Santa’s Village is going to be available at all Habanero casinos, starting with the winter of 2017, which means that it’s going to be played by anyone that’s looking for a slot machine with a traditional Christmas inspiration in its design. The game, which is created by Habanero, has the advantage of being extremely well designed and I can see it becoming a favorite for a lot of people.
3 active lines appear to be included on the 5 reels used in Santa’s Village. The game has good payouts to give away, even some of up to 7,500x, in theory translating into up to $150,000 cash. You have inside wild symbols, a Map based bonus game, Santa Free Games, Sleigh Free Games and Sticky Re-Spins.
Betting and Prizes
The game will use the equivalent of 15 lines for its bets, but the wins will be coming from matching symbols that are on the same row. This basically gives the player only 3 active lines. There are several ways that you can increase or decrease the bet value in this game, but using the number of active lines to do it isn’t among them. On the other hand, the game will feature the option to change the bet level, increasing it up to 10 if you wish to. There is also the coin value to modify, which should go up to $2 during regular gameplay. Wagers in Santa’s Village will fall within a range of $0.15 to $300.
The rewards that are paid in this game can be quite generous, giving back to the player up to 7,500x what the line bet was that spin. With a line bet of up to $20, that could mean a jackpot of $150,000. As you might know, all slot machines from Habanero also have access to progressive jackpots, but their value isn’t very high, and the fixed payouts seem to be much better choices. The RTP of the game seems to be on the high side, announced by the developer at 96.70%.
Santa's Village Slot Features
In a slot machine, symbols are rarely all created equal, and here there are a number that stand out. Among these symbols, players will discover the Gift, as a substitute that can be used by the game in any regular combo. There is also a way for this symbol to pay you directly, and that’s when it occupies all the positions of a line, so there is no regular symbol to take the lead. In that case, a payout of 7,500x is offered by the wilds.
Santa can be used in several ways. One of them is as a regular symbol that is forming combinations and paying up to 5,000x when this happens. At the same time though, you will discover that Santa’s presence will trigger the Map feature. Each triggering Santa symbol moves the Santa character on the map by one position. Directions are chosen at random, if they are available to Santa. Additional features are triggered in the map mode, if Santa stops on a blue dot, while red dots will make him move further.
There are two types of free games offered, called Santa and Sleigh. 12 free spins are given in both cases, but with different extra features. A third option involves the use of Sticky Re-spins, but this one benefits from 12 free games as well.
Theme & Design
The traditional Christmas is the one that we’ve all grown up loving and looking forward to, and so it’s no big surprise that most slot machines are modeled after it, including this one. With the reels being placed inside a house, in front of a fire, the symbols appearing on them are of gifts, Santa, reindeer, decorations, globes, candles, candy cane, but also a couple of golden poker card letters.
I found Santa’s Village to be one of the most enjoyable slots of its kind, at least out of those that are being released for 2017’s holidays.