Santa’s workshop is full to the brim with exciting presents and valuable toys. However, it is also one of the most well-protected places on earth. Even so, someone is trying to pull off the heist of the century in this Christmas themed slot. Mission Impossible meets Elf in this innovative combination of genres, making a novel experience for the gamer. Take Santa’s Shop is played on a 5-reel, 4-row board with 75 pay lines and comes to us from the creatives at BetSoft. In order to win combos, players must match the snowy symbols in matching formations across the board from left to right. Bonus features include Ornament Bombs (a special bonus unique to this game) and Free Spins with Santa’s sleigh. Bets for this game range from 20p to £20. The maximum win is 359x your stake. Take Santa’s Shop is a medium volatility game from the chilly North Pole with a return to player percentage of 96.08%.
Graphics and Theme
As mentioned, this slot combines two very different themes in an exciting mix of Christmas wonderment and heist movie tension. Symbols take the forms of gingerbread men, rocking horses, candy canes and jingling bells, all symbols that inspire a merry atmosphere. Players should be on the lookout for the Wild symbol, especially, which is depicted as the word ‘Wild’ resting on a snowbank. The background for Take Santa’s shop is a snowy scene with Santa’s workshop taking up the left-hand side of the screen. The detail from the icicles on the lintels to the tinsel covered ‘A’ frame are superb. The board has even been made to look like the snow-covered windows the Elves might look out from at Santa’s workshop. The music is an intriguing hybrid of tense heist music and Christmas bells – marrying the two disparate themes rather well.
The first thing that players should know before playing this game in terms of bonuses is that it is a special progression game played in sets of 10 spins. In the bottom right-hand corner of your screen, there is what looks like a Christmas bauble that has been adapted to take on the characteristics of a cartoon bomb with a string fuse. On this ornament, there is a countdown number. With every spin, the countdown decreases by one. Throughout play, for every time that the Robber symbol appears on the reels, one of these ornament bombs becomes fixed to the reel position where the Robber is. When the countdown reaches 0, all the bombs which have been deposited within the ten-spin period will be triggered and explode. Every position across the reels that has an exploding bomb on it will then be transformed into a wild, helping to enhance the chances of generating wins. When the next round of 10 spins starts, all the wilds generated from the previous ten are cleared, and the counter refills to ten.
If players manage to land 3 Santa’s sleigh bonus symbols, this will activate the Free Spins feature. For this, players are awarded 15 free spins. Throughout the free spins, the ornament bomb countdown is paused. Also, during the Free Spins, 5, 7 or 10 Wild symbols are added to the reels, enhancing the win potential for each free spin. With every spin, the Wilds will move places.
If you can’t wait for the Free Spins feature to be triggered naturally, it is possible to buy the feature. To do this, you must select the Buy Feature button. This will award players with the 15 Free spins and a selection of wilds options. To buy the feature with five wilds costs 27x your stake. For seven wilds it is 50x, and for ten wilds it is 95x.
Game How to Play
BetSoft makes setting up and playing Take Santa’s Shop easy with a range of betting options provided along the bottom of the screen. Using this menu, players can set the bet per spin and win and loss limits. Once these parameters are set, players may spin the reels. This can be done either by using the manual spin button or by setting up automatic spins. To win, players must match symbols across pay lines from left to right.
Take Santa’s Shop on Mobile
Take Santa’s Shop can be played on all mobile platforms and is optimised for Apple and Android software.