Crabbin for Christmas

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Crabbin' for Christmas: Slot Overview

Players keen on enjoying crabs for the holiday season, and not of the itchy crotch kind, would do well to join in as we trawl for marine life in Blueprint Gaming's slot Crabbin' for Christmas. Or, as the game's maker calls it, 'Shelling out for a claw-some Christmas.' Very good, and even more helpfully, Blueprint Gaming has laid out the game's family tree, which lists Crabbin' For Cash and Crabbin' For Cash Extra Big Splash. Now we've got Crabbin' for Christmas. Surprisingly, Crabbin' for Christmas is not a straight clone of those that came before it. Oh sure, there are crossovers coming in from multiple angles, but there's also new stuff. Relatively new stuff, ish, kinda, maybe.

Set at sea, it looks like Santa hit turbulence when delivering gifts and lost a few of them over the side. That or some kid who was going to get the PS5 they'd been good all year for lost it at bedtime and did something bad enough to be bumped onto the naughty list. Christmas lights also adorn the sea floor, in a scene that isn't overly Christmasy in a traditional sense, but a Santa fisherman fellow is here, as is a twinkling Xmassy soundtrack. Good enough to wade deeper in.

Crabbin for Christmas slot
Crabbin for Christmas slot - base game

The wading kicks off when a stake of 10 c to $/€20 has been selected for either individual spin gambling or bonus buying. There are two bonus buys available; further details on what you get will be supplied soon. Bobbing about in the water is Crabbin' for Christmas' game grid where 3 symbols land on each of the 5 reels, and 10 paylines are used to calculate winning combinations. With its medium/high volatile math model, Crabbin' for Christmas spits out a default RTP of 95%, though lower settings are available.

When the crabbin' part of the bargain starts kicking in, it might be easy to forget about regular line wins, but some of the payout values aren't too shabby. For example, landing 5 of any of the Crustaceans, hats, life rings, traps, or anchors pay 20 to 200 times the bet. As per usual, royals are the least exciting of the lot, triggering a payout of 5 to 10 times the bet for a 5 OAK hit. Wilds help connect winning lines by substituting for all pay symbols but only appear during free spins. As wilds are present on all reels, they have the same payout value as the anchor.

Crabbin' for Christmas: Slot Features

Crabbin for Christmas slot
Crabbin for Christmas slot - Lightning spins

Now for the fun stuff and hitting 3, 4, or 5 scatter symbols awards 10, 15, or 20 free spins, respectively. During free spins, each wild symbol that lands collects the cash value of any Crustacean symbols in view. Depending on the type of Crustacean symbol, the individual values are 1x to 50x the bet. In addition, landing a Golden Fisherman wild symbol collects the Crustacean values but also multiplies them by up to x10. When either wild symbol hits, it is collected as well. For each 4 wilds collected, the lowest paying Crustacean is upgraded to the next size up. Moreover, +5 extra free spins are awarded when Crustaceans are upgraded too.

Lightning Spins

Landing 6 or more Crustacean cash symbols awards Lightning Spins. It starts with 3 spins with the triggering Crustaceans locked in place. Other positions may land Crustaceans, Fisherman symbols, or valueless present symbols. Landing a new Crustacean symbol resets the spin count. Also, getting a Crustacean displaying the Mini, Minor, Major, or Mega Cashpot is worth 10x, 25x, 100x, or 2,000x the bet. If a regular Fisherman symbol hits, it sticks and collects all cash values in view. A Gold Fisherman landing multiplies all cash values in view (including other Fishermen) before collecting all cash symbols and locking in place, then resetting the spin count. Filling all of the positions awards a total win multiplier of up to x5.

Bonus Buy

Players may buy the regular bonus for 75x the bet, which may trigger free spins or Lightning Spins. For 180x the bet, you can buy free spins or Lightning Spins, where all Fisherman symbols are golden.

Crabbin for Christmas slot
Crabbin for Christmas slot - free spins

Crabbin' for Christmas: Slot Verdict

We used the word new in the intro, but that appears to have been wishful thinking. In a nutshell, Crabbin' for Christmas might be summed up as Crabbin' for Cash Extra Big Splash with a rudimentary hold 'n win round tacked on for, dunno, lols? Lightning Spins aren't bad, actually. They've been spotted before in one form or another in DOND Lightning Spins and Limerick Lightning, for example, but it's not an exceptional bonus round either, though maybe we should be grateful Blueprint Gaming has put in more effort than just cloning something. Then again, it wouldn't be a major shock to find out Crabbin' for Christmas has been built off another slot based on sea creatures that had been lurking under a rock we're yet to cross paths with.

It's possible, and we've said it before, but Blueprint Gaming are ninjas at chopping, changing, and repackaging parts from slots in their portfolio to create something new, something redone, or something essentially the same. Crabbin' for Christmas is a textbook example of putting a game together with bits from all over, like a Mr Potato Head toy. But let's put away the grumbling for a moment and look at the bright side. Crabbin' for Christmas is about as entertaining as numerous other cash symbol collecting at sea style slots are. It's got a max exposure of 2,500x, and numerous ways of potentially scoring a win, plus a Jackpot version to be on the lookout for. It's jolly, it's somewhat Christmassy, job done.

So no, Crabbin' for Christmas wasn't the most thrilling Christmas slot reviewed this year, or any other, but it's not bad. If a bit of hold 'n win action, a Cashpot element, free spins, cash symbol collecting, and crustaceans at Christmas time is on your very specific list of things to do, then Crabbin' for Christmas should help cross it off.


A Frankenstein’s monster of themes and mechanics brings together to forge an okay crabbing game.

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