|Manufacturer:||Novomatic||Bet Per Spin:||£0.20 – £40.00|
|Bonus Features:||Yes||Free Spins:||Yes|
|RTP:||95.26%||Game Type:||Video Slot|
As Christmas comes around again with an almost annual regularity we know we can look forward to some new online slot machines based on this festive season – Santa’s Riches is developed by Novomatic/Greentube and from £0.20 per spin it rewards players with matching Christmas gifts, the Arrow Trail and some seasonal free spins.
Santa’s Riches is a six reel slot with an initial twenty paylines and three rows but we’ll explain how the gameplay works shortly; the setting is a coniferous forest covered in snow over which Santa flies every so often.
High value symbols include Santa, golden bells, some candy, a cracker and Christmas stockings; coloured baubles with 10, J, Q, K and A represent the lower values. The golden ‘Wild’ is wild and the wrapped gift is the Mystery Symbol.
Santa’s Riches Bonus Features
Mystery Christmas Gift
The gifts can land on any spin and will all transform into matching symbols, hopefully helping out with a win.
The gameplay is based completely around this mechanic and it starts with just the 3×5 unfrozen area with twenty paylines; a win here will light one of the wooden arrows above the reels and those symbols involved will disappear and be replaced by more falling in from above.
The playing area will now expand to 3×6 and then, with more wins, 4×6 and 5×6 with forty and fifty paylines respectively. A non-winning drop will reset the reels and the arrow trail.
If you can make it to at least the fourth arrow on the trail the free spins round will be triggered with five free spins and the following rewards:
- Four Arrows – adds more Christmas Gift symbols.
- Five Arrows – adds stacked Christmas Gift symbols.
- Six Arrows – adds 2×2 Christmas Gift symbols.
- Seven Arrows – adds 3×2 Christmas Gift symbols.
The arrow trail is also active during the spins and reaching arrow, four, five, six or seven will award 4, 6, 8 or 10 extra spins respectively.
Sometimes we find Novomatic slots a little lacking in creativity but we’ve enjoyed Santa’s Riches – it has an interesting gameplay mechanic, a clever way to trigger the free spins and a festive Christmas spirit.