Christmas Carol Megaways

|Pragmatic Play|2020-11-26|RTP: 96.48 %
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Celebrate the festive season with a joyful recount of Charles Dickens’ famous novel on the slot from Pragmatic Play. Christmas Carol Megaways brings the charm and characters of the 1843 novella to a set of dynamic reels featuring cascading symbols, reactive wins, an Ante Bet option and a free spins round with unlimited multipliers and retriggers that can lead to wins of up 20,000 times your bet.

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Slot Details

Christmas Carol Megaways is a cascading video slot with six reels and up to eight rows as well as 324 to 200,704 ways to win. Available on desktop, mobile and tablet, you can bet from 0.20 to 100 credits per spin. The game has maximum volatility (5/5) with an RTP range between 96.47 – 96.58% depending on whether the Ante Bet is activated or Bonus Buys are used.

Thanks to the Megaways engine there are virtually unlimited combinations of rows and ways to win, which makes each spin a unique event. The number of ways is randomly determined at the start of a spin sequence by selecting between 2 and 7 pay symbols for all main reels. Additionally, the game has an extra reel at the top of the game window with four positions, extending from reel two to five, where more symbols appear on every spin. A small display in the top right corner will show the current number of active Megaways.

To score a winner, you will need to land two to six matching symbols on adjacent reels from left to right only. The symbols from a winning combination will set off a chain reaction and disappear to make room for new symbols to drop into place. This continues as long as a new winning combo occurs after a tumble, potentially letting you win again and again in the same spin sequence.

Charles Dickens wrote ‘A Christmas Carol’ in 1843, portraying an elderly miser called Ebenezer Scrooge who turns into a friendlier character after he is visited by the ghost of his former business partner and the spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Future. A wintery scene of London alleyways is in the background of the large Megaways game window which in itself is dominated by the characters from the novel.

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The pay symbols start at the low end with the card royals from 10 through to A, awarding 1x to 1.5x your stake for a single six of a kind. They are followed by spirits from the novel – Ghost of Christmas Past, Ghost of Christmas Present, Ghost of Christmas Future – as well as Bob Cratchit and Tiny Tim. Hit six across the reels to win 1.5x to 50x your bet. Ebenezer Scrooge is the wild symbol, appearing in the horizontal reel only and substituting for all regular pay symbols while a golden pocket watch acts as the scatter.

Christmas Carol Megaways Slot Features

Pragmatic Play is forging ahead with the use of the Megaways licence, although on this occasion they went for a clone of one of their existing titles. Slot connoisseurs will instantly recognize the similarities to Great Rhino Megaways, which was the debut Megaways game from the developer in April 2020. Well, it didn’t take long to see the first clone which is not a new phenomenon nor necessarily a bad thing, especially when the original is a popular game.

Christmas Carol Megaways Bonus Picker

While you can score big wins purely because of the sheer amount of ways, the most potential to reach the cap of 20,000 times bet lingers in the bonus round. Having four golden pocket watch scatters in view at the end of a spin sequence will trigger the Free Spins feature with four options to choose from. The game will lead you to the selector screen, allowing you to choose any option on each occasion.

  • High Volatility: 5 free spins with an x10 starting multiplier
  • Medium Volatility: 10 free spins with an x5 starting multiplier
  • Lowest Volatility: 15 free spins with an x1 starting multiplier
  • Mystery Choice: Click on the mystery tile to see the game randomly choosing 5, 10 or 15 free spins and an x1, x5 or x10 starting multiplier. Be lucky and get 15 free spins with the x10 starting multiplier or unlucky when only five free spins with the x1 starting multiplier are revealed.

Each extra scatter landing on the triggering spin will add +4 free spins to the amount from the picker round. During the feature, scatters appear on the main reels with three on a spin awarding +5 free spins, no limits. The main attraction though is the unlimited win multiplier. It will start at the selected value and increase by x1 after every winning reaction, again, no limits.

The Ante Bet is also included on this festive version of their Megaways debut. You can activate it before the start of any spin in the base game, costing you an extra 25% on top of your default bet for which the game adds more free spin scatters to the reel strips. The feature buy option cannot be used while the Ante Bet is active.

Lastly, the Bonus Buy option will allow you to purchase a free spins feature for a one-time bet of 100x your default stake (restricted in some jurisdictions). Simply hit the button and confirm to see the game launching a spin that will guarantee to land at least four scatters on the reels before leading you again to the selector screen.

Final Verdict

Barely four released Megaways slots and Pragmatic Play is presenting us already with their first cloned title. Christmas Carol Megaways adds nothing new to the fray, although it delivers solid gameplay with a respectable win potential of up to 20,000 times your bet. Chances are that those liking Great Rhino Megaways will be pleased to spin the reels on the festive sibling too.

Last Update: 29th October 2020

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