Santa Paws mobile slot is coming to town! But will he be bring presents or just icicles? Well, chances are, a bit of both.
Though one of us in this two people team is a big fan of all things Christmas, the Santa Paws slot theme didn’t bring us that much joy.
It felt like generic animal graphics that Microgaming had dug up from their past collection and put Santa hats on for good measure. Some may find it adorable, others may find it funny, but we found it a bit empty.
Other than the Rudolph killer whale that has a shiny red nose and antlers stuck to it. That symbol was cute.
For this reason we couldn’t give it four stars. The animations, sounds and graphics need a little work.
But perhaps this is a cunning plan by Microgaming to make it so you don’t play the Santa Paws slot? Because it holds some fun surprises. Much like that killer whale.
Jingle bells, the penguin smells, the bunny laid an egg! The seal lost the will and the free spins are on their way! hey!
And what you can’t do is lose your will during this fairly mid-variance game. And you might be tempted to, as you hit wins fairly often thanks to that wild polar bear (the hero in the title), but you might not win anything of any significance until you finally get the free spins bonus round.
Because here is where things get interesting.
Want to know what this mobile slot game reminded us of? The likes of the classic Avalon slot or the original Thunderstruck. Not quite as hard hitting as those two, but whilst playing the Santa Paws slot machine you are simply waiting for the free spins to hit, to get you any decent wins.
Because not only do you get 12 free spins, but these are ridiculously easy to re-trigger. Add an extra wild symbol and a random multiplier of x2 to x7 on every win, and it can bring exciting times indeed.
We’ve hit 100x to 200x our bet on several occasions playing these free spins and walked away with true Christmas joy.
It’s a shame that the base game doesn’t bring as many thrills or has a fun enough theme to keep us playing for longer. Yet the simplicity of it appeals to the gambler in us who loves a good free spin bonus round and likes to play Microgaming slots.
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|Mobile Slot released||December 2014|
|Slot type||Video Slot|
|Slot reels / paylines||5 Reels / 20 Paylines|
|House edge / RTP||4% - 3% / 96%|
|Coins range||0.01 - 0.50|
|Min/Max bet||0.20 / 100|
|Free spins||12 Free Spins / Up to 7x Multiplier|
|Bonus rounds||Wilds, Scatters, Free Spins|
The Wild Symbols: The polar bear in the santa costume bringing presents to all his icy friends (or the 'Santa Paws' if you will) is the wild symbol and replaces all other symbols except scatter.
Scatters & Free Spins: The penguin receiving his gift is the scatter symbol and you'll need three or more to trigger 12 free spins.
Every time you get a win you'll get a random multiplier show up in the top of the screen, from x2 all the way to x7. It's incredibly effective in getting you some generous wins.
But what's particularly brilliant about this bonus feature is that the killer whale symbol becomes wild, giving you two wild symbols during this bonus game round AND you can easily re-trigger the free spins.
Though you start with 12, getting 24 free spins happens often, and we've hit 36 a couple of times to know it's not out of the question.
Santa Paws mobile slot is simple in every way. Simple graphics, simple sounds, and even a simple game premise - just spin and wait for the free spins for some truly awesome wins.
If you love the idea but aren't into polar bears and penguins, we highly recommend you read our Summertime slot review which is similar in gameplay but takes you to warmer climes.
Review by Lucky Mobile Slots, last updated: December 28, 2020 - Rating