There will be magic on the reels this festive season on the slot from Play’n GO. Xmas Magic will surprise you with some extra gifts such as wild substitutions, stacked premium symbols, high line pays and a free spins round with increasingly bigger wild stacks that can lead to wins of up to 4,000 times your bet.
Xmas Magic is a video slot with five reels, four rows and 50 variable pay lines. Wins are awarded for two to five matching symbols on a line from left to right only. You joyous reel ride on desktop or mobile starts at just 0.01 credits if you play on the smallest denomination with just one active pay line. For a spin with the full paylines, the bet sizes range from 0.50 to 100 credits. The game has maximum volatility (10/10) with an RTP of 96.50%. Some operators might opt for the lower RTP setting of 94.59%, always check the help file to find out which version you will be playing.
The first look at the graphics gave us the impression of a rather lazy design with not much festive charm. A wintery town in the Arctic region with snow-capped hills is the backdrop to the game window. The Aurora Borealis will light up the scene in the free spins round. The reels are held on a house wall with a dark brick background. Traditional Christmas items dominate on the reels while Santa will make an appearance as the scatter symbol.
Open the game to find the card royals from 9 through to A, awarding 4x to 8x your bet. They are complemented with typical Christmas icons – snowy glass globes, cups of hot chocolate, candy canes, Christmas stockings and mistletoe. Hit five on a line to win 8x to 20x your stake.
A gift box is the wild symbol, appearing on reels two to five only and substituting for all regular symbols. Santa Clause himself acts as the scatter, appearing on reels one to three only.
If you expected a flurry of features that will warm your cold winter days and have you buzzing for Christmas Eve, then you might be slightly disappointed with this Play’n GO creation. While they usually excel in adding modifiers and multipliers as well as random and bonus features to the gameplay, they opted to be the scrooge for this game.
All that the base game has to offer are 4-symbol high stacked mistletoe symbols that would yield a respectable 1,000x your bet for a full screen. Plus, you can look forward to a gamble feature where you can risk your line wins in a double-or-nothing dare, all the way up to 2,500 coins.
As for the rest of the time, you’ll be waiting to hit Santa scatters on reels one to three in one spin as it will trigger 10 free spins which can be retriggered once only for a maximum of 20 free spins. Two modifiers are available during the feature that could potentially have a significant impact on your winnings.
The wild symbol starts as a standard single symbol and on each spin, two more wilds are attached to the single wilds to create a progressively higher stack. On the tenth spin, you will be having 11-symbol high wild stacks on the reels, which in itself is not a guarantee for a win but it substantially increased the chances to hit a winner.
There is one more twist. Before the free spins start, the game will randomly select a second high-value pay symbol to appear in 4-symbol high stacks similar to the mistletoe icon. That’s it though with the festive surprises. The maximum you can win in an entire free spins round is capped at 4,000 times your bet.
Well, I am usually a big Play’n GO fan and love playing the games, but Xmas Magic conveys little reel magic. Stacked symbols and then bigger stacks in the free spins – that’s all for Christmas? And to top it all off they gave it maximum volatility, which means that many sessions won’t have a joyous end. Other developers might not make much more effort but then it wouldn’t need a lot more to better this creation. Santa vs Rudolf is such an example. Not superb but surely much more entertaining than Xmas Magic.