Santa’s Wild Ride Online Slots
Santa’s Wild Ride is a Christmas-themed slot with a unique twist. Santa Claus must deliver all his Christmas presents but he is not riding his usual sleigh drawn by reindeers in this game. Instead he is riding a motorcycle. In this fast paced video slot game, Santa is still a rather fat, cheerful old man with a long beard, but he also wears riding goggles and a helmet.
The elves have pointy ears but instead of wrapping Christmas presents, which is their job in traditional Santa Claus stories, they are helping to repair Santa’s motorcycle. The presentation and graphics are excellent, with symbols that are fitting to a modern-day, slightly rebellious Santa theme. This slot is not a traditional Santa Claus slot game and one should not expect the traditional Christmas symbols, however, there is still plenty of Christmas spirit to be enjoyed while playing Santa’s Wild Ride.
Gameplay and Symbols
Santa’s Wild Ride by Microgaming software developers consists of 5 reels and 243 ways in which to win. This means that the winning combinations do not need to be on a specific payline but instead can be anywhere on 3 or more of the reels as long as they appear from left to right. The exception to this rule is the scatter symbol.
The higher paying symbols include Santa on his motorcycle; Mrs Claus, who is portrayed as a younger blonde woman with tattoos and who also wears a helmet; elves with tools in their hands and the North Pole.
In preference to the usual playing card symbols there are symbols that have more of a Christmas feel, such as a Christmas pudding, a sandwich, beer, mince pies and biscuits. There is a wild symbol that substitutes for all other symbols to complete winning formations as well as being the jackpot symbol. The wild symbol is the Santa’s Wild Ride logo.
The scatter symbol is the bunch of keys. When 3, 4 or 5 of these symbols land on the reels, you will be rewarded with a payout that is 5x, 10x, or 50x your initial bet respectively. Not only will the scatter symbol award you with higher payouts, but it can also trigger the free spins bonus round.
Special Features in Santa’s Wild Ride
There are 2 bonus games in Santa’s Wild Ride. Firstly, there is the free spins bonus round. This game is activated when 3 or more of the key scatter symbol lands on any of the reels during a spin. When this occurs you will be rewarded with 25 free spins.
Added to these free spins is a 2x multiplier as well as an additional special feature which you get to choose. The first special feature is the stacked wild feature, which means that when the wild appears on any of the 5 reels it will appear stacked up to 3 symbols. Secondly, there is the expanding wild feature, which means that the wild symbol will expand to make the whole reel wild. Lastly, there is a trailing wild feature. The wild symbol will turn any symbol it touches wild. When you choose one of the features, it will be in play for all 25 free spins, and you cannot change it until the next time you trigger a free spins round.
The second bonus in Santa’s Wild Ride is the free gift bonus prize. When Santa’s special gift symbol appears on either reel 2 or 4 then you will instantly win a random bonus prize in the form of cash.