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Tis the season to be jolly. So why not get into the festive spirit even more and play Christmas Megaways™ by Iron Dog Studio. That's right you can feel the full force of the Megaways™ engine with a Christmas twist. So picture 117,649 paylines, cascading reels, up to 40,000x in wins, and this all being nicely wrapped up with a xmas theme that makes you want to drink egg nog, and sing Christmas carols all night long.
Sound good to you? Well now you know a little about what the game is and who it's by, let's delve a little more into those features and discover what they are all about and exactly how they work. Will this slot turn out to be the perfect gift this xmas? Time to find out in our full slot review and free play demo of the game.
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The theme to the game needs little introduction, with Christmas coming to life on our screens. The setting for the slot is picturesque and shows us hills covered with snow, as presents are scattered around with the beautiful night sky shining down. Upon the festive reels we find the low paying symbols on the game which are the royal cards 10 through to the ace. Premium value symbols are baubles, candles, jewels, hearts and diamonds, with pays reaching up to 50x for a 6 of a kind win.
With the magical Megaways™ mechanic pulling the strings on Christmas Megaways™, it means the number of paylines are going to vary on each spin. With it's format of 6 reels and up to 7 rows of symbols that can appear on them, the slot can spin in anything between 64 - 117,649 paylines.
When it comes to the Return to Player Percentage, Christmas Megaways™ has an RTP of 96.20%. This is basically the average that we see across the Megaways™ catalogue of games as a whole, so represents good value for those who choose to have a few spins on it.
Although it's bordering on being a medium variance game, we've put the slot in the high volatility category. In layman's terms, this means that the wins are little less likely to come when you're playing, but if they do, there is every possibility that they could be a high multiple of your placed bet.
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The layout to Christmas Megaways™ is very easy to navigate, even for somebody that is new to online slotting. All of the usual options are there for you to peruse, which include the paytable, game rules and the choice of whether to use autoplay or not. Once you're ready to start playing, you just need to select your bet, with options ranging from €0.20 - €20.00 a spin.
One of the main factors to Christmas Megaways™ is that it features cascading reels. These play a huge part in how the game works in triggering the feature, as well as playing a pivotal role when the free spin bonus is active. But firstly what is this mechanic and how does it work?
Well, whenever you form a winning connection of symbols, those symbols that were involved in that win are then removed from the reels. As this leaves spaces behind, they will need to be filled, so for this to happen new symbols are dropped down from above. This is going to of course give you more chances to create wins, and the more wins that you can hit the, longer the cascades will go on. Once you get to the point where it is no longer possible to make a win, then a new spin will need to be initiated.
A nice little extra to keep a look out for is the x2 wild symbol in the base game. Not only do these symbols multiply any wins, they can also stack on top of each other to create even bigger payouts.
As we mentioned in the previous section, the cascading reels are key to triggering the bonus feature, with you needing to hit a series of 4 consecutive cascades to be awarded 8 free spins to begin the feature with. If you can continue to get cascades past the 4th set, then you can reach up to a 14 free spin feature trigger.
The bonus round begins with you having a win multiplier in place that has a starting value of x1. As you're likely aware from other Megaways™ Slots in the series, this multiplier can be increased through hitting a successful win, with each winning reaction incrementing the win multiplier by further x1. But there's more to this bonus round than just this standard Megaways™ feature.
Christmas Megaways™ also includes Iron Dogs unique reel locking modifier. This kicks in when 7 symbols land on one of the reels, with that reel then only capable of landing 7 symbols for the duration of the bonus round. It will also give you an additional spin to add to your total each time that this happens, so it's even more chances for you to win.
Extra spins can be awarded through hitting enough consecutive reel cascades. If you manage 4 cascades, then 2 extra spins will be added, with each cascade thereafter also awarding 2 extra spins.
Iron Dog Studio have steadily added to their portfolio of Megaways™ Slots over the years, with their main contribution to the series of games being the branded Megaways™ slots, of which Christmas Megaways™ is a clone. Although Iron Dog have stuck to this tried and tested format of slot, it is still quite an enjoyable concept to the Megaways™ engine and one that we enjoy playing.
The absolute key to success on this game is to get the reels locked in at 7 positions. If you can get some luck and enough of these are in place, then you might start to have a little chance of getting near the 40,000x top prize.
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