Santa Surprise is a Christmas slot from Playtech with a high RTP (return to player), two bonus games, and a whole lot more to love! Our review team were surprised with how modern the gameplay is considering the classic look of the game.
The background of Santa Surprise couldn’t be simpler, it’s red with snowflakes and what appear to be bubbles., The reels themselves don’t have much more going on, although the filler playing card symbols are tweaked to be Christmas themed, which is a nice touch.
Players can spin the reels of this real-money slot manually or do so using the autoplay feature, which offers 10, 25, 50, or 99 spins, this mechanic stops if either feature is triggered.
With 20 fixed payline and an RTP of over 97%, this five-reel, low to medium variance slot game from Playtech tends to pay out fairly frequently in the base game, which is a pretty nice gift!
High rollers may not enjoy the game much, with the high end of the betting range at $20, but low rollers should be happy with the $0.20 minimum bet per spin.
The big wins on this slot are to be found in the free spins feature and bonus game, more on those below.
There are eight base game symbols to be found when playing Playtech’s Santa Secret, two of which (the bell and the stocking) payout for two of a kind (2x stake in both cases) as well as for three or more matching symbols on a payline, all other standard symbols payout for three, four, or five. The bell is the highest paying here (2x stake for two on a payline, 40x stake for three, 150x stake for four, and 500x stake for five). Even the lower value symbols pay out pretty well for big combinations here (10, J, Q, K, and A pay 50x, 75x, 100x, 125x, and 150x for five of a kind respectively).
The big symbols are the wild and the scatter.
The scatter symbol is the snow-covered house, and while three triggers the bonus, the symbol also pays 2x for two on a payline, 5x for three, 50x for four, and 500x bet for five.
The wild symbol goes higher than that, acting as a wild does (stepping in for any standard symbol to finish a winning combination) and also pays 10x for two, 200x for three, 2,000x for four, and a mammoth 10,000x stake for five on a payline!
The only special symbol that doesn’t payout is the Christmas tree bonus symbol, three or more of which trigger the Christmas Gifts bonus.
The Christmas Gift Bonus feature triggers when three or more of the Bonus symbol land on the reels. Players are transported to a second screen, where gifts appear under a tree – the player is invited to then pick one of the gifts for a chance to win an instant cash prize.
Three or more scatters and players will enter the free spins feature. Here, 10 spins are given, and all wins landed throughout the feature will be subject to a 3x multiplier, so they can really build up here. The Christmas Gift bonus feature can also trigger during this feature for the chance at even more wins.
Finally, after any win, players have a chance to take a 50/50 gamble on their winnings. Simply pick a card color, red or black, if you’re right, you double your win, if you’re wrong, you lose the win, so be careful!
Mobile casino players can take full advantage of the gameplay features that Santa Surprise has to offer. While the simple background may seem a little dull on desktop screens, it’s perfectly suited for the smaller screens of mobile devices. Playable through your device’s web browser as well as your favorite online casino apps, this Xmas slot title is optimized for touchscreen use and tweaked to fit perfectly into a mobile screen.
Let’s face it, we all spend a fair bit of Christmas staring at our phones, in which case, you may as well be playing this entertaining Christmas mobile slot from Playtech!
Playtech is one of the biggest names in iGaming software, and for good reason.
Famed for its Age of the Gods progressive jackpot series of slots (which took the place of the now-defunct Playtech Marvel slots series) the developer has continuously proven itself as one of the absolute best around. Table games and live dealer options as well as slots, Playtech, which is licensed by a highly-respected regulatory body, the UKGC (UK Gambling Commission) is rightfully seen as a top software developer. It turns out this provider can turn its hand to a Christmas slot too!
Santa Surprise is as Christmassy as a snowglobe, even the 10, J, Q, K, and A symbols are kitted out in winter scarves and other seasonal design touches to ensure everything stays festive.
Christmas is the perfect time for vintage feeling imagery, and Playtech’s online Xmas slot machine fits snugly into these festive months.
The Christmas season brings about a lot of firsts for the year – hideous Christmas sweaters, excessive turkey consumption, and, yep, you guessed it, Christmas-specific slots.
Are we likely to play this slot for the rest of the year? Probably not. But with triple wins in the free spins feature, and some big base game wins to be had, It’s the perfect slot for some extra Christmas treats to tie up this year.