Santa’s Wild Ride Slots
It's fair to say that the image accompanying the Santa's Wild Ride slot game - long before you reach the game itself - is an unusual one. Don't expect to see Santa on his sleigh - in this case, he's sitting astride a motorbike! It does have a red headlight though, in a nice nod to Rudolph, we guess.
So, if you want to find out more after that unusual beginning, you are in the right place to make it happen.
Head out on Santa's Wild Ride with this developer
The creator behind this game is Microgaming, and we think you have probably heard of them before.
The demo version gives you a better look at the game
And it does so with no risk to you as well, as you can see how the game works and decide whether there is enough to look forward to if you want some real action with proper coins.
Focusing on the theme
Microgaming has clearly tried to put a spin on the usual Christmas slot game, and with Santa riding in on a motorbike, we think they've done a fine job of doing that.
Plenty of superb features to look for in the design
From the paytable to the reel set, there are lots of sharp details throughout this festive slot game. The paytable alone is colorful but you can expect more of the same throughout the slot itself.
Let's get underway for a spin of the Santa's Wild Ride slot
The game offers a 5 x 3 slot to try, so you've seen this bit before at least. It doesn't offer a progressive jackpot but there is a wild to look for. It's based on the logo for the game, and this appears on a shield. Whenever the wild lands in a winning line, you can watch for a random multiplier to appear too. This will be 2x, 3x, or 4x the usual amount you'd receive for that line.
Elsewhere, you might also see a set of keys labeled Blitzin' - obviously a riff on the
name of one of Santa's reindeer, Blitzen. This is a scatter symbol. You'll also need to watch for gifts landing on reels two and four.
No paylines in this festive slot game
No - instead the 5 x 3 format gives us all the possible ways we could pick up prizes, which means 243 of them.
Play from 30 cents per game
You only need to choose a spin bet here, thanks to the way win format. You can start with just 30 cents on the line and go to a maximum of $7.50.
A familiar style of paytable
The game has a superb paytable, very much in the guise of many other Microgaming slots. You'll see what we mean when you check it out. And that is something you should do before playing the game.
The game includes a Free Gift bonus
It's a quick one but it's worth spotting if you can. Santa may leave a gift box on reels two and four in the base game (but not in the free spins - we'll cover those in a moment). The boxes reveal instant prizes, so you won't go onto another screen - you'll just see what Santa has left you and then continue with the game.
Free spins from Santa's scattered keys
Finding three, four, or five of these anywhere in the same spin will bring you a free spin round. You will receive a generous quantity too - 25 free games - but you get a choice of three versions.
You can play with stacked wilds across all reels, expanding wilds (which act just as you'd expect when they appear), or go for the trailing wilds version. In this version, you get more wilds landing as the wilds trail down on any reels they appear on. Whichever option you choose, all prizes won during the round will be double the standard paytable values.
We couldn't find any RTP information
There was nothing along these lines on the game screen or the paytable, so we will update you if we discover the info elsewhere.
Our rating: Did we like the Santa's Wild Ride slot?
It does take a different stance when compared to the regular Christmas-themed slots you might be familiar with. You'll have your own idea of how pleasing it is to pl
ay, of course, but we suggest a score of 8 out of 10 for this one.
Plenty of potential to pick up prizes too
The paytable reveals that the best a player could wish for is a whopping 1.8 million coins. We guess that would be achievable over a session of play rather than in a single prize, and it is unlikely to happen for most players, but it's still good to see.
The demo introduces you to the gameplay
Why pay to find out whether you like the game when the demo does just as well at helping you see whether you like it?
Play for real at Microgaming casinos
Some are powered by Microgaming software and others offer their games on top of those from other developers.
Santa's Wild Ride also has a mobile version
You can play this one wherever you are, thanks to the mobile version also available.