Happy Holidays Online Slot by Microgaming Review
Happy Holidays — a video slot with a 3X5 game screen, 5 reels and 243 ways of generating winning combinations. The slot by Microgaming features the Scatter and Wild symbols. The slot also features a bonus round with free spins and the Frosty Feature bonus option. It is themed to Christmas. The maximum payout for a winning combination is 3,000 credits.
Game rules of the Happy Holidays slot
This slot is available in the demo version of the game. Coins and credits are used as game units in the slot. However, the slot does work 100% like the full version.
Currency denomination system
The slot has two types of in-game currency — coins and credits. The bet per line is displayed in coins. Payouts and total account are shown in credits. You can set up the value of one coin by clicking the '-' and '+' buttons of the Coin Size section and choosing from the following figures: 0.01, 0.02, 0.05 and 0.1 credits.
Further, to describe the gameplay and payouts for winning combinations of symbols we will use the coin cost of 0.1 credit. Click the Demo Coins/Credits button to switch the game currency. Your balance is 2,000 credits at the beginning of the game.
Setting the bet values
The slot has no common paylines. Instead, the slot uses 243 ways to form winning combinations. The cost of this option is: a line bet of x30.
Use the - and + buttons in the Coins section to choose the bet per line in a range of 1 to 10 coins. The value of this figure affects the rewards for winning combinations.
The total bet for a spin is in the Bet section. It is calculated by multiplying the line bet by the coin value and x30 multiplier. The cost of one spin is 10x0.1x30=30 credits with maximum values of settings.
You can adjust the total bet with the '-' and '+' buttons of the Bet section. The Max Bet button sets the maximum value of this setting.
The Win info section displays your win for the latest spin. Click this section to open Win History with the Top's and Recent tabs. The first section displays the highest winnings of the slot, the second one shows the history of your wins within the ongoing session.
Starting the game
The Spin button starts a single reelspin with the set value of the bet. By clicking it again the reels will be stopped. The spacebar has the same function as the Spin button.
The Auto Play button opens the menu of the automatic game. In this slot the automatic mode is of three types:
- 10x, 25x, 50x or 100x — a launch of the preselected number of auto spins
- Until stop — the auto spins mode with the manual stop using the Stop Autoplay button
- Custom — the settings menu with the possibility to adjust the right number of auto spins and to set the variants of stopping the autoplay
Click the Pays section in the top right corner of the game screen to open the help menu. There you can find the main game rules, the paytable, the guidance of bonus round and bonus game. Once you change your line bet, the values in the paytable will be automatically recalculated and displayed in credits immediately.
A winning combination must consist of three or more identical symbols landed on neighbouring reels. A combination must start with the leftmost reel. Only the largest win on the line is paid.
Symbols and multipliers of the Happy Holidays video slot
The descriptions of payouts for winning combinations are based on a line bet of one coin to make the calculation easier. Your total bet will be 3 credits.
Scatter is the picture of a Christmas bauble tree decoration. If 3, 4 or 5 of these symbols land anywhere on the game screen, they activate the bonus round with ten free spins. In addition, 2, 3, 4 or 5 Christmas-tree decorations earn you 3, 6, 30 or 300 credits.
The Wild symbol is the picture with the name of the slot — Happy Holidays. This is a universal symbol that can replace almost every type of symbol in a winning combination. Scatter is the only exception. A winning combination of 3, 4 or 5 Wilds earns you 5, 30 or 150 credits.
A combination of 3, 4 or 5 ordinary symbols generates you the following winnings in credits:
- The plate of Christmas Cookies or a gingerbread house — 0.5, 1.5 or 5
- A turkey or Christmas Stocking — 0.7, 3 or 10
- A Christmas tree — 1, 4 or 20
- Children on sleighs — 1.2, 4.5 or 30
- A snowman with children — 1.5, 5 or 40
- Children with presents — 2, 6 or 50
- Santa Claus with a child — 3, 15 or 80 This is the highest paying ordinary symbol featured in the slot. The combination of 5 pictures of this kind will earn you a win of 800 credits when your line bet is at its maximum
Frosty Feature bonus option
The Frosty Feature bonus option is triggered randomly during the regular gameplay. The only condition for activation is the lack of winnings for the latest reelspin. The low paying symbols are frozen on the game screen.
All remained high paying symbols — a Christmas tree, children on sleighs, a snowman, children with presents and Santa Claus with a child — earn you winnings in credits. The win for a snowman is given with the highest bet.
If during this option at least one Scatter symbol is on the game screen, the bonus round with free spins will be activated.
Free spins bonus round
The round is activated if three or more symbols of Christmas-tree decorations land on the game screen or at least one Scatter symbol lands during the Frosty Feature option. It involves 10 free spins that are automatically launched.
The game screen during free spins expands to 4X5. It means that each reel has four boxes now. This increases the number of the ways to generate winning combinations to 1024.
In addition, the symbol with a snowman gets the additional feature. It can turn into one of the high paying symbols to form a winning combination. The bonus round cannot be prolonged or restarted during free spins.
Happy Holidays — a slot with qualitative graphics level. Generally, low paying symbols often land during the gameplay. A wide range of bet sizes, a simple interface, the Frosty Feature option, a bonus round with free spins and expanding game screen are among the advantages of this slot.