The Holiday season can bring an increasing number of new releases and this year is no exception. Belatra Games has opened the floodgates with a second Christmas-themed slot to follow Master of Xmas Hold & Win, a title that came out earlier this month.
A dressed-down shirtless Santa with a pickaxe and a miner’s lamp sets the mood for finding Xmas riches, for those fortunate enough to play the game and catch a lucky streak.
As the game is loading the splash screen portrays a mine entrance at the North Pole with tracks leading in, a festively wrapped box of Christmas Cookies, snow-draped trees, and a collection of Xmas ornaments with multipliers emblazoned on them in frosty tones. All this under a full moon on a lightly snowing winter’s night, just yards from a warm and cozy cabin in the woods.
A Time for Sharing…
Belatra Games’ Deputy Director of Sales & Marketing, Sergey Chernyavski said: “Christmas is a time for sharing and we’re delighted to present our festive slot Xmas Gifts. Players will love opening up this game to see what gifts they can find on the reels.”
Pressing the start button brings Santa onto the screen and you see him ride a cart into the mine, laughing all the way.
What you see next comes as a bit of a surprise with 6 columns of 5 positions each, and Santa himself hosting the game from his perch on a box that doubles as the spin button.
Symbols cascade into place, rather than spin on reels. Look on the left side of the reel set to find the somewhat hidden three line menu that appears at first to be part of a miner’s lamp. From here, if you haven’t simply played to figure the game out, you can read the paytable and learn the rules.
The symbols pay in any position on the grid as long as there are at least 8 matching symbols anywhere on the screen. Payouts increase from those awarded for eight or more, to ten or more, and for 12 or more. The max bet per game is 10000 credits and the max win is 20m credits – yes, 20 million credits… Merry Xmas!
Massive Multiplier Free Spins
With 30 reel positions it will take at least four scatters to trigger 10 bonus spins, 5 more can be won if 3 more appear in the feature. The maximum number of free spins that can be awarded is 300. During free games multiplier ornaments can appear increasing payouts by 2x up to 100x for each and “multiplied by the sum of the multipliers that have fallen out”.
Belatra’s proprietary Craft Bonus is also available for purchase if you get tired of waiting for the Bonus Bags of Gold to trigger free games. You can pay as little as 50x stake to collect 4 scatters, 100x for 5, or 250x to land 6 or more scatters and activate all of the multiplier symbols during free games.