After a year of remarkable success in the crowded online casino world, Push Gaming has prepared a special gift for the festive season. The young game studio caused an uproar in the gaming industry in 2018 with some splendid slots that players genuinely like to play. Jammin’ Jars, Wild Swarm and Fat Rabbit, all stormed into the casino lobbies and favourites list since their release.
For the existing and soon-to-be Fat Rabbit fans, they have produced a special edition called Fat Santa which has a distinct difference to the original. While the developer kept the random feature and the free spins round, they are introducing for the first time a “Buy a Feature” option on this slot. Players can stake 80 times their bet to instantly trigger the free spins round. While that should please especially the impatient among slot players, it also adds a layer of volatility to the game play.
That said, Fat Santa is clearly trending towards high volatility, capable of payouts of up to 6,405 times the stake in the free spins. The rather generous RTP of 96.45% will help to avoid quick busts. The slot has a 5×5 game grid with 50 fixed pay lines. Spinning the reels will cost 0.25 to 25 credits. Mobile players will be pleased that the game is available on any device, including desktop computers, thanks to the HTML5 format.
Graphics and Visuals
Like on most slots for the festive season, there is a jolly, colourful feel to the design in Fat Santa. The lush greenery from Fat Rabbit has been replaced with a wintry scene filled with snow-capped mountains, trees and log cabins. The semi-translucent game window is populated with typical Christmas symbols and characters. A relaxed festive soundtrack will please our ears throughout our gaming sessions.
All pay symbols except Santa and scatters can appear in super stacks. Christmas baubles in forest green, light green, brown and red colours, marked with the card suits, are the low-value symbols. They are joined by gift boxes, a snowman, a moose and an elf. The top and wild symbol is Santa. Christmas pies are the second wild symbol as well as the scatter symbol on this slot. Hitting five on a pay line will award wins from 1.6 to 20 times your stake.
The Random Santa’s Sleigh Feature
The Santa’s Sleigh feature can be triggered randomly at the start of any spin. He will elegantly steer his sleigh full of Christmas pies through the screen and drop a random number of them onto the game grid. Every position where they land will turn into a wild symbol for the spin.
Fat Santa’s Free Spins Feature
Fat Rabbit fans will know how the feature works. However, Santa will be devouring delicious Christmas pies instead of the rabbit eating carrots. Hitting a Santa symbol on reel one plus one or more wild pie symbol on the other reels will award 5 free spins. During the feature, Santa will move to any position where a pie lands on a free spin and eat it. The first level will see him grow to a 2×2 size after devouring four pies, while also awarding three extra free spins. He will need to eat five pies to advance through the next levels with two extra spins being added on each level-up. The more he devours the bigger Santa symbol is growing, up to a size that fills the entire game window, which will pay exactly 1,000 times the stake.
A Festive Verdict
Fat Santa is a great addition to the existing list of Christmas-themed slots. While being a near 100% clone of Fat Rabbit, it does offer the newly introduced feature buy option which will be welcome as it is sometimes pretty hard to trigger the free spins in normal play. What’s more, the win potential with up to 6,405 times the stake is surely high enough for some pleasant festive surprises.