Santa's Wild Ride

Santas Wild Ride Slot Machine

Santa's Wild Ride is a Christmas theme slot that Microgaming released in 2010. It's a 243 Ways game with a choice of three types of free spins. Hit three scatters and you can choose from expanding wilds, sliding wilds or stacked wilds on the feature.

Game Data

  • Type : 5 Reel + 243 Ways
  • Coin Sizes : 0.01 - 0.05
  • Maximum Bet : 150 coins
  • Jackpot : 800 coins
  • Wild Symbol : Yes
  • Bonus Features : Free Spins
  • Multipliers : Yes
  • Gamble : No
  • Volatility : Very High
  • Software By : Microgaming

Santa's Wild Ride Slot Machine Review

Released in time for Christmas 2010, Santa's Wild Ride is a Microgaming powered online slot which uses the 243 Ways line format. This format has become very popular offline with IGT's Multiway and Aristocrat's Reel Power games. Instead of lines all pays are left to right scatters.

The game has as you would expect a Christmas theme with symbols such as Santa's, Santa's Helpers and a variety of food symbols. Santa has switched from the standard reindeer transportation and moved a more modern motorbike which is a nice twist.

You can play Santa's Wild Ride in a selection of coin sizes ranging from 1 cent to 5 cents. The minimum bet is 1 coin which comes in at 30 coins per spin and covers all 243 ways. You can choose to bet between 1 and 5 coins per game or between 30 and 150 coins total.

Top jackpot is for five of the Wild logos which pays 800 coins. This might seem a bit on the low side but things improve on the free spins. The wild symbols are also win multipliers with a win with a wild either multiplied by X2, X3 or X4.

After the top pay for the wilds you have several mid level pays including 200 coins for five Santa's, 175 coins for five of the Holly symbols and 150 coins for five Elf symbols. All wins are multiplied by your bet per spin of up to 5. Of course there are more wins than these with a total of 36 winning combinations.

Santa's Wild Ride has two bonus features. The first is the free gift bonus. This is a reel based bonus where you get an instant bonus prize if you hit a gift box on either reel 2 or 4 or both. The pays for this are quite small but they do occur quite frequently which is always good to see.

The real money on Santa's Wild Ride is available on the free games. Get three, four or five scattered key symbols and you win a shot at the free spins bonus. Once activated you get to choose from one of three types of free spins. All options award 25 free spins with wins doubled. The only difference between the free spins is the way that the wild symbols work.

Option one is Stacked Wilds. This option adds stacked wild symbols to all reels for the free games. This means that you can get all reels wild for the maximum jackpot of 1,900,000 coins. The advantage of this feature is in our opinion the fact that the stacked wilds give you the best chance of getting five wilds even if all the reels are not wild (Screenshot).

Option two is Expanding Wilds. This options makes all wild symbols expand to cover the whole reel. Again this gives you the chance of getting all reels wild for the top pay of 1,900,000 coins. The advantage of this feature is that if you get five wilds on the screen you are guaranteed the top jackpot as all of the wilds will expand to fill the entire screen (Screenshot). Of course you still have to get five wilds on the screen

The final option is Sliding Wilds. This option is quite unique. When a wild lands on the screen it slides down the reels. This only occurs if you get a wild in the top or middle position. The wilds are then held until they reach the bottom of the screen. Again you can get a whole screen of wilds for the top jackpot. The advantage of this option is that the wilds can be held so you can get multiple big wins if the wilds turn up at the right time (Screenshot)

We always like to see something new and Santa's Wild Ride delivers on this with a range of free spin options. The 243 Ways layout and the fact that you can get a whole screen of wilds make this a game where you can win some serious money. If you are looking for a Christmas theme slot then this is one of the best games in this category.

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