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Christmas time will usually see the release of a wealth of festive slot machines, and 2016′s batch looks to be one of the best in recent memory.
Holiday Season’s reels are filled with champagne, presents, and Christmas turkey, but it’s the fantastic winning opportunities that are sure to ignite your festive spirit.
This ten line machine from Play’N Go pairs modern graphics with classic slot mechanics, which work together to create an exciting game that deserves to be played all year round, long after the Christmas tree has been returned to the attic.
What We Love
It’s not a certainty by any means, but the fewer pay lines a game has the larger the wins on offer tend to be. Despite this, slot developers seem convinced that more pay lines mean more fun these days, and new nine and ten line machines are becoming something of an endangered species as a result.
With a maximum jackpot of 500,000 coins – equivalent to 10,000x your total stake – Holiday Season is a perfect example of why 243-ways to win isn’t always a good thing.
The “Win Spins” bonus round is an absolute masterstroke from Play’N Go, a fantastic and fresh idea that should have been thought of a long time ago! Whenever you hit three or more scatter symbols the game will reward you with five free spins.
That might not sound like much, but every scatter that lands on the reels during this mode will extend your feature by an additional two spins. Most importantly, every one of these free spins will result in a win!
The game does this by removing all of the losing combinations from the results pool, essentially barring the Random Number Generator from selecting a losing spin for the duration of the bonus round.
This causes the scatters, wilds, and other high-value symbols to appear much more often than during regular play, causing frequent retriggers, and it isn’t unusual to end up receiving close to the maximum of twenty win spins before your feature completes.
What We Do Not Like
As a seasonal release, it’s perhaps no surprise that Play’N Go chose to repurpose one of their existing slots – in this case, “Pimped” – rather than investing time and money to develop a brand new game.
Clones and rebranded slots have been flooding the online casino industry recently, and many players are becoming increasingly cheesed off at being fed an endless stream of low-budget remakes as opposed to original new releases – perhaps understandably so.
Despite this, “Pimped” is still a relatively unknown machine and so Holiday Season is unlikely to be recognised as a clone by a large number of gamers.
This is an excellent release that is sure to appeal to a wide range of slots fans, and particularly experienced gamers who have a passion for nine and ten line machines.
The win spins feature is both exciting and innovative and is therefore certain to be copied and used by other slots developers in the future. If you haven’t tried Play’N Go slots yet, this is a great place to start.