Santa’s Wild Ride is one of two new Microgaming slots released on December 7th 2010. It is a 5-reel slot featuring 243 ways to win, a wild symbol with a multiplier of 2x-4x, free gifts on reels 2 and 4, and a free spins bonus feature with three different options.
If a free gift lands on reel 2 and/or 4, it will pop open and reveal a cash prize. Free gifts are not present during free spins, and they are not multiplied by the wild symbol. So far I have seen anywhere between 150 to 750 coins awarded per gift when betting 150 coins.
The wild symbols award a random multiplier of 2x, 3x, or 4x when involved in a win.
When three or more scatter symbols land on the reels during a spin, you are awarded 25 free spins with three different options for the type of wild you would like, and all wins are doubled. You have the choice between stacked wilds, expanding wilds, or trailing wilds. Stacked wilds are what I find to be the best choice, the wild symbols are stacked three high on every reel, I’ve had the best luck with this option so far. Expanding wilds are OK, but I find the stacked wilds have a better chance of at least hitting one wild on a reel, and it’s a 243-way slot so the better chance of getting at least one wild on a reel is the better bet.
The trailing wilds are interesting, and I have had a bit of luck with them but nothing big yet. When a wild lands on a reel at either the middle or the top, it will slide down after the win is tallied and stay there for the next spin along with the original. After it can’t slide down any more, it goes away for the next spin. This has great potential since the reel can have a wild for up to 3 spins, and if other wilds land there could be some big wins.
Play Santa’s Wild Ride this holiday season at any of these great Microgaming casinos.