With Jingle Bells we get another Christmas slot, which was released just in time last year. Red Tiger keeps things rather classic with their offering. We’re inside a cosy home, the fireplace is providing plenty of warmth. A Christmas tree is decked out to the right-hand side and you see Santa Claus lurking on the left.
The reels show mostly Christmas decorations, which include candy canes, a star, baubles, bells, Christmas stockings and low value playing card symbols from 10 to A. The graphics are pleasant but unimpressive. The atmosphere is quite nice, though, which is what matters with a Christmas slot such as this one.
Jingles play whenever the reels spin, but otherwise it is quiet. We wouldn’t have minded the crackling of wood in the fireplace.
Anyway, the wild is the most valuable symbol and pays out 400 coins for 5 of a kind. The bells are worth 320 coins for such a win. The other Christmas decorations are all worth between 100 and 160 coins for 5 on a payline.
You can play this game from 0.10 to 100.00 per spin.
Thanks to Santa, this game never gets boring. Every few spins he will take a sneak from the left-hand side and most likely follow it up with a feature. He then walks across the reels giving us one of the following:
Additionally, Santa may dance along the reels and leave behind either three free spin scatters or three bonus symbols, triggering either feature.
The bonus game is a lovely version of a pick-me feature. The scene changes to a snow-covered landscape and a bunch of houses along a trail that Santa is about to visit. On the left-hand side, we get to choose among a bunch of sacks that tell us how many jumps Santa can make. He then proceeds to jump from house to house, increasing the multiplier with each jump. Eventually, we will click on a sack that gives us a few final jumps and then we must collect on the final multiplier he lands on. It’s charming and well done. The maximum multiplier you can reach here is 800x, which is just about the biggest win you can score in this game.
The free spins are triggered by three free spin scatters. We get 10 free spins and on each of those spins, one of the random features may be triggered as well. With a little luck, you will see all four features triggered at least once and it is possible to retrigger the free spins as well.
The theoretical RTP (Return to Player) of Jingle Bells is 96.18%, which is good value, especially for a slot that is not overly volatile. Indeed, the features Santa gifts us with are common enough to keep us winning regularly and to keep us playing.
This is definitely a fun little slot, even if it doesn’t look very impressive. But that doesn’t matter much. Santa himself is utterly charming and it’s always great to see him walk or skip across the reels. It usually means, a win is looming, which isn’t a bad thing either.
The free spins are almost unnecessary in this game, especially since we also have a bonus game waiting for us. In any case, it doesn’t get boring and whilst the wins are never outstanding, they are enough to keep as playing for a while longer.
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