It’s a sure bet that sometime in December you’ll hear the words ‘Ho Ho Ho’. Hopefully, they will be said by someone in a Santa Claus outfit and not that drunk at the office party! This MicroGaming slot certainly takes the Santa approach, with St. Nick himself playing a leading role in this 5-reel game.
Joining Santa are a variety of yuletide themed symbols, including a reindeer, Christmas pudding and a turkey. Santa himself acts as the wild symbol and offers the biggest win in the game. While there is also a free spins round – look out for those large number of spins and an added multiplier.
Ho Ho Ho is a five-reel slot with a total of 15 win-lines. The slot pays from left to right and players can choose to play between 1 and 10 coins for each line. Other standard options are shared with many MicroGaming slots. These include auto-play, bet max and an optional gamble-after win based on the turn of a playing card.
Santa Claus himself is the most important symbol in the whole game. First, he acts as the wild symbol. He will therefore substitute for any other symbol in the game apart from the scatter. This will ensure many more wins with other symbols. Santa is also the highest paying symbol, and it’s not even a close-run thing. Land five Santa symbols in a row on a win line and you’ll win an amazing 15,000 coins. This win will ensure that you and your entire family will have a full stocking this year.
Next on the pay table is a reindeer and the red nose indicates that this could well be Rudolph. Land five in a row and Rudolph pays 500 coins. A sleigh carrying a variety of brightly coloured gifts is the next highest paying, worth 400 coins. No Christmas would be complete without a tree and this colourful symbol is worth 200 coins. The remaining symbols are all Christmas related and include a gingerbread man, pudding and candy.
The final symbol on the reels is a Christmas gift in a red box. The box is sealed with a yellow ribbon with sprigs of holly. This acts as the scatter symbol. Land two scatters anywhere on the reels and you’ll win our stake back. Land 3, 4 or 5 scatters and you’ll win 2x, 20x and 60x your stake respectively, as well as enter the free spins feature.
You’ll be awarded 20 free spins, which in itself is on the high side when it comes to online slots. However, the addition of a 2x multiplier in the feature makes it all the more impressive. Even more good news is the fact that you can retrigger the free spins at any time. Retriggering will see an additional 20 spins added to your existing total.
Ho Ho Ho is one of the most colourful slots you’ll find online. The reels take centre stage when playing this yuletide themed slot, taking up the majority of the screen. Each symbol is bright and stands out nicely against the pale blue background of the reels. The stand out symbol is Santa himself. Not only does he bring a cheery atmosphere to the game, but the added animation when he lands a win brings him to life. The accompanying sound to the game is the hymn ‘Oh Come All Ye Faithful’ played on church bells. It’s a very slow version of the song and plays against a howling wind. While sounding professional, the soundtrack might be more fitting for a horror-themed slot!
Ho Ho Ho is exactly the kind of slot to play if you want to get into that Christmas spirit. You have the colourful symbols, the gifts and Santa himself to brighten up the reels. The gameplay itself isn’t anything particularly original, but there are certainly highpoints. The 15,000-coin win for Santa himself is one, while the 20 spins with a 2x multiplier is another. While the soundtrack might divide opinion, it is certainly in keeping with the season.
MicroGaming have a lot of Christmas themed slots. If you enjoyed Ho Ho Ho, why not check out Deck the Halls or Happy Holidays.