For many Christmas and Santa are all about the softness of these characters and the lovely presents that they give out but in this game there is a lot more to Santa who is striking back and fighting against the naughty Rudolph to see who really rules the roost. There are five reels and twenty five paylines to this game that can be tried out for fun but of course in the fun mode the player is not eligible to win the progressive jackpot. When playing Santa Strikes Back! Slots the real money version of the game the player can place bets of varying coin sizes, from $0.01 up to $5 per coin per spin.
In this game the player needs to understand the story behind the game, Victorious Santa and Victorious Rudolph are fighting for the head position in the game and each one acts as a scatter symbol offering special bonus games. Three and more of the victorious Santa symbols on the screen award the player 7 free spins during which a 1x multiplier is applied to all winnings. During these free spins a candy cane is added to some of the symbols and if one appears on a reel a star is lit at the top of the reel. If all five reels are lit with stars the player receives an extra 7 free spins with an additional multiplier ie it rises to 2x for these free spins. In this way the player can win up to a 19x multiplier and loads of free spins. Three and more of the victorious Rudolph symbols on the screen award the player 7 free spins also but with a 2x multiplier plus the number of Santa's on the screen. In other words, if the there are three Santa's on the screen when a win is awarded, the player benefits from a 5x multiplier. The player can trigger more of these free spins with an additional three Rudolph's on the screen.
The regular Santa is the wild symbol and he substitutes for other symbols on the screen and is also the key to teh progressive jackpot. Five of the Santa symbols on an active payline awards the player the progressive jackpot. Four of these symbols awards the player 1000 coins, three awards the player 100 coins and two awards the player 10 coins. Playing Santa Strikes Back! slots does take some getting used to, since it is not a regular Christmas themed game but one that is rather comical and just a little bit ironic.