Happy Holidays is a MicroGaming designed slot which transports you to the best time of the year – Christmas! This five-reel game features Santa, Christmas stockings, turkey and snowmen on the reels, so if this doesn’t get you into the Christmas spirit, nothing will. Even if you are playing in the middle of flaming June.
The game utilises the all-ways winning system, meaning there are 243 ways to win during every spin. However, this goes into overdrive when you enter the free spins feature, with over a thousand ways to win. This feature also gives up some hidden wins – where the snowman will lend you a twigged hand.
This yuletide themed slot plays out on five reels and during the base game each reel is three symbols high. The all-ways winning system in play makes the game straightforward to follow. You’ll win when simply landing matching symbols on consecutive reels from left to right. In total this means there are 243 winning chances during every spin which come at the cost of 30 credits or multiples of this amount.
The highest paying symbol in the game shows the title of the slot, with a Christmas tree in the background. Land this symbol on all five reels and you’ll pick up an impressive 1,500-coin win. This symbol also doubles up as the wild. This will now substitute for any other symbol in the game apart from the scatter (and the snowman who plays a major role in the feature).
Santa, with a little girl on his knee represents the highest paying standard symbol. Land five Santa symbols and you’ll win 800 coins. A young boy and a young girl delightedly opening presents on Christmas morning is next on the pay table, worth a top prize of 500 coins. A large, happy snowman has a top win of 400 coins, while a pair of children on a sleigh pays 300 coins.
The rest of the symbols in the game are a nice mix of Christmas themed images. You have a sparkling Christmas tree, a stocking with toys peeping from the top, a large turkey, a gingerbread house and a plate of biscuits.
The final symbol on the reels is a golden bauble, which acts as the scatter symbol. Land 2 anywhere on the reels and you’ll win your stake back, while 3 will double your stake. The prizes then increase quickly. 4 baubles pay 10x your total stake, while the maximum 5 pays 100x your stake – the largest prize in the game.
As well as these immediate scatter wins, you’ll also enter the free spins feature when you land 3 or more scatters. You’ll have 10 free spins in total but there are two added bonuses during these spins. First, an extra row is added to the reels, meaning you now have 1,024 ways to win. The snowman will also convert into any of the other top paying symbols if it means you’ll win. All in all, this makes for an ideal and potentially very profitable feature.
A second, smaller feature comes along in the base game. The ‘Frosty Feature’ only happens on a non-winning spin and awards an immediate cash win for any of the top five symbols. During this feature, just one scatter symbol will see you gain entry into the above free spins.
The background to Happy Holidays shows a very festive street. Snow blankets the scene, while laurels are on each of the doors. Behind the houses you can see large fir trees, looking resplendent as the early night sky has a grey, snowy tinge. Look closely and you can see smoke rising from the chimneys – this animation giving the design an added professional feel. Each of the symbols is delightfully designed, with added animation whenever you land a win. The excellent soundtrack features perfectly fitting yuletide notes and melodies too.
Happy Holidays is a slot that will surely get you into the Christmas spirit, even without downing any Christmas spirits! The visuals throughout the game are excellent, taking you back to an idyllic view of the holidays. This is only accentuated by the perfect sound to the game. No slot is complete without enjoyable gameplay and this game fits that bill too. During the base game you have the boost of the ‘Frosty Feature’, which will ensure your bankroll receives a lift. Then the free spins feature, offering 1,024 ways to win, will surely lead to some eye-catching wins.