Jingle Bells Power Reels: Slot Overview
Joining the festive rush is Red Tiger’s Christmas themed slot Jingle Bells Power Reels. Some developers go for the standoffish approach so as not to offend the non-Christmassy folk, others like Red Tiger, have rammed in clichés like a stuffed turkey. The result is game which captures much of the Christmas mood, mainly via Santa himself and the greeting card visuals. If the game feels familiar, it’s because Red Tiger has bunged the Power Reels mechanic on an older game, Jingle Bells (2015). Along with the big reel setup/low payline combo, players get more or less the same features which starred in the original.
If nothing else, the view has improved since the first Jingle Bells. Here you’ll find the massive 8-reel, 40-payline grid set in a living room surrounded by a roaring fireplace, a fully decked out Christmas tree, and other miscellaneous trappings. A jingling soundtrack accompanies the scene, which ends up being quite an inviting one. Sure it’s as stereotypical as it gets, but one that many players will be able to relate to as well. If you want the Christmas spirit, aesthetically at least, Jingle Bells Power Reels is about as good as it gets.
The game is available on any device, offering stake options ranging from 10 p/c to £/€10 per spin. Default RTP is alright on 95.78%, and the potential is higher than it typically is in a Red Tiger game. Hitting it will be a challenge because although Santa plays a role in most of the extras, it can feel like he shows up as often as in real life, that is, once a year. The features can be quite effective though at conjuring up decent wins, utilising the considerable space Power Reels has to offer. Red Tiger has rated the volatility at 5 out of 5 or is as high as gets from the studio, a little at odds with its warm looks.
The festive shenanigans continue on the paytable which reveals 10 in-theme pay symbols. They start with 10 to A card icons, which Red Tiger has designed in a Christmas font that flows like an elf’s shoe. Next are the higher paying symbols - candy canes, stockings, decorations, stars, and bells. All symbols need at least three of a kind to win, except for the premium bells, which will pay out on two of a kind. As to rewards, 8 of a kind is possible, where the premium symbols are worth 3.5 to 15x the bet. At times, there can be a ton of wilds on-screen during certain features, so full screen wins may be on the cards.
Following on from that point, the wild gift symbol is the most valuable one in Jingle Bells Power Reels, being worth 25x the bet for 8 of a kind. Usually though, it’s doing its other job of substituting for any regular pay symbol to complete a win.
Jingle Bells Power Reels: Slot Features
Randomly on any spin, Santa may crop up to activate one of the following extras:
- Mega Wilds appear at random on any spin where Santa pushes a big 5x6 sized wild symbol onto the reels for a guaranteed win.
- Whenever Santa shakes the Christmas Tree Star, a multiplier is awarded and applied to the next win.
- Occasionally, Santa tiptoes across the slot, throwing presents onto the reels, landing as 1x1 or 2x2 sized wilds. This feature also guarantees a win. Winning Reels are created when Santa spreads some of his magic on the grid. This action removes all low pays from the reels, so only highs land for a guaranteed win.
The final feature is the bonus game where 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, or 8 scatters in view award 8, 11, 14, 17, 20, 23 free spins. During free spins, all extras listed above trigger more frequently, thus increasing both the hit rate and the potential for big wins. Moreover, 3 scatter symbols trigger 5 additional spins with 3 more spins awarded for each scatter symbol over the 3 minimum required.
Jingle Bells Power Reels: Slot Verdict
If you’re okay with the Power Reels concept in general, then there is no reason why Jingle Bells Power Reels won’t entertain on the day. Alternatively, if the mechanic doesn’t sit right, and there are several reasons why this might be so, then not even Santa’s jolly smiling face will win you over. The criticisms aimed at other Power Reels slots apply just as much here as anywhere else. The main one being all those reels and so few paylines is making the game feel off. It can work in your favour if a stack of wilds land in the features to light up the reels, but most of the time, you’re hanging in small segments of the grid.
Another concern is while features are useful, they are rarer than you might expect as most seem saved for the bonus round. At least, it was during testing. Stacks of spins would go by without a hint of the man in red showing up. Sure, some games are like that, but something to consider before firing up Jingle Bells Power Reels is don’t expect to see Santa too often. When he does, the game moves things up a notch or two. Raining Wilds stacked up quite well, while the elusive Mega Wild could be decent too. Free spins are your best bet as usual for getting the most out of Jingle Bells Power Reels, where respectable wins of up to 6,544 times the bet are possible.
All up, Jingle Bells Power Reels is a solid enough Christmas game for those after a big reel Xmas fling. If Power Reels aren’t your area of interest, it probably won’t hit the spot, in which case there are a ton of other slots in the stocking to choose. Otherwise, the potential is decent, as are the features, when they get around to triggering, so Jingle Bells Power Reels might suit players after a highly volatile, atmospheric experience.
Jingle Bells Power Reels is full of charm and atmosphere, but the giant grid/low payline combo makes “Power Reels” come across as both awkward and unnecessary.