Santa Paws Slot Game Review
Christmas is just around the corner and what better way to celebrate than with this great slot game from Microgaming? Santa Paws takes players on an exciting journey through a winter wonderland where arctic animals are dressed in festive attire and Father Christmas is a huge fluffy polar bear – hence the name. There’s no shortage of generosity and plenty of cash can be won whilst you are entertained by the number of bonuses and features available. When you combine this with the fact that it’s made by software giants Microgaming, then you know you’re going to be in for a treat. So get in the festive spirit and read our slot review to see if it’s perfect for you.
Upon loading the game for the first time, you will notice the graphics are slightly outdated but this doesn’t matter as much because there is still a great Christmassy feel with a jingly soundtrack in the background as you spin the reels. A bright blue sky and a snowy backdrop ensure it’s just like being in the North Pole and seasonally-attired symbols include an owl, a seal, a rabbit and a wolf. There are also two Wild symbols that take form of a Rudolf the whale and the Santa Paws bear, while the scatter symbol is the penguin.
Santa Paws is a 5 reel, 20 payline slot and these can be altered so gamers can play with between 1 and 20 paylines if they wish. However, we suggest playing with the maximum 20 lines on every spin as it gives you the best chance of winning and just lower your total wager if the bet amount is too much. Most new slots don’t offer this option anymore as they have cottoned on that players don’t want to lower the paylines, therefore lower their chances of winning. Even if you use 20 paylines, you’ll be able to enjoy the game while also managing to keep up with the different prizes available.
Players will be able to use up to 10 coins in sizes from 0.01 to 50 credits meaning that the maximum you can bet is 100 credits per spin. You can alter the amount by using the arrows either side of the total amount on screen and the amounts you can bet mean that all types of players will be happy while using this slot. It may not cater for the super high-rollers of the slot world but at least 99% of other players can still be looked after.
But what prizes can you actually win at Santa Paws and is he generous this year? Well, it seems that you’re all on his good list because players can win 5,000 coins by hitting five Wilds in the main game. It’s worth looking out for the penguin scatter too as this can give you a multiplier of up to 100x your total bet and will also take you to the free bonus game feature. The artic wolf is another symbol to check out as getting two on any lines will give you a payout, while 5 will get you 750 coins.
Next up we have some very important bonus features we need to discuss, as these can win you huge prizes, as well as bring you plenty of fun. There aren’t loads of bonuses that bless this game but they still offer some of the best prizes we have seen. The penguin is the only scatter on the game but landing 3, 4 or 5 of these anywhere on the reels will guarantee you 12 free spins. It’s quite fitting that the penguin is holding a present as he literally gives away money and it may not seem like loads of free spins but everything that you win here can be multiplied by 7.
Another great bonus that will appeal to the real risk takers is the Gamble feature. This is available after any winning spin of the reels and all you have to do in order to access it is hit the Gamble button. You will then be directed to a new screen where a Santa Paws playing card will be shown face down. You must then correctly guess the colour of the card which will double your winning amount if you are successful. However, your total amount will be quadrupled if you guess the suit correctly too! Don’t get too carried away while using this bonus feature. It’s best to stop after winning once or twice or you risk losing all of your money.
We’ve touched on the Wild symbols earlier and quite unusually there are two on Santa Paws. Both are available in the base game and the free spins feature and having these will obviously increase your chances of winning. These will replace all of the other symbols except for the scatter and take the form of the Santa Paws and Rudolph.
Even though this game may not suit everybody – Scrooge springs to mind – it will still present enough fun and entertainment during the festive period. There is a joyful feel to it with a cheery soundtrack and great bonuses such as the free spins and the gamble feature that will keep you going while the family insist on watching the dreaded soaps on Christmas day. We can’t see anybody playing this in the middle of June but it is well worth checking out in the next few weeks!
Slot Game Info
|Scatter Symbol||Polar Bear|
|Min / Max bet||0.09 to 22.50|
|Bonus Round||Gamble Feature|
|RTP||95% – 96%|