Let It Snow: Slot Overview
Players need to exchange their board shorts and flip-flops for cold-weather gear to take on Let It Snow from developer Hacksaw Gaming. The clothing change is prompted by the move from warm island life to a frigid, snowy mountain covered in pines. In plain English, Let It Snow is a clone of Cash Compass, made to entertain players over the Christmas end of the year. Don’t expect a clone with a twist. Let It Snow is a straight forward reskin, bringing all the pros and cons of Cash Compass into Saint Nick’s domain.
Using a cluster pays system, Let it Snow is played on a 6x6 grid, dropping in 36 cute symbols on each spin. Like Cash Compass, Let It Snow is geared towards mobile gaming and looks great on the smaller screen. A sort of grown up’s version Candy Crush where matching symbols don’t just level you up but can lead to significant wins. Hacksaw has zeroed in on this specific angle, and their games have a distinctive look about them. This applies to Let It Snow which is attractively basic, much like an iPad demo game, say Sky: Children of the Light, or something similar. There's plenty of Christmas spirit here - a classic winter scene surrounds the grid, which is further enhanced by a bunch of Christmas themed symbols and an insanely jaunty soundtrack which would make even the Grinch crack a smile.
Let it Snow’s math model is identical to the one found in Cash Compass where some big numbers are involved. The most impressive is potential, which never fails to surprise on these cutesy Pocketz range slots. RTP is nicely above average on 96.42%, while volatility is high. Players can celebrate a win more often than once every four spins due to a hit frequency of 26.02%; though there is no cascade/reaction feature in any phase of the game.
Playable from 20 p/c to £/€100 per spin, players need to land 6 or more matching symbols connecting anywhere on the grid for a winning combination. There are 9 symbols to cluster - 4 low pay, 4 high pay, and 1 special spreading symbol. This is where a bit of Christmas spirit invades the game, starting with low pay candy canes, bells, decorations, and socks - the classic Xmas gift. Next are Christmas trees, gingerbread men, snowmen, and Santa. The most valuable clusters from this lot are made up of 15+ symbols worth 60 to 130x the bet. At the top of the paytable is the wreath symbol. Clusters of wreaths up to 30+ are possible, worth 1,000x the bet. Wreaths are also the spreading symbol, with a special property covered below.
Let It Snow: Slot Features
Keep an eye on the big compass positioned above the grid which is activated when landing 5 spreading symbols (represented by a wreath). After any wins are awarded, the needle on the compass spins and stops, pointing in a random direction. Wreath symbols on the board then multiply to spread in the direction the needle points for a second win evaluation.
The red wrapped gift icon is the scatter symbol where 3 on the board award 10 free spins. Once in, extra spreading symbols are added during free spins, triggering the compass feature whenever one lands. Other than that, the free spins round operates in the same way as the base game.
Finally, the blue wrapped gift box is the bonus symbol, triggering the bonus game when 3 land on the grid. The bonus game consists of a bonus wheel with 8 sections. The player gets up to 50 spins. Every time the hit marker comes to a stop at a particular section of the wheel, the displayed multiplier is added to the total and the multiplier of that section is increased to the next level. All multipliers start at 1x and can increase to 10x, 25x, 100x, and finally 250x. The feature continues to play until 50 spins are reached, or the needle lands on the skull segment.
Let It Snow: Slot Verdict
If you’ve played Cash Compass, everything barring the graphics and the music is the same, so you’ll know what to expect from Let It Snow. If you haven’t tried Cash Compass yet, let’s break it down. The main drawback is because the majority of symbols aren’t worth much, unless features kick in, Let It Snow can get chip away at your patience. Spins fly by with little to no action taking place, making you rue the decision to omit any form of cascade mechanic.
On the flipside, features can change the game in a moment, often completely out of the blue. For example, the compass can turn five losing wreath symbols into something special should it point in the right direction and a decent number positions are transformed. The same applies to the bonus game, which is ultra-simple, but no less enjoyable when the multiplier is adding up. Like Cash Compass, it might come as a surprise to learn Let It Snow is capable of producing wins as high as 7,400 times the stake.
Another unexpected star of the show is the soundtrack. It is one of the most Christmassy tunes you’ll hear in a slot and could be the thing which makes it or breaks it for players. The music during the bonus game is good too, very subtle, yet very effective at building tension. That sentence pretty much sums up what Hacksaw does best.
Since there is nothing Let It Snow does that Cash Compass doesn’t there is no reason to play this one over the original. The choice comes down to whether you want to pretend you’re lying on the beach or trekking through a blizzard when stuck inside with family members on Christmas day. Otherwise, the experience is identical.
Let It Snow’s charming presentation and approachable mechanics make it one of the more welcoming Christmas themed slots of this year, though the cloning factor takes away some of the excitement.