The end of the year is almost here. Can you believe that 2023 has gone by in such a swift time period? It seems like only 12 months since it was the last few days of 2022…those are the sorts of things people say when December hits, right?
Well, instead of thinking about how quickly time is ebbing away, you can entertain yourself with December’s new slots.
We’re certain that they will start the advent period in the best way possible.
Christmas Catch (Big Time Gaming)
It’s always going to be the case that December is filled with Christmas-themed games. After all, the big day isn’t far away. Festive fun is to be had by all, and that could never be truer than in the Christmas Catch slot from Big Time Gaming. This six-reel slot operates with Megaways for you to benefit from, although this isn’t noted in the game’s title.
It’s a high volatility game, yet you can win in up to 117,649 ways on every spin. That’s due to the fact that up to seven symbols can land on each of the reels per round. Wins form when matching symbols appear on adjacent reels from the leftmost reel onwards, and you stand the chance of winning up to 31,430x your stake from Christmas Catch.
Bets of between £/$/€0.20 and £/$/€30 per spin are possible in the slot, and you can expect to see glittering graphics and animations running through it. The Christmas theme stands out perfectly, with stockings, Christmas trees, gold Christmas puddings and more showing up on the reels.
- Paylines/Ways to Win – Megaways
- RTP – 96.53%
- Max Payout – 31,430x
- Volatility – High
The Megaways feature of this slot release is just the first addition to it. There are many other perks involved alongside. Santa’s sleighs have the ability to appear and stop on top of the central four reels. Megaways cause reactions on every win, with symbols falling from the top into the gaps left by winning symbols.
Should sleighs fall into view, each reaction makes them move one reel to the left. Standard sleighs come with a 1x multiplier while golden ones have a 10x multiplier. On reactions, wrapped gifts may appear carrying cash rewards to benefit from, which can also be up to 10x. If you spin three scatter symbols into view anywhere, you receive 10 free spins. There’s also a gamble round involved for all that Christmas fun!
Majestic Wild: Power Combo (Aurum Signature Studios)
It’s time for something a little more majestic to come to the fore now, thanks to the efforts of Aurum Signature Studios. This game release, entitled Majestic Wild: Power Combo, utilises the theme of wild animals. Thus, upon its five reels you will see bison, grizzly bears, wolves, and other assorted creatures. They’re all in their natural habitat, expressed perfectly by the developer’s graphics.
As well as the five reels, the Majestic Wild release features four rows and 40 paylines to win on. You can also place wagers of up to £/$/€20 per spin, while the maximum win possibility in the game stands at 10,000x your bet.
You can see four jackpots on the left of the game’s reels too, which are up for winning during gameplay. Aurum has added a compelling soundtrack to Majestic Wild as well, while an autoplay function is also present.
- Paylines/Ways to Win – 40
- RTP – 94.25%
- Max Payout – 10,000x
- Volatility – High
During gameplay, you may see a wild symbol come into play, substituting for all basic symbols in the slot. The red ruby scatter symbol can trigger free spins, with five of those being on hand featuring nudging wilds and an increased number of ways to win – 100. The green emerald scatter can trigger 10 free spins with a chance to win a grand jackpot, while the yellow coin symbol can reveal a letter or cash prize. The latter is anywhere up to 10x your wager.
If you collect the letters G, R, A, N, D, you win the grand jackpot. In the same way, collecting letters to spell out the other jackpots see you win those. There is also a blue scatter, which can trigger five free spins with up to 10x multiplier.
Zodiac Lantern Tiger (Light and Wonder)
When most people think of rubbing a lamp, they think of a genie appearing from it thanks to the tale of Aladdin. Yet Light and Wonder (formerly known as Scientific Games) believes a tiger should be the central focus. That’s what it has put into operation in the Zodiac Lantern Tiger slot. Well, sort of, anyway.
The game comes with 50 paylines, which stretch across a five-reel, three-row layout, featuring enjoyable symbols. These exist in the form of scrolls, lotus flowers, drums, playing card additions, and more. Light and Wonder has also included a strong selection of inviting special features to enjoy.
In fact, Zodiac Lantern Tiger is a follow-up game to the Zodiac Lantern Rabbit release by Light and Wonder, which launched in October of 2023. There are many similarities between the two games, and it makes you wonder whether the developer is intending to focus on every animal in the Chinese zodiac.
- Paylines/Ways to Win – 50
- RTP – 95.87%
- Max Payout – 2,500x
- Volatility – High
A scattered yin yang symbol can show up on the central three reels of the slot, while the dragon symbol substitutes for other basic symbols as a wild. Landng six or more multiplier symbols will trigger the Hold and Spin feature. Lanterns will be awarded in this round – Credit Lanterns, Game-in-Game Lanterns and Glow Lanterns are possible.
There is also a gold version of the Hold and Spin round, triggered if a single gold multiplier symbol appears alongside the others. Three scatter symbols appearing triggers the free spins round, with up to 10 of these being possible. The wild becomes an expanding wild during this feature.
Nordic Kings (High 5 Games)
What better way to get into the Christmas, wintry mood than by travelling to the north of Europe? There, you’ll be able to join in with all the Viking fun, while the snow falls gently onto the plains. Of course, you’ll also have to make sure you do everything in regulation with the Nordic King, who will always be watching. He’s preparing for a battle of some sort, and you don’t want to be on the receiving end of a swing of his sword.
The five-reel, three-row slot from High 5 Games features a 96% RTP rate and offers 243 ways to win across its layout. The symbols on the reels are all Viking-themed, with a longboat appearing behind the reels to bring home the theme.
Matching three symbols on a way to win from the slot’s leftmost reel on to the right will trigger a winning payout as displayed on the paytable. The developer has also made sure to bolster the appeal of this game with its inbuilt special features.
- Paylines/Ways to Win – 243
- RTP – 96%
- Max Payout – 500x
- Volatility – Medium
High 5 Games isn’t a developer that can ever be accused of going overboard with special features in slot games. With Nordic Kings, you can experience a free spins round when three or more scattered longboat symbols appear on the central three reels.
You’ll get 15 free spins to play through in this round. Throughout the free spins feature, the symbol of the Nordic King himself is able to substitute in combinations as the wild, and he is also able to provide the maximum payout of 500x your bet. The base game wild is also the scatter symbol noted earlier.
Ding! Dong! Christmas Bells (Reel Kingdom)
Reel Kingdom has gone for the full Christmas theme with this online slot, entitled Ding! Dong! Christmas Bells. Now you can let the bells ring out for your Christmas cash while playing it. Featuring a standard five-reel, three-row layout, with 10 paylines across it, the slot will have you experiencing the festive cheer as soon as you play it.
The high volatility level of the game may make it more appealing for a high roller’s budget, but the entertainment value is present for everyone. Symbols on the reels come in the shape of different-coloured bells and candy cane-striped playing card additions from 9 to A. The game is also filled with stunning imagery in its background, providing a cheerful, Christmassy scene.
When you place your bets, you’ll be able to select from a range of between £/$/€0.10 and £/$/€250 per spin. You can also make use of the increased bet button on the left of the reels, pushing this to £/$/€375 per spin for a higher chance to trigger the slot’s feature round.
- Paylines/Ways to Win – 10
- RTP – 96.05%
- Max Payout – 2,100x
- Volatility – High
As you spin the five reels, you may also get to experience some of its special features. All the five bell symbols are assoicated with a single bell symbol atop the reels. Every time a bell comes into view, it sends musical notes to its corresponding bell above the reels, and randomly when this happens, free spins can hit.
Between 1 and 5 of the bell symbols can become wild during the feature, and each of them has a multiplier of 2x, too. Ding! Dong! Christmas Bells also allows you to purchase a Mystery Bell, which instantly activates the free spins round for 100x your current wager.