If you are familiar with the story of Scrooge and the Christmas Ghosts, this is Play’n GO rendition of the story, but in a slot game version! If you are forced to face your “ghosts,” why not make some cash while you’re at it? Facing your demons, past choices, and the truth is generally not easy, but with bonus features, hopefully, Holiday Spirits can cushion the blow.
The story starts in a very fitting cozy living room setting with a Christmas tree visible on the left side and a warming fireplace on the other. The wooden grid is translucent and suspended in the middle of the screen with a comfy armchair in the background and a big window.
The grid is quite large, but upon taking a second look, we found that it’s because the number of reels and rows is actually smaller. You’re only looking at a 3×3 grid, a much smaller playing space than we are used to. The smaller grid also makes us wonder how big the wins can be and if Holiday Spirits can make up for the design.
We start diving into the details with the number of paylines in Holiday Spirits. The tiny 3×3 grid only offers 5 fixed payways. This leaves you scratching your head and wondering if this beautifully designed slot game is worth your time. However, for such a small playing field, it offers 1,600x your initial bet as the max jackpot.
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This really isn’t bad, and the betting range is larger than other slot games starting from 0.05 and maxing out at 100. The volatility is very nicely in the middle of the scale, and the RTP (return to player) is about 96.29%, but this can vary, depending on the operator you choose.
Let’s take a look at the features to see if Holiday Spirits gives you a lot of chances at the max win or even some bonus boosts.
Let us start with the wild card, which is Scrooge himself. He can replace all symbols on the grid and can help you big time with the smaller wins. If you play enough, you may even manage to get Scrooge to cover the entire grid to get higher wins.
Then there are the cute little present symbols on the grid that can open with prizes inside. What you will find inside each gift box is a multiplier that doubles your wins for the spin you’re on.
The stacked symbols are another feature in the game that can give you more wins and more of an advantage. Beware that when this feature is active, the game becomes more volatile as well.
Of course, Holiday Spirits also offers special spins like many other slot games, which can also yield rewards. They are called win spins in Holiday Spirits and can reward you with several multipliers.
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You will also notice a ticking clock at the top of the grid that adds chaos to the game and can go off at any time to reward you with 2, 3, 4, 5, or 10x multipliers. If you get Ebenezer Scrooge’s gift to glow, it will double your existing multiplier.
Play’n GO could have done a lot more with a familiar theme that people of any age remember. If they expanded the grid, added more Christmas features and just increased the win by a bit, Holiday Spirits could have been a bigger hit. However, for what it is, the game isn’t bad for those missing Christmas year-round.