Christmas Megaways is a Christmas-themed slot game by Iron Dog Studios that use the Megaways game engine which can provide some huge rewards.
All the usual trimmings and themes expected from a Christmas game are present here. The backdrop seems to be set in a polar region, with snow and ice covering the landscape and a beautiful sky which can only be seen in those parts of the world.
The design is quite simple, which is not a bad thing as some Christmas slots can go overboard with their designs. The card royals are all themed as well and colourful, while the main high value symbols include candles, stockings full of gifts, baubles and piles of presents.
The diamond symbol is the most rewarding symbol in the base game. There is a meter made up of stars on the right which shows the number of free spins available, while the Megaways meter on the left of the reels displays the number of paylines active for that spin.
This game has six reels and up to 117,649 paylines. As stated earlier, this game uses the Megaways engine, which means that gameplay is slightly different. Every spin can land between two and seven symbols on each reel, and this determines how many Megaways are in play.
For example, if there are two symbols on all six reels each, there are 64 Megaways in play. Landing the full complement of symbols across the six reels is how you get 117,649 paylines active. There is a meter to the side of the game which shows the number of active Megaways for every spin.
There are two Wilds in the game – base and multiplier. They work as normal, substituting for other symbols, but the multiplier Wild will also grant a 2x multiplier, with up to three of these Wilds potentially being present on the reels at the same time. Their values are also multiplied, so if three are present in a win, you will have an 8x multiplier, not 6x.
Wins also trigger the tumble feature, where winning symbols are removed and new ones tumble into the gaps. This will continue as long as there are no new winning combos created upon a tumble, and therefore increase chances of linking a number of wins together for a bigger reward.
The tumbles can also trigger the free spins round. Having four or more consecutive tumbles awards the player with 8 free spins. For every tumble more than the fourth one, an extra two spins are awarded, up to a maximum of 14.
During the free spins, or on the triggering spin, any reel with 7 symbols is locked, and if there is a locked reel on the final free spin, an additional free spin is provided. There is also a win multiplier which increases by +1 after every win in this round. This game can be retriggered as well if you manage to land four tumbles in a row here too, with four extra spins + an extra two spins for every consecutive tumble past the fourth one.
Players can bet from €/£/$0.20 to €/£/$20 per spin, while they also have the option to autospin up to 999 rounds, with win and loss limits available to stop the automatic spins as well. This is a high volatility game with an RTP of 96.2%.
Time to get into that Christmas Spirit with Las Vegas Casino, as this game is an excellent way of using the Megaways game engine within a theme. The base game can also provide big wins, while the bonus game is the one where truly outstanding rewards can be gained, and this should keep players entertained for long periods.