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Santa’s Wild Ride Slot Review

I think if I had to fly around the world on Christmas Day delivering presents, it’d be a wild ride. Here’s another Christmas themed game from Microgaming who deliver us with presents every time they release another successful slot game. Watch out for Santa though because he seems to have swapped his sleigh for a motorbike.

This offering has a total of five reels, three rows of symbols and 243 ways of winning. There are so many because it’s possible to get wins with matching symbols on adjacent reels. Playing the game costs between £0.30 and £30.

The background to the reels has a snowy scene which always looks a great sight. The soundtrack is suitably Christmassy and won’t have you reaching for the mute button unlike a few seasonal hits I can think of (who said The Cheeky Girls?).

The symbols are great fun in this game and there’s not a playing card in sight. We get a motorbike, a North Pole sign, Santa on his motorbike, an elf that has a drill and Santa’s female assistant who is not going to please Mrs Santa one little bit. There’s some food too with a delicious looking mince pie, a calorie-filled sandwich, some cakes and a Christmas pudding.

The Santa’s Wild Ride symbol is the wild in this game. Now the wild symbol is always a useful one but it’s even better in this game. That’s because when it helps form part of a winning combination it can multiply your win by either 2x, 3x or 4x. It can’t substitute for the scatter symbol which are the keys for Santa’s motorbike. Five of the wild symbols pays an 800x multiplier on your stake.

Make sure you look through the paytable to find out more about the game and its rules. Then have some free games to see the game in action.

Bonus Games

A free gift is never anything to moan about even if it’s a horrible looking sweater or yet more soap. Well, Santa is here to give you some free gifts and these appear on the second and fourth reels but only in the base game. Even better the bonuses are cash prizes not that CD you were given last Christmas that you’d already got.

There’s some big prizes up for grabs in the Free Spins round. If you can get three or more of the key scatter symbols anywhere on the reels you get 25 free spins. Once that’ s achieved you have a choice of bonuses.

You can either have each reel full of stacked wilds, an expanding wild on the reels or a Trailing Wild which sees wild symbols randomly added to the reels before each of your free spins. The latter is definitely the one go for as it guarantees you starting each spin with wilds. If you do want to go for one of the others, then plump for the stacked wilds. With such bonuses as those it’s no surprise that you can’t re-trigger the free spins.

Conclusion

A great Christmas game from Microgaming. The idea of Santa on a motorbike is a fantastic one and the bonus features really give you great chances of getting big wins.