Ghosts of Christmas Slot Machine
Having spawned tonnes of films and TV shows, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol has now inspired a slot game, in the shape of the five reel, three row and 15 payline Ghosts of Christmas.
Including images of and features inspired by the well-known story’s principle characters, Ghost of Christmas also provides generous jackpots, wild substitutions, scatter wins and free spins amongst its most notable elements.
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Ghosts of Christmas Review
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- Instantly recognisable and yet truly unique when it comes to slot games, Ghosts of Christmas’s them is fun and interesting.
- A top payline jackpot of £500,000 at the highest bet level is one of the most generous you’re likely to find anywhere.
- Wild substitutions, scatter symbols, free spins and three different bonus rounds help to make gameplay really immersive.
- An impressively wide selection of staking options are provided for each spin.
- The slot’s theoretical return to player percentage of 92.33% is on the low side, and suggests it is comparatively difficult to leave Ghosts of Christmas ahead.
- Payouts below the top jackpot are comparatively much lower in value.
Before you get to the free spins and bonus rounds, Ghosts of Christmas is a classic and traditional five reel slot. As such, that main game’s top jackpots are achieved when combinations of five matching symbols line up along an active payline.
The most valuable five symbol combination of all, is one including five of the slot’s Scrooge wild symbols. Such a combination returns to the lucky player a jackpot worth fully 10,000 times their chosen line bet. That means that if they select the maximum line bet of £50, the payout will be a massive £500,000.
Borrowing all sorts of characters and elements from A Christmas Carol, Ghosts of Christmas’s additional game features include wild substitutions, scatter wins, free spins and three different bonus rounds.
Scrooge Wild Symbols & Substitutions
The Ghosts of Christmas wild symbol carries an image of Scrooge himself and can appear on any of the slot’s reels. When it does, it can substitute for all other symbols – except the scatters and bonuses – in order to make up the most valuable combinations possible.
Marley Scatters & Free Spins
Showing off an image of Marley, Scrooge’s deceased business partner, the Ghost of Christmas scatter plays two roles. Firstly, if two or more appear anywhere, instant wins of differing sizes are triggered. Secondly, three or more of the symbols can trigger up to 15 free spins, all of which will benefit from a three times multiplier.
Ghosts of Christmas Bonus
If three or more of the Ghosts of Christmas bonus symbols line up on an active payline, one of three different bonus rounds are triggered. Those bonus rounds are themed for the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future, and all involve selecting a number of items in order to reveal cash prizes.
Just like the two special symbols discussed above, the Ghosts of Christmas regular symbols also include images of characters and scenes from A Christmas Carol. As the slot’s name may suggest, the three most valuable symbols are those featuring images of the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future.
A five symbol combination of the ghost of Christmas past symbol returns a jackpot worth 500 times the line bet. Five of the ghost of Christmas present symbols, meanwhile, pay out a jackpot of 400 times the bet per line and five of the ghost of Christmas future symbols return a 200 times payout.
Ghosts of Christmas excels when it comes to the range of staking options it provides to players. Anywhere between 1p and £1,000, in fact, can be wagered per spin. In order to alter the amount they wish to bet, players can change the number of active paylines and the size of their wager per payline.
Anywhere between one and the maximum of 20 paylines can be activated for each spin, whilst line bet options extend from a minimum of just 1p to a maximum of £50.
What We Think
Perhaps most attractive during the festive season, there are enough good things about the Ghosts of Christmas slot to keep players coming back all year round.
Its unique and innovative theme, to begin with, sets the slot apart from the crowd and makes it really memorable. That theme, too, is really well used to add even more fun and interest to the game’s additional features like its bonus rounds and free spins.
As well as making gameplay more immersive, those features also serve to boost winning potential. They perhaps do not boost it quite as much as one may imagine, however, as the game’s relatively low theoretical return to player percentage is its major drawback.