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New Play’N GO Online Holiday Slot: Holiday Spirits
Many online slot game developers release their holiday-themed games in December. They all seem to appear at the top Aussie online casinos at once. Play’n GO, however, got a jump on the competition this year by releasing Holiday Spirits on November 5.
Inspired by A Christmas Carol
One of the most famous novels of the holiday season is A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. First published in 1843, the book tells the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, a man forced to change his ways after viewing his life through the eyes of others. The ghost of Scrooge’s former business partner, Jacob Marley, escorts the unhappy old man to visit the spirits of Christmas Past, Christmas Present, and a Christmas Yet to Come.
Play’n GO based its 2020 holiday game on the novel to bring a little spirit – or several spirits – to online casinos everywhere.
Chief Product Officer Martin Zettergren discussed the idea:
“It’s essential to pay attention to the little details when creating a game, the small touches and ideas that enrich the game. This becomes even more important when basing a game on something players know and love.”
Unique Christmas Game
Too often, online game developers rely on the standard holiday themes. They put a snowman and candy canes, Santa and some reindeer into a traditional slot and present it as a new Christmas game.
Play’n GO took its task more seriously and created a graphic representation of A Christmas Carol.
Holiday Spirits takes place in a sitting room with detailed graphics from the stack of books to the flames in the fireplace. The Christmas tree is decorated, snow falls outside the window, and it all presents a warm feeling, safe from the cold winter.
The soundtrack is dramatic, ushering in the spirits through Jacob Marley, who appears in his chains and somewhat-creepy smile. He drives the game.
As a 3×3 game with 5 paylines, Holiday Spirits is a medium-volatility video slot with a 96.54% RTP (return-to-player).
Holiday Spirits Payouts
Players can start spinning for just $0.05, and the options then increase to $0.10, $0.20, $0.30, and so on until it maxes out at $100 per spin. The max win for the game is 1,600x the player’s bet.
The small grid can display a number of symbols. With three of each symbol on a payline, and with the minimum bet of $0.05 in play, these are the payouts.
- Wild (Ebenezer Scrooge) = $24
- Jacob Marley (ghost on red background) = $6
- Ghost on purple background = $4.50
- Ghost on green background = $3
- Ghost on orange background = $2.10
- Holly = $1.50
- Stocking = $1.20
- Candy canes = $0.90
- Snow globe = $0.60
Features in Holiday Spirits
There are quite a few different features in this game, both in regular and bonus gameplay.
Ebenezer’s Clock is the most visible feature when players first open Holiday Spirits to play. It is the clock at the center of the line above the grid. Randomly, any spin may trigger the clock to turn into a multiplier: 2x, 3x, 4x, 5x, or 10x.
To the right of the clock, there is also a gift-wrapped box. Ebenezer’s Gift is another randomly-triggered feature, this one available in base gameplay or free spins. When triggered, players will see the box open for 2x to emerge. That 2x then doubles any active multiplier.
The Wild, as previously mentioned, is the highest-paying symbol in Holiday Spirits. It also substitutes for any and all symbols.
Double Stacks may also appear on the grid. When two stacks of the same symbol roll out on any two of the three reels – with an active multiplier on the clock – the player wins a spin of Christmas Past, Present, or Future with a guaranteed win.
Let’s get to the Christmas ghosts.
A Win Spin of Christmas Past is a feature triggered by the Double Stacks and with Ebenezer’s Clock set at a 10x multiplier. This feature gives the player a respin with the stacked reels remaining in place (sticky stacks). Each time a spin produces no win, the multiplier decreases to 5x, 4x, 3x, and then 2x. That last 2x multiplier is a guaranteed win before that feature ends.
For the Win Spin of Christmas Present, the multiplier on the clock must be 3x, 4x, or 5x when Double Stacks appear. This gives the player a respin with sticky stacked reels. The multiplier doesn’t change, but it guarantees a win.
Finally, a player can trigger a Win Spin of Christmas Future with Double Stacks and a 2x multiplier. The stacks remain in place for the respin. Each time a spin produces no win, the multiplier actually increases to 3x, 4x, 5x, and then to 10x. That 10x guarantees a win.
Where to Play Holiday Spirits
Play’n GO gives players the chance to check out Holiday Spirits for free on its website. The site presents a large sum of free-play money to try out the game.
(Players should be aware, though, that they don’t have unlimited time to play. Leaving the game unattended for even a few minutes times it out and requires the player to refresh the page and load the game again.)