Holiday-themed slot games are usually highlighted around the season of the holiday they’re based on. Christmas-themed slots tend to be most popular during the generic “holiday season,” between early November and the end of December. Deck the Halls is Microgaming’s most popular Christmas slot, though it is by no means the only game they produce that focuses on December 25th. Available coin denominations are small – credits can be set to $0.01, $0.02, $0.03, $0.04, or $0.05 each. But Deck the Halls is not a traditional penny game since it is uses an arrangement of five reels with bets available on as many as thirty pay lines per spin. That gives it a total wager range between $0.01 and $15 every round.
But since the game is set up (like many Microgaming titles with credit values of this size) to pay its biggest rewards during the bonus round, which is nothing more than the base game played with a series of re-triggerable free spins. The game advertises that players can win “up to 2,400,000 credits,” but that’s only true of play under specific conditions; during the bonus round when scatter and wild symbols line up exactly the right way. While penny bettors may see the low credit denominations and bet range and think this game fits their style of play, only bettors activating all thirty lines at the top credit size can earn the best payouts and other rewards.
No doubt some slots fans will play a game like Deck the Halls all year round, especially if they are big on free spins, scatter symbols, and the like – but the game is designed to be featured during the Christmas season. Plenty of Microgaming-powered online casinos host the title at all times of year, but it would be no surprise if the game saw most of its action in November and December.
A top fixed prize of 40,000 coins is a little bit deceptive, since even at the max credit size it is only worth a cash prize of $2,000. It is common for this designer to produce slots that encourage max bets by handing out large multiplied jackpots during bonus rounds and through the use of scatters and wild symbols. That is certainly true on Deck the Halls.
The wild symbol on this five reel holiday slot is the game logo itself, a bright red box labeled “Deck the Halls.” It substitutes for any symbol (except the scatter bells symbol) to form winning combos and doubles as a bet multiplier – all wild symbol combos are worth double the stated prize. The scatter symbol appearing two or more times on any line or any reel will pay out a special scatter prize – three scatters or more leads to the bonus free spins round. Ten free spins are played at a time; all wins during free spins are doubled automatically. That doubling combined with the doubled prize from wild symbols leads to huge multiplied jackpots, which are the most valuable prizes of the game.
Because the game’s biggest rewards come during the free spins bonus rounds, strategy here is all about making the game more enjoyable. There is no way to strategize that leads to more wilds, scatters, or free spin bonus chances. Instead, focus on establishing a credit value that is comfortable for your bankroll but still large enough to win fixed and multiplied jackpots that make the game worth your investment of time and of your finances.
Deck the Halls slot game made its appearance in mobile casinos near the end of 2012, which is hardly surprising given the slot's Christmas theme. Microgaming has taken extra time to make sure the game is compatible with the most popular handheld devices and that its mobile version is just as exciting as the original.
We can safely say they have succeeded in bringing the festive spirit to our mobile platforms, with the 5 reel 30 payline video slot featuring symbols like Christmas Tree, Christmas Turkey and colourful decorations. Ten free spins at a x2 multiplier are awarded when three or more Bells are scattered on the reels, with Deck the Halls logo stacked during free spins feature quadrupling your wins.