Could Santa’s Wild Ride make your festive holiday a great one? In this Christmas-themed online slot game from Microgaming, the standard pay lines have vanished and been replaced with a whopping 243 different ways to win. The backdrop displays a beautiful clear December night; the sky is filled with glowing stars and there’s a blanket of crisp white snow covering the ground. The storyline appears to be about Santa going a bit wild and naughty; there are motorbike keys and pints of beer amongst the usual Christmas-themed items. The slot game has a tongue-in-cheek, cartoon-style festive theme and plays jolly Christmas music as you spin and (hopefully) win. Santa’s Wild Ride could give you the most amazing Christmas gift if you’ve been a good boy or girl this year…a spectacular 1,900,000 coins could be won!

The game symbols are linked to the wild festive theme. We’ve got Santa on his motorbike, a raunchy female Santa, a cheeky Elf, a motorbike and a North Pole mailbox. The lower win symbols are a Christmas pudding, turkey sandwich, tankard of beer, mince pies and Christmas biscuits.

The keys to Santa’s motorbike are the scatter symbols – and also the key the best part of the game. Land 3, 4 or 5 of them and you’ll have secured a delightful 25 free spins with all wins doubled. Not bad at all! There’s more. You then get to choose from a selection of 3 features to add to your free spins:

Stacked Wilds – this feature will add stacked wilds to all of the reels

Expanding Wilds – this feature will cause the wilds to expand, hence making the whole reel wild

Trailing Wilds – this feature sees the wilds sliding down the reels and leaving a trail of wilds as it does so.

In addition to the above bonus feature, there is a random feature called the Free Gift Bonus. Every now and then, Santa will gift you with instant prizes on the second and fourth reel. This is lovely, but not quite as thrilling as the free spins bonus.

Verdict

Santa’s Wild Ride doesn’t do the Christmas theme quite as well as I’d like; the cheesier, the better in my opinion – isn’t that what Christmas is all about? (See Secret Santa Slot for a great example). However, I simply cannot argue with the bonus game. 25 free spins? All wins doubled? A choice of stacked, expanding or trailing wilds? It’s like all my Christmases have come at once! The only disappointment is that the free spins cannot be retriggered…but perhaps that’s just greed on my part! I totally love this feel-good, cheeky Christmas slot game…play it throughout the year, it’s well worth it.

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