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New Betsoft Online Holiday Game: Take Santa’s Shop
Halloween was barely in the rear-view mirror when the end-of-year holiday themes entered the picture. Betsoft Gaming wanted to be one of the first with its new Christmas release this season.
Players at Aussie online casinos will benefit when Take Santa’s Shop hits the “new games” category in just a few days. The official release date is November 19, 2020, but some operators may receive it a few days early for preview play.
Have You Seen This Thief?
The alleged thief in Take Santa’s Shop looks strangely like the one in one of Betsoft Gaming’s most popular games called Take the Bank. We’re not looking to point any fingers…but someone should take a look at the resemblances.
In a fun twist, Betsoft put a familiar-looking robber (suspiciously named Holiday Robber) into Christmas colors, draped him in holiday lights, and put a Santa hat on his head. He may or may not be looking to rob Santa’s toy shop.
Take Santa’s Shop isn’t one of those games with holiday overload. Of course, there are wreaths and snowflakes, gingerbread cookies and sleighs, and familiar Christmas music with sleigh bells on the side. Even that, however, has a mystery-movie sound to it. It’s not too much like any Christmas song from your childhood.
Also, don’t panic, but the Christmas tree ornament may just be a bomb, thanks to a certain thief!
Betsoft released this as a medium variance game and a 96.08% RTP (return-to-player). It’s a fun game without too much variance or too many small payouts.
Take Santa’s Shop Payout Information
This new holiday video slot is a 5×4 grid with 75 fixed paylines and a top win potential of 359x the bet.
Speaking of bets, players can start playing at just $0.20 per spin. Options then increase to $0.60, $1, $1.40, $2, $4, $7, $10, $13, and $15, with $20 as the max bet per spin.
Playing the minimum bet and hitting five of a particular symbol on a payline, these are the payouts:
- Wild = $3.00
- Snow globe = $0.60
- Gingerbread man = $0.20
- Red stocking = $0.18
- Gold bells = $0.12
- Rocking horse = $0.12
- Candy cane = $0.12
- A = $0.12
- K, Q, J, 10, or 9 = $0.06
Take Santa’s Shop Features and Gameplay
The symbol payouts may not blow you away, but the features will.
The previously-mentioned ornament bomb is actually a good thing for players. It starts at 10 and counts down with every spin. It detonates after 10 spins to explode all bombs on the grid.
The bombs arrive via the Holiday Robber. Every time he appears as a symbol, he leaves a bomb. When the counter hits zero, all of the bombs explode and turn into wilds. Those wilds can equal lucrative wins.
From there, the bomb counter resets to 10 and starts again.
Speaking of the wilds, they substitute for all symbols except Santa’s sleigh, which is the scatter. It’s easy to detect because it’s a sleigh with BONUS written on it. They may appear on the second, third, or fourth reels. Three of those on the reels translate into 15 free spins.
When the free spins begin, the ornament bomb counter pauses. The free spins then play with wilds that move to new locations after each spin. Players may begin with five, seven, or even ten wilds for that bonus round.
When the free spins end and the player collects winnings, the normal game resumes. The bomb counter picks up where it left off when the bonus round began.
Special Buy Feature
Most iterations of Take Santa’s Shop offer a buy feature. It appears on the lower right of the screen, a button with a shopping cart on it and a dollar amount.
The player can purchase a round of free spins for the price listed on that button. With the core bet at $0.20 per spin, the prices will be:
- 15 free spins with 5 wilds = $5.40
- 15 free spins with 7 wilds = $10
- 15 free spins with 10 wilds = $19
Where to Play Take Santa’s Shop
Before Betsoft releases this new holiday game to Aussie casinos, the company offers the opportunity for players to get a feel for it on the Betsoft website. The game is set up for demo play with a free-play balance so players can check out the features and options.
This is a fun take on regular holiday slot games online. The bomb counter guarantees constant action, so there is never much time between features or some type of payout.
When ready to play for real money on or after November 19, 2020, check sites like King Johnnie , Wild Card City, Woo Casino, Pokies Parlour, Bonza Spins, and Playamo Casino. All of them cater to Aussie casino players.