Christmas Megaways slot REVIEW
Christmas Megaways ReviewIron Dog’s Branded Megaways template has been used to give plenty of casinos their very own megaways engine game. It’s only natural that the UK-based developer has decided to use the very same template to cash in on the upcoming Holidays season. Christmas Megaways is an interesting paradoxical mix of a super strong math model, wrapped up in a soulsuckingly superficial package.
It really couldn’t be a better symbol of what the Holidays season has long-since become, hollow and commercialized to the core. If you can stomach the glossy facade however, there is plenty of fun to be had here, as the features combine into a well-balanced game that offers bigger payouts than any other seasonal title we know of.
A screen of the Christmas Megaways playing space
Christmas Megaways slot Features
You’ll benefit from both regular wilds and multiplier wilds in this game, and they can both land on reels 2 to 6 only. Per usual, the wilds will step in for all regular symbols to help you form winning combos. You will sometimes land up to three 2x multiplier wilds on the same base game spin, and if these combine into the same win you’ll benefit from an 8x boost.
Any win will also trigger the Tumble feature, which means that the winning symbols are removed to be replaced by new winning chances dropping from above. You can thus win more than one time per round, and the feature goes on as long as you keep winning.
This is also how you trigger the bonus round in this game, as 4 consecutive tumble wins gives you 8 free spins. You get 2 extra spins on top of the 8 for every extra tumble on top of the minimum of 4. You can get a maximum of 14 free spins this way, and you will also benefit from a Locked Reel feature in the bonus round.
If you landed a reel with 7 matching symbols on the triggering spin, this reel will be locked at 7 symbols in height for the duration of the feature. The same happens if you land a full stack of 7 matching symbols on any given free spin. Locking reels on the final spin gives you 1 extra free spin, and it’s possible to lock multiple reels this way.
You will also benefit from a progressive win multiplier during the feature, and it increases by +1 for each win. There is no upper limit as to how high it can go, and the multiplier does not reset on non-winning spins. Land 4 consecutive wins in the bonus round, and you will be awarded with 4 extra free spins. You will also get 2 extra spins for each additional tumble up to 14 spins.
Last, but not least, you can choose to buy the free spins round in Christmas Megaways, and it will cost you 30x your stake for 6 free spins. If you want 10 free spins and 1 locked reel, you will have to pay 130x your stake. The bonus buy option is not available for UK players.
The 200 Spins Christmas Megaways slot Experience
After grinding in the base game for a good while with little success, we finally caved and paid for the bonus round. We purchased 10 free spins with 1 locked reel, which set us back 130x our stake. You can see how it all played out in the edited highlights video below, and the bonus buy happens around 0:32 into the video.
The biggest problem with Christmas Megaways is that it completely lacks soul, depth and warmth. It feels a bit like celebrating Christmas alone in a glossy shopping mall fast food restaurant, but that’s probably to be expected when you make a “reskin” of the ultra-shallow Branded Megaways slot.
Technically, however, this game is actually pretty good. The math model is stronger than most Megaways titles, sporting a 40,000x potential with a solid £800,000 cap. The RTP of 96.2 % is a tad above industry average, and the volatility is a pleasant medium. The base game features leads seamlessly into the bonus round, where massive wins can be landed via the unlimited progressive win multiplier.
Multiplier wilds can combine into 8x boosts
Bonus round with locked 7 symbol reels and unlimited multiplier
Medium volatility and 40,000x max win potential
Max win cap is £800,000 (compared to £250,000, which is the norm)
Soulless seasonal reskin of Branded Megaways
If you enjoy Christmas Megaways you should also try:
VIP Branded Megaways - is the “hollow” template the game at hand has been built upon. The idea is that casinos can brand their own Megaways engine game, and many operators have followed suit. The features are all the same, but the volatility is a lot higher by default.
Christmas Carol Megaways - is Pragmatic Play’s seasonal reskin of their popular Rhino Megaways, and you will benefit from up to 200,704 win ways here. Double your chances of triggering the bonus round via the Ante bet, and win up to 20,000x your stake.
Big Bad Wolf Christmas Special - is a very nicely done Holidays reskin of Quickspin’s award-winning breakthrough game. The Wolf looks mighty scary in that Santa outfit, and you can blow down the little piggies houses for payouts up to 1,268x your stake.
Christmas Megaways Slot FAQsWhat is the Return to Player of Christmas Megaways slot?
The game’s payout percentage of 96.2 % is a tad above the industry average.
How volatile is Christmas Megaways?
The volatility is medium here, which makes this a less brutal affair than many other Megaways titles.
What is the biggest win possible?
You can win up to 40,000x your stake, and the max win is capped at £800,000. This is superior to most Megaways games out there. The norm is a 10,000x to 20,000x max win potential, with a £250,000 cap.
Is there a free spins mode in Christmas Megaways slot?
Yes, you can win up to 14 free spins, and any reel that lands with 7 matching symbols becomes locked at that height for the duration of the feature. You will also benefit from an unlimited progressive win multiplier that does not reset.
How many winning ways are available?
You can play with up to 117,649 win ways here, which is a fairly standard number for this engine.
Can I play Christmas Megaways for free?
Yes, you can test the free Christmas Megaways demo game at the very top of this page (UK player must verify their age before they can play). You will also find plenty of casinos that are confirmed to carry this title up there.