Microgaming's Santa Paws Video Slot Review

December 21, 2012

 

The holiday season is upon us, and Microgaming has a great video slot to help us celebrate. The Santa Paws video slot features a Christmas theme set in the North Pole. A polar bear version of Santa Claus is the main character of this game. However, this isn't just another Christmas-themed game. Santa Paws has some very generous features and a paytable that rewards players with several small and medium wins on a regular basis. This is a game that you will want to play no matter the time of year, but it's especially fun to play around the holidays.

This video slot allows players to bet on up to 20 paylines at the same time. Like most video slots, Santa Paws uses a five-reel layout with three symbols showing on each reel. Players can bet up to 10 coins at a time on each of the 20 paylines for a maximum bet of 200 coins per spin. Since coin sizes can be set from $0.01 to $0.50 each, this means that the minimum bet at Santa Paws is $0.01 per spin, but the maximum bet is an enormous $100 per spin.

As you would expect, the Polar Bear symbol is the wild symbol in Santa Paws since he is the title character. Five of the wild symbol on an activated payline will get you a solid jackpot payout of 4,000 times your line bet. The paytable is fairly balanced after this jackpot with a number of small and medium payouts that help to give this game a medium volatility when compared to similar video slots. You won't have to worry about as many long, crazy swings with Santa Paws.

The Penguin symbol is a scatter symbol in this game. Even though it gives you some nice payouts on its own, it's also the key to getting the free spins bonus feature. Get three or more of the Penguin symbol on the reels at the same time, and you'll be given a set of 12 free spins. Every single win during the free spins will get a random multiplier between 2x and 7x. On top of this, the Whale symbol becomes an extra wild symbol to give you better chances of getting the biggest wins. You can get a 28,000x line bet win in the free spins bonus round for five of a wild symbol on the same payline. This is the largest payout available in the game.