Graphics - 65%
Gameplay - 70%
Bonuses - 75%
Value - 35%
Whats not so hot?
Santa’s Wonderland from Pragmatic Play is an 8×8 Cluster slot with Tumbling reels. The jackpot up for grabs in this Christmas theme slot is a cool 7,500x your stake. Pragmatic Play doles out presents in the form of 5 Snowflake Modifiers. Moreover, every time you level up, you increase the Global Multiplier.
Real money slot studios are getting ready for the coming festive season. Hence the reason we’re seeing a bunch of slots with Christmas themes already. Santa’s Wonderland takes high variance play to the next level. To such an extent, the Whizz team rates it a 10’er on the volatility scale. Yeap, it’s that brutal. Either Santa showers you with riches or he’s off with your entire bankroll.
More importantly, Santa’s Wonderland has a Tumble Reel feature. During a winning combo, the matching symbols explode from the grid. New symbols replace them which makes chain wins possible.
Once you’re ready to hang with Santa. You can place your bets from $0.20 up to $100 per spin at the best casinos online in Europe. Remember, the online slot has a free-play version if you don’t want to risk your money just yet.
The return to player percentage or RTP of Santa’s Wonderland is 95.46%. The going is rough and it’s no secret that this Santa is one stingy dude. Now, Pragmatic Play did not include the hit frequency on the package.
We dig the grid slot because it’s huge, almost like Candy Crush. Besides, you need 25 or more symbols in a cluster for wins of 150x to 500x the stake. The symbols that appear on the grid enhance the theme. There are 5 snowflakes of different colours that lurk below the regular symbols.
When the Tumble Reel engine kicks in. The winning symbols disappear from the grid revealing a snowflake. Further, the snowflakes you collect go into a Clock Meter. When the Tumbles end, modifiers trigger up to 5 Modifiers:
Before you can trigger the Midnight Riches Progressive feature you need 140 winning symbols on a single Tumble. The bonus also whisks you through the various modifiers for even bigger wins. For every single win in the base game, the clock moves towards midnight.
In the Midnight Riches Progressive feature, the 5 Modifiers apply here too. The size of the multipliers you collect also hinges on the number of symbols:
If you don’t reside in the UK; you can activate the Midnight Progressive feature for 100x your stake. If your average bet per spin is $5. The feature buy option will cost you $500 to activate.
The testing phase of Midnight Riches Progressive was only 100 spins or 4 sessions. A session to us is 25 spins via the Auto Play feature. The slot is tight in most aspects but when the Tumble Reels get going that’s when the magic happens. The most tumbles we strung together were 8 for a payout of 25x the stake. Generally speaking, wins in the base game are okay.
The top Modifier we caught was the Blue Snowflake. We could not trigger the Midnight Riches Progressive feature manually, even within 100 spins. Unfortunately, we did not have the cash on hand to trigger the bonus option. Because the casino budget we allocated for the slot was just $100.
Our next stop was the free play mode. We were eager to see how things pan out when we use the Buy Option. We triggered the feature buy for a cost of $400. The payout we got was 150x our stake for 120 symbols with a 9x multiplier.
Our initial thought was that Pragmatic Play’s Santa’s Wonderland is another Christmas skin. We say so because the online slot looks similar to Gemz Bonanza. In hindsight, we like the different Modifiers and the Midnight Riches Progressive feature with the multipliers.
The jackpot of 7,500x is huge too. The only problem is that to trigger a bonus you need a slew of winning symbols. Understandably so, because it’s a high variance slot with an RTP that is below 96%. All, in all, Santa’s Wonderland is not in the same league as Betsoft’s Take Santa’s Shop. However, it’s not a bad slot to get you into that festive spirit.