Travel to the North Pole for a jolly reel session on the slot from Stakelogic. Mystical Santa Megaways is the first-ever Christmas-themed slot with the immensely popular game engine that the developer is using under a licence agreement with Big Time Gaming. Santa will greet you on a festive reel set with cascading symbols, reactive wins, standard and multiplier wilds, elves that will randomly grant you one of four Christmas gifts and a free spins round with progressive multipliers that can lead to wins of up to 9,720 times your stake.
Mystical Santa Megaways is a cascading video slot with six reels, up to 7 rows and up to 117,649 ways to win. You can join Santa on desktop, tablet or mobile devices from 0.20 to 40.00 credits per spin. The RTP of this medium to high variance game is set at 96.114%.
Using dynamic reels, the number of ways from 324 to the maximum is randomly determined for a spin sequence by selecting between two and seven pay symbols for reels one and six as well as two to six pay symbols for reels two to five. Plus, the extra reel at the top of the game window with four positions, extending from reel two to five, will spin more symbols appear in every round.
Wins are then paid for adjacent symbols from left to right only. The symbols from a winning combination are part of a reaction which will see them explode to make room for new symbols to cascade into place. This will continue as long as a new winning combination occurs after a reaction allowing you to win repeatedly in a single spin. Wins are accumulated from all cascades and paid before the next spin sequence starts.
The graphics and visuals come with all that you can expect from a festive slot. A snow-filled scene with at night is in the background is completed with Santa’s reindeer sleigh passing the full moon on his way to deliver Christmas gifts and surprises. The reels are ornamented with mistletoe leaves while Santa, elves, reindeers and baubles will all make an appearance during the gameplay. The scenery changes to the inside of a cabin room filled with presents and stockings hanging above a wood fireplace that is spreading light and warmth.
The pay symbols start at the low end with the full set of card royals from 9 to A, carved from gingerbread and decorated with the usual festive ornaments. They are complemented by snowmen, reindeers, elves and Santa. The latter is the most valuable, paying the Megaways usual 50x your bet for a single six of a kind.
Two wild symbols can land on the reels. A red bauble marked with the word itself is the standard wild, substituting for all regular pay symbols. The second wild can appear marked with a multiplier of x2, x3, x5 and x10. Hitting more than one will multiply the values. However, only those landing in a winning combination will be awarded. Lastly and very fittingly, a Christmas tree acts as the scatter symbol.
While Santa is the prevalent figure in the title and on the reels, the gameplay and features hinge on the ever hardworking elves. And there is plenty of gifts and surprises on this slot just like you expect to find under a Christmas tree.
It all starts with Mystery Gift Boxes when an elf randomly appears on any spin in the base game or free spins. Opening the box will reveal one of four modifiers that will be applied to the current round.
The gifts could become more valuable when you land four or more scatters in view within one spin sequence. Four will get you 12 Free Spins while any further will add +5 free spins. Hitting three or four scatters in the extra reel during the feature, will award an extra +5 and +10 free spins respectively.
While the Mystery Gift Boxes can trigger on any free spin, it is again up to the elf to make it a magical bonus round. The win multiplier will start at x1 and will increase by x1 every time an elf appears, no limits. Any pays with a multiplier wild will be multiplied by the current round multiplier.
Well, there you go, the first-ever Megaways slot with a Christmas theme. While there are dozens of other festive slots available, this is the first festive game players can enjoy with the popular BTG engine. And StakeLogic went to great length to include twists and surprises to give us entertaining sessions that would see us return to the game even well after all the Christmas frenzy has ended. The win potential is not the highest we have seen on Megaways slots, but well sufficient to fill any stockings.