This Santa Surprise slot is full of Christmas love and joy, but not enough cash prizes to fit the generous theme.
Let’s make one thing clear. This 5 reel, 20 payline mobile slot could not be more Christmassy if it tried. You even get Santa himself announcing five of a kind wins and how many free spins you’ve won. The level of detail in the design is just as impressive. From the little elf waving at you and inviting you to enter it’s warm hearth on a cold winters night, to the Christmas trees lighting up when it lands on an active payline.
Is that sleigh bells we hear? And the deep booming Ho, Ho, Ho that brings fear and excitement into every five year olds heart?
Yet Santa surprise mobile slot isn’t quite the perfect Christmas slot that the design and sounds make it out to be. When push comes to shove we would probably prefer playing on Playtech’s simpler classic slot Santa’s Gift or the far more exciting Microgaming 5 reeler Deck the Halls. Both provide either lots of exciting hits or big hits to get the heart racing.
Santa Surprise does neither. Sure it has a high maximum win jackpot of 200,000, but it never feels within reach. The wins, when they come, are seldom above your bet, and the click me feature pays barely 4 to 5 times your bet. Even the free spins were a fairly average 20 times our bet. It was only during the free spins in fact that we feel what this mobile slot could have been like, in terms of excitment, had the whole mobile slot been like this instead of just for 10 free games.
There are hopes for big wins here, but the slot doesn’t bring the excitement and entertainment in between to make you believe it. Santa’s Surprise is simply that this year, he is handing stocking fillers instead of presents it seems.
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|Mobile Slot released||November 2013 (mobile)|
|Slot type||Video Slot|
|Slot reels / paylines||5 Reels / 20 Paylines|
|House edge / RTP||2.95% / 97.05%|
|Coins range||0.01 - 1.00|
|Min/Max bet||0.20 / 20|
|Free spins||10 Free Spins / 3x Multiplier|
|Bonus rounds||Free Spins & Click Me Feature|
Wild: Santa himself is the wild symbol, replacing all symbols except the scatter and bonus game symbol.
Christmas Gifts Bonus Round: If you get three or more bonus symbols on an active payline (paying left to right) you'll be taken to a bonus screen where you can pick out of six gifts. If you got three of the bonus symbols on the reel, you'll get to pick 3 out of the six presents. If you got a 4 of a kind, 4 presents and 5 of a kind and you'll get 5 presents. Don't get too excited the prizes here barely 4 to 5 times your bet.
Scatter & Free Spins: The saver of this mobile slot is the free spins bonus game that comes far not often enough and hits just about ok to be bearable. If you get three snowy elf cottages anywhere on the screen (also the scatter symbols) you'll trigger 10 free spins with a 3x multiplier. Bonus points; you can re-trigger the free spins.
A beautiful theme, immersive sounds and fairly decent free spins games save this slot from obscurity. A more generous payout, or at least more exciting features and wins, could have made Santa Surprise one hell of a Christmas slot.
If you are feeling in the christmas spirit and want to hear all the familiar sights and sounds from the most wonderful time of the year, then Santa Surprise mobile slot certainly does that.
But, in all honesty, if that's what you want we recommend Deck the Halls mobile slot for some more exciting christmas times.
Review by Lucky Mobile Slots, last updated: May 27, 2020 - Rating