Many pokies have tried to break the mould a bit with Christmas slots and presented something that’s a little edgy or left field, but Christmas Megaways plays the holiday about as straight as it gets. The background to the reels is a pretty nondescript snowy wasteland with a clear starry sky above, while just about everything shines and glitters with gold. Megaways means potentially loads of symbols, and the majority of the symbols in this game are the standard 9 – A given Christmassy makeovers with sprigs of holly, but the higher value symbols include wreaths, candles, sacks of presents and baubles. Needless to say the whole package looks like a chocolate box or a Christmas card, and it’s almost sickeningly cute to watch.
Christmas Megaways works on the good old Megaways model, which means an ever changing landscape of reels and rows that offers a different range of paylines from spin to spin, stretching between an already impressive 64 to a truly mind-boggling 177,000. There are always six reels, but the sizes of the symbols are forever changing, so you never know what you’re going to get next. One of the consequences of this is that the betting limit is relatively low at £/€/$20, but even that’s a king’s ransom when you hit the higher ways to win levels. No wonder the RTP is above average at 96.2%! The Christmas tree is the highest paying symbol at 25x your bet, not massive either, but you don’t have to string many of those together before your pay packet starts to look pretty impressive!
The Christmas Megaways slot game features a cascading reels mechanic, which means that the symbols that created a win are removed and replaced with new symbols falling in from above, potentially setting off a chain of wins. These cascades are the key to the bonus features, and different bonuses are activated as you create more and more wins in a row. After four wins you get eight free spins, with two more spins added for each successful combo you generate after that original four, while any reel that reaches the maximum number of seven symbols within it is locked at this height for the rest of the free spins. The free spins round grants a 1x multiplier after each winning spin for good measure, and there is no cap on how high this can go.