Admittedly not as many people love rap music as there are that love Christmas, but Microgaming thought they’d take a punt anyway. Gift Rap slot combines the two perfectly, and although we are reviewing in February, an open mind and a love for sweet lyrics made us plough on with the test.
Presented over the standard 5 x 3 format with 25 paylines and a host of extras, this is a slot with a curious, if a little seasonal, appeal. Rap your way to rewards with the slot that says ‘no’ to sticking to traditional dates, and ‘yes’ to brazen yuletide celebrations mid-June.
Looks like there’s a merry time to be had
Some cracking bonus features within the game will keep you entertained and provide some nice wins. Get three or more Rapping Jack Frost symbols to activate the Gift Grab bonus feature, should they land scattered at random across the reels.
Once into the feature the screen will be taken over with gifts instead of the reels, you then pick boxes one by one to find a secret reward inside. Stumble across Rapping Jack Frost again though and the Gift Grab bonus will end.
You have a scatter spray symbol in this game, a rare addition to online slots but potentially lucrative. Get at least three at random over the reels and see some nice wins. Another active symbol, the Wild Bauble (yep, actually called that) helps you to form winning lines with ease as it substitutes the other symbols, like a traditional wild might. Like a wild however, it wont substitute the Rapping Jack Frost or Scatter Spray symbols.
It seems that boxing up, packing and wrapping presents all year is far less exciting for elves than it is for the world’s three-year-olds, and they sometimes just need to take a fucking break. They do that through rap. So with Jack Frost as their conductor, they’re let loose, making for a great soundtrack and all round festive fun.
In Bath, UK, there’s a shop dedicated to Christmas open 365 days of the year, and that’s fine by us. However, towards the end of February, when the winter has battered you to beyond a smile, the very last thing you want to do is sing along to Christmas songs as you feed your hard earned money into an online slot.
There is however, a strange part of the mind that will always love Christmas, and secretly always wants it to be the glorious day. It’s this part of the brain that has no issue at all with dropping some serious coin into the slot, because a positive mind will reap its rewards. Play Gift Rap at the right time of the year though, and it’s probably set to be one of the best you might come across.
Words: David Bailey-Lauring