Deck the Halls is rich, colourful and verges on the Kitsch! The Christmas slots theme is popular, with many of the big slot software producers having one. If Deck the Halls alone does not get you in the right spirit, you can also try MicroGaming’s Ho Ho Ho slot, Secret Santa or Jingle Bells. You’ll spin along to a musical version of the 12 days of Christmas while playing this game. Lining up Santa, presents and tree decorations to accumulate wins along the way.
The top prize is a staggering 2.4 million coins – enough to make anyone’s holiday season more festive. Free spins are where the excitement levels rise. You’ll get stacked wilds, which can multiply the amount of any wins they are part of.
This is a 30 win-line slot, and it does allow you to lower this number of win-lines. There are the standard 5 reels, with 3 rows of symbols on each. These are detailed symbols, and with no gaps between them give a rich overall feel to the game. You can get from 30c and up, with the usual bigger coin sizes, multipliers and bet max button available – in addition to auto-spin.
Santa comes stacked – in long strips on the reels. He is reading a list in this symbol – presumably of the presents he needs to deliver. You’ll get 1000 coins for 5 of a kind of these, with 500 for 4 and 100 for just 3.
Higher paying regular symbols also include the Christmas tree (500 coins), roaring fire with stockings above it (400), turkey (300) and some colourful wrapped presents (200). Smaller regular wins come from the tree decorations. There is a glowing star, reindeer, baubles, lantern and pine cone.
Logo symbols are wild, creating wins with the regular symbols listed above. They have the top prize too, 4000 coins if you get 5 on a win-line. Any win that you create using these logo wilds is doubled compared to the pay table. During the base game these wilds come in 1’s and 2’s – though during the free spins bonus they are stacked. This increases your chances of hitting a bigger win.
Golden bells, with a red ribbon above, are scatter symbols. They pay up to 100x your total bet amount if you get 5 of them anywhere in view. Whenever you hit 3 or more, you’ll trigger a bonus game of 10 free spins.
Instead of the 12 days of Christmas, your free spins are met with a medley. You’ll hear, ‘Deck the Halls’ and ‘Jingle Bells’ while you play. If that were not a good enough reason to play, then 4x wins with the (now stacked) wilds should convince you. You can retrigger this bonus for 10 more free spins by hitting 3+ bell scatters.
There are some nice touches around the outside of the reels. There is mistletoe above the reels, and the line markers either side look like coloured baubles. Big and detailed symbols do give a crowded feel to the game. Some are similar in colour and hue, meaning you have to tune-in a little to quickly spot all the wins. The bigger wins are easy to spot, with Santa and the (wild) logo symbols standing out from the crowd.
There are animations, though these are more like sparkles and swirls of stars than anything to dramatic. Sound effects (like ho-ho-ho) are also on-theme.
The music sounds strange outside of the festive period. Though the instrumental versions of popular Christmas carols can’t be faulted for adding to the overall theme. I can just imagine singing gently along to ‘Jingle Bells’ only to be interrupted by the biggest possible 2.4-million-coin prize!
If you are one of the many people who enjoy Christmas themed slots, then Deck the Halls from MicroGaming does have several things going for it. This is a solid, well produced and richly coloured slot. It also has the potential for some very big wins. During the base game, stacked Santa’s and wilds with a 2x multiplier provide some of the action. It is the free spins bonus game where things start to kick off properly. Here the wilds multiply by 4, and are also stacked on the reels.