Santa’s Big Bash Megaways: Slot Overview
Imagine being Santa and inadvertently overindulging on Christmas Eve then having to deliver presents to the entire world the next day. Talk about soldiering on through the pain. We’re pretty sure the big man wouldn’t do something like that, though, keeping a clear head for all the good boys and girls and saving himself to go wild on Boxing Day. This is presumably the premise in Iron Dog Studio‘s slot Santa’s Big Bash Megaways. Bash here being slang for a celebration or party, rather than an assault on his elven workforce. This seasonally scoped slot is full of traditional Christmas imagery set alongside traditional Iron Dog features such as free spins with locked reels and a progressive win multiplier.
Well, someone’s been partying in Santa’s Big Bash Megaways, evidenced by the copious numbers of open or empty bottles lining the bottom of the screen. Champers, fizzy grape juice? Players’ choice here how they want to celebrate the season. Other points of interest include a fireplace roaring in slow motion, a bauble adorned Christmas tree, and loads of wrapped wreath action going on. Altogether, a traditional scene, a little stereotypical, but hey, it’s Christmassy. It’s also pushing out some decent numbers while doing the holiday thing. RTP weighs in at 96.04% when playing the normal game, rising as high as 96.23% for one of the feature buys. The volatility and max win are both high, so there are sizeable rewards available here.
Playable from 20 p/c to £/€100 per spin, pressing play spins the 6-reel game panel, each reel holding 2 to 7 seven symbols each. Since Megaways runs the show, ways to win vary on every spin from 64 to 117,649. Actual winning occurs when matching symbols land left to right from the first reel, regardless of row height. Symbols are super seasonal, too; even the lightbulb covered 10-A royals, as well as the premium pixies, gingerbread people, Scrooge lookalikes, elves, and Santa, who is getting into the spirit by pouring himself a drink. Wrapped gift tiles are wild, appearing on reels 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6 to substitute all paying symbols.
Santa’s Big Bash! Megaways: Slot Features
Usually, the focus on a Christmas tree is what’s underneath it, but in Santa’s Big Bash Megaways, it’s the baubles you want to keep your eye on. Consecutive tumbles, Magic Baubles, and Rudolph the Reindeer modifiers can help players progress.
The tumble feature pops winning symbols off the panel, replacing them with new symbols from above them on the reels. If this creates a new combination, the tumble process repeats, ending when no new wins hit.
Keep an eye out for the Magic Baubles which only appear on tumbles during the base game. Up to 3 of them can appear – each symbol adds 1 to 3 positions on the free spins trail (see the free spins section for more info).
Rudolph the Reindeer
If Rudolph appears in the base game, he can award up to 3 additional wilds on tumbles, up to x5 multipliers on winnings, up to 3 positions on the Christmas tree, or a single respin without losing the Christmas tree position. If Rudolph shows up in free spins, he can award up to 4 additional wilds on tumbles, up to x3 to the global multiplier, or up to +4 additional free spins.
The Christmas tree next to the reels contains a number of baubles that light up following consecutive wins. Each new paid spin resets the trail of lights back to the beginning. However, if at least 8 positions are lit, free spins are awarded, like so:
- 8 positions award 8 free spins.
- 9 Positions award 9 free spins.
- 10 positions award 10 free spins with a starting x2 multiplier.
- 11 positions award 11 free spins with a starting x2 multiplier.
- 12 positions award 12 free spins with a starting x3 multiplier.
- 13 positions award 12 free spins with a starting x3 multiplier, with a greater chance of Rudolph appearing.
During free spins, a global win multiplier is introduced, which increases by +1 after each tumble. Also, if 7 symbols land on a reel, the reel is locked at that height for the remainder of the feature. When reels lock, +1 additional free spin is awarded. If you land 4, 5, or 6+ consecutive tumbles in the bonus game, +2, +3, or +4 additional free spins are awarded.
Buy Free Spins
If you are able to buy free spins, there are 7 options to choose from, costing between 70x t0 250x the bet depending on the number of spins and starting multiplier you want.
Santa’s Big Bash! Megaways: Slot Verdict
Iron Dog got into the Christmas Spirit for this one. Each minutest detail has something to do with the special day, from the wholesome look to the entwining of features with the bauble trail to trigger free spins. Cleverly, the way Iron Dog has hinted at Santa’s partying side gives Santa’s Big Bash Megaways enough of an edge to stop it from being a completely corny Christmas card experience.
Gameplay wise, Iron Dog hasn’t expended too much of their creative juices for such a seasonal slot. The bauble trail is possibly the most original thing about Santa’s Big Bash Megaways, though consecutive cascades leading to free spins isn’t a new concept. In fact, Iron Dog used a similar system in their first Megaways slot Pirate Kingdom. Locking reels 7 positions high in free spins was also used in the earlier pirate game as well, to good effect, and locking several reels at that height can be pretty exciting. Rudolph’s modifiers are handy too when he frolics onto the scene, though his blackboard is a little dull. Maybe a bit more colour would have spiced this part of the game up. The final piece of the puzzle is potential, and Santa’s Big Bash Megaways doesn’t disappoint as it is capable of producing wins as high as 25,000x the bet.
Of course, being so theme specific is a double-edged sword because will many people be playing Santa’s Big Bash Megaways on Boxing Day when Christmas is done and dusted for the year? Probably a sight less than before or on the day. As an online slot warm-up for Xmas, though, it’s got just about everything you could want.
Ultimately, Santa’s Big Bash Megaways is a chain store Christmas slot that gets the job done without being exceptional in any way.