and Android software.