Santa is a video slot created by Pragmatic Play, following the journey of the world’s most famous jolly old man! Every year, he tirelessly wanders through the night, dropping off gifts for good boys and girls. With this game, you get to go behind the scenes, and see exactly how old Saint Nick pulls it off! And you’re treated to a few special features along the way: jackpots, Wilds, and free spins galore! That is if you’ve been good this year..?
The graphics are decent. They can’t compete with NetEnt just yet but give PragmaticPlay a year or three, and they might get close. We love the effect of falling snow in the background image. It’s not at all taxing on your hardware, but it perfectly sets the mood.
The symbol design is great! It’ll get you in the Christmas spirit before you know it. Even playing card royals, the most generic icons out there, put on their best costumes to celebrate! You can also find candy canes, bells, rain deer and elf symbols on the playing field. Santa is the Wild, a Christmas tree is the Scatter, and a boxed gift is the Bonus icon.
How to Play
This release is played on a 5x3 board with 20 fixed paylines. The user interface follows the same layout as all previous Pragmatic Play slots. It’s quite easy to navigate, but we’ll guide you through regardless!
The large spin button, shaped like the developers’ own logo, is what you press to make the reels move. Alternatively, Santa offers an Autoplay function, which allows players to force the game to do all the tedious spinning. You can change your total bet by pressing the plus and minus buttons on the sides of the Spin button. Gamblers can stake between $0.20 and $100 for each spin.
To win, collect three or more identical symbols in consecutive positions, from left to right only. Winning combinations must follow one of the 20 active paylines, or else they will not count. The rules are slightly altered for Bonus and Scatter icons, which have to be in specific positions to activate special features.
Strategy & Tips
It wouldn’t be Christmas without presents and the Pragmatic Play’s release prepared a wonderful one for us! Collect three gifts on the first, third and fifth reel to be taken to a separate screen. Here, there are twelve boxes with cash prizes and a guaranteed fixed jackpot. The jackpot can range between 10x and 250x.
Find three Scatters on the second, third and fourth reel to win six free spins and win a 2x cash prize. During extra turns, there’s a chance that Wilds will fully cover the second, third, fourth and fifth reel. This Wild invasion is completely random, so you could go through all six spins without seeing it once. You can’t trigger the jackpot bonus or win additional free spins while the special feature is being played.
There are no visual or mechanical differences between the desktop and mobile versions of Santa. The slot features a slightly different layout on phones and tablets, to make it easier to control via touch screen.