Game Review: Santa Strikes Back
Game Type: Online Slots
Software Type: Real Time Gaming
It’s not yet Christmas, but everyone is already thrilled to open their presents, light some candles, and sing holiday carols because of this unique Real Time Gaming offering that centers on the holiday season everyone surely loves. What’s more interesting is the fact that players can relive their childhood fantasies on meeting that special man who goes climbing on top of the chimney to sneak in a present or two. Santa Strikes Back is just that and more. It is a progressive five-reel, 25-payline video slot that comes with a wild symbol, scatter symbol, free spins, and multipliers. Its maximum cash jackpot is a whopping $10,000. Its betting range starts from $0.25 and can go up to $125. On the other hand, its coin bet range is from $0.01 up to $5.
As expected, Santa Strikes Back features the famous workshop for Santa’s elves, where all the present are beautifully crafted. However, a big twist is out to surprise everybody, since in this game, our dear Santa is to battle against his elves, his reindeer, and even his facilities and equipment; the comical twist that will surely make everyone crave for more. The symbols players should watch out for on the reels include: three Santas, Rudolph, elves, Mrs. Claus, and several presents. Some of these icons are even animated to the delight of players who want some real action while enjoying the game.
The Display and Gaming Appearance
The background image of the game is the vast snowy lands of the North Pole. Noticeable silhouettes of elves are present, and they appear as though they are on the lookout for Santa. The configuration is very standard, following the conventional arrangement of elements in any other RTG video slot. On top are three display fields: Balance, Bet, and Win, with the addition of a fourth one, Jackpot. The title of the game is found below Bet and Win. The colorful pay lines are then presented on both ends in a linear fashion. The gaming controls are situated at the foot of the gaming window; they are: AutoPlay, Bet, and Spin.
The Gameplay Features
The wild symbol in the game is the sword yielding Santa. The icon has the capacity to replace other symbols except for the scatters. This symbol triggers the revenge feature which refers to the 7 free spins a player is entitled to upon unlocking. However, these spins only have single multipliers. The said feature can be triggered all over again of up to 19 times. Meanwhile, the scatter symbol for Santa Strikes Back is the more interesting feat. For one thing, instead of just having one, there are two scatter icons to look out for: the victorious Santa and the victorious Rudolph. When both appear on the reels they go on a head-to-head match, which results to players winning the prize for a certain round. Now, that’s more like it.
Additional Features and Betting Options
The buttons of the game appear like Christmas crackers, giving a more festive look to the entire package. But that is not what gives this game an undeniable edge over other video slots; it is actually the fact that it has a progressive jackpot. This means that an equal opportunity is given to all the players in winning the jackpot. Betting range starts from $0.01 and can go up to $125, and it basically depends on the players whether they stretch to meet the maximum, but why would anyone actually go there, if they can win the same jackpot prize using smaller wagers, right?