Santa's Wild Ride Review

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Overall Rating : (4.0/5)

Santa’s Wild Ride is a 5 reel, 243 payline non-progressive video slots. It offers a plethora of free spins, scatters, wilds and a bonus game.

The stage is set for Microgaming’s latest innovative Christmas themed slots. Guaranteed to be a show stopper and will heat players up nicely in colder climes. In this game, Santa is the main character riding his Harley Davidson (no reindeers I’m afraid) which traces the skies with magic dust.

Wilds and Scatters

The reels showcase a “Female Pillion Rider” and an “Elfish Mechanic”. Santa’s favourite food is a jumbo sandwich which he enjoys washing down with an ice cold beer. Additional symbols such as the Roly Poly Pudding, a spunky looking Mrs. Santa, Cookies, a North Pole road sign and Tarts grace the reels too. Santa’s Harley’s “Keys” are the scatter symbol (3, 4 and 5) and “Santa’s Wild Ride Logo” is the wild symbol. The wild symbol gives a random multiplier of 2 xs, 3 xs or 4 xs.

The free spins bonus round offers a lot in terms of payouts. In the event three or more scatter “Blitzen’s Keys” are appear any place on the reels a whopping 1.9 million coins will be paid out. 25 Free spins are offered by all three “keys” with doubled payouts. The wild symbol is stacked across the reels in the wild feature.

The wild symbol gets bigger in the “Expanding Wild” feature making the entire reel wild. Microgaming introduces the latest wild symbol in the “Trailing Wild” feature. As it slides down the reels it creates a trail of wilds. Unfortunately the free spins bonus round can’t be re-triggered.

Since it’s a Christmas-themed slots Santa’s Wild Ride offers a free bonus gift-now that’s value for money. This feature is absent on the second screen. A “Gift Box” is introduced by Santa on reels 2 and 4, it shows the amount of bonus credits you can win. Regrettably in the free spins round the Free Gift Bonus cannot be triggered.

Coin Denomination

In Santa’s Wild Ride you can win in 243 distinct ways. Microgaming is set to release more slot machines based on this ingenious design. Distinct paylines are also absent. Symbols that appear from left to right on successive reels affects a payout. Bets range from $0.01, to $0.05. The maximum bet per spin is automatically set at 30x the line bet. You can also play Santa’s Wild Ride in the “Expert Mode”.

Free Spins And Wilds

Pay table two indicates various symbol combinations and their payout values in coins. The wild symbols is displayed with its payout in coins. The following applies:

  • Scatter wins are added to way wins.
  • Scatter symbol pays anyway.
  • Only the highest win is eligible to be paid.
  • Scatter wins are multiplied by the total amount staked.
  • Wins are multiplied by coins per way.
  • All wins pay from left to right. This exclude scatter symbols which pay in any direction.
    Free Spins

In the first paytable the free spins bonus is displayed with the maximum amount of 1,900 000 coins that can be won during the free spins bonus. To trigger the free spins three bonus or more key symbols need to appear.

When the bonus is triggered, you must pick one of the following: stacked wilds, expanding wilds and trailing wilds. Once you picked one the free spins will commence. The following applies to the free spin bonus:

  • All wins are doubled during the free spins.
  • Only one free spin feature can be played per trigger.
  • All bets and ways are the same as the game that triggered the feature.
  • All features award the same amount of free spins. In the base game the wild does not apply during the free spins. Free spins cannot be re-triggered.
  • On the first page the “Free Gift Bonus” appears. The Christmas present symbol represents the bonus and appears on lines 2 and 4. When they appear you will win a certain amount of coins. These amounts are not multiplied by wild multipliers.

In summary. Santa’s Wild Ride offers state-of-the art graphics and well-defined characters backed by colourful animations. The fact that all wins are doubled during the free spins is a huge bonus. The biggest win to date is 380,000 Euros. Unfortunately the second screen does not offer a free bonus gift and distinct paylines are absent. Recommended


Game Information

  • Software:Microgaming
  • Release Date:November 10th, 2010
  • Theme:Christmas
  • Reels:5
  • Paylines:243
  • Coins/Line:5
  • Free Spins:Yes
  • Wilds:Yes
  • Multipliers:Yes
  • Max Jackpot:$200.00
  • Progressive:No