Santas Wild Ride is an online slot game created by Microgaming that features 5 reels and 243 pay ways in place of standard slot game paylines. The 243 pay ways feature is a common addition to many of Microgaming’s online slot games, and works by counting any matching reel symbols that appear on adjacent reels as a winning combination. The game has a cheerful Christmas theme that is centred on a quirky version of holiday season icon Santa Claus, who in place of a sleigh rides a motorbike. Along with Santa are some other interesting characters and typical seasonal mealtime fare.
Santas Wild Ride offers wild and scatter symbols, as well as a bonus symbol and a free spins feature during which players can choose from stacked wilds, expanding wilds and trailing wilds.
Game Play and Graphics
The game is set in a snowy mid-winter scene with reels covered in festively coloured Christmas lights. On the reels are Santa and his motorcycle, along with his beautiful assistant Holly, his trusty elf mechanic Bill and a number of treats one might leave out for Santa on Christmas Eve, all decorated with holly leaves and berries to emphasise the game’s holiday spirit. The reel symbols are not animated, but their quality and vibrancy makes up for their lack of individual movement. The game’s graphics are festive and colourful, being cartoonish but at the same time detailed and well designed.
The reel symbols in Santas Wild Ride online slots include Santa himself, his motorbike Rudy, his assistant Holly, Bill the elf mechanic and a ‘North Pole’ road sign. There are also festive symbols depicting Christmas puddings, mince pies, Christmas cookies, sandwiches and mugs of beer.
Wild Symbol and Win Multipliers
The ‘Santas Wild Ride’ logo is the game’s wild symbol, and can substitute all other game symbols except for the scatter and bonus symbols. Any wins created with a wild will also be increased by a 2x, 3x or 4x win multiplier. Furthermore, if a wild-containing reel combination and a regular winning combination appear on a single pay way, players at the best casinos online will be awarded wins for both combinations.
Gift Boxes Bonus Symbol
The gift boxes symbol serves as the Santas Wild Ride bonus symbol. The gift boxes appear only on reels 2 and 4, and when one appears on either of these reels, players will be awarded a free gift bonus prize.
Scatter Symbol and Free Spins Feature
Santa’s motorcycle keys are the game’s scatter symbol. Landing 3 or more motorcycle key scatters will activate the game’s free spins bonus feature. During this feature, players will be awarded an initial 25 free spins as well as a 2x win multiplier.
Players can also choose from 3 different wild features during the free spins. These choices include stacked wilds, expanding wilds and trailing wilds. Stacked wilds appear stacked across all of the reels during the bonus feature, expanding wilds expand to cover the entire reel and trailing wilds create a trail of wild symbols as they slide down the slot reels during free spins.