Betsoft have done it again, this time with a slot themed around the famous Dickens story, ‘A Christmas Carol’. It’s a great looking game, with a Victorian Christmas feel – a candlelit room with the man himself in residence, looking out over a sleepy town as it takes a light dusting of snow. Nice Christmas ‘feels’ aside though, does it have the ability to cheers up the most miserable of Scrooges?
Here we have a 5x3 slot with a modest 25 fixed paylines. Dickens’ protagonist, Scrooge, sits to the left of the reels in his pyjamas, candle in hand; and it’s here where he has his visions of Christmas ghosts when you’re lucky enough to land them.
A winter’s tale
The theme is strong, giving plenty of scope for related features. Those who know the story will be aware of the three Christmas ghosts, past present and future; they are all here in some form or another, handing out chances and prizes.
The high-value symbols here include Scrooge himself, a gold belt, some coins, a pile of presents and the sign from above the door of Scrooge Bank. Lower value symbols are the standard playing card icons. The wild comes in the form of a cooked turkey, slightly odd but innkeeping with the general theme of Christmas, if not this book. It replaces all other symbols except the ‘ghost’ scatters.
Features, spins and wilds: The ghosts of Christmas
Let’s go a bit further into the details of these three ghost features. Based on the ‘ghost of Christmas past’, ‘the ghost of Christmas present’ and ‘the ghost of Christmas future’, these scatters - coloured in blue, green and gold - will activate the features; this can be done infinitely.
The ghost of Christmas past visits Scrooge when you get three of its gold symbols, bringing with it 3, 6 and 12 free spins for 3, 4 and 5 scatters respectively. You have a win on every spin.
The ghost of Christmas future will drop by if you get three or more green symbols, he brings 3, 6 and 12 free spins for 3, 4 and 5 scatters, also giving a win on every spin.
The ghost of Christmas present joins the party if you get three or more of the blue symbols, he’ll do a bit of ghostly magic turning all other ghosts on the reels to wilds, with wins then being calculated before the standard game resumes.
You also have the chance to gamble any of your standard game wins, just click ‘double-up’ to get taken to a 50/50 gamble feature – be careful though, you could lose it all… then again you could double it!
A Christmas Carol video slot is a great looking slot, with Chistmassy graphics and some nice animations. It’s fairly straightforward to play, with a theme that lends to a range of quirky features. The classic tale by Charles Dickens is a great base for any slot coming out around the Christmas season.
It pays well when it goes, although we did find ourselves waiting rather a long time to get any kind of feature to activate. One for the beginners we think, and using smaller increments just to get a feel for it, but certainly worth a shot.
Words: David Bailey-Lauring