Carol of the Elves
Join the friendly Santa helpers for a joyous reel adventure on the slot from Yggdrasil Gaming. Carol of the Elves is their contribution to the holiday season, mirroring their 2017 creation Valley of the Gods. Respins, extra lives, win multiplier and up to 3,125 ways to win can lead to wins of up to 5,800 times your bet.
|Deposit Bonus||100% up to €100 + 200 Bonus Spins|
|Extras||200 Bonus Spins at 20/dat|
|No Deposit Offer|
|Bonus available||Valid until further notice|
|Time to meet requirements||30 days|
|Operator||1UP Entertainment BV|
|Max bet size||€5|
|Deposit bonus||No limits|
|No deposit max cashout||N/A|
|Deposit Bonus||40 X Bonus|
|Free spins||No wagering|
Carol of the Elves is a video slot with five reels and an initial 1-3-5-3-1 format with 45 ways to win. Scoring consecutive wins will unlock the blockers and gradually increase the size up to a 5-5-5-5-5 format with 3,125 ways. Wins are awarded for three to five matching symbols landing on adjacent reels from left to right only. You can play the festive reels on desktop, mobile or tablet from 0.10 to 150 credits per spin. The game has medium volatility with an RTP of 96.20% and a hit frequency of roughly 1:4.5 spins.
The dusty Egyptian desert and godly statues have been replaced with a joyous set-up featuring festive decorations, scattered presents and not to be missed, two friendly elves. The game window is set against a window partially frozen with ice crystals that serve as blockers. The will unlock at various stages of the gameplay. A festive soundtrack rounds of the slot design.
The pay symbols start at the low end with the card royals from 9 through to A, awarding 1x to 1.75x your bet for a single five of a kind. They are followed by cartoon-style snow hares, snow foxes, polar bears and reindeers. Hit five across the reels to win 10x to 20x your stake. There are neither wilds nor scatters on the reels.
Carol of the Elves Slot Features
Quelle surprise! We have another developer taking the lazy road once again and cloning an existing slot for the holiday season. On this occasion, Yggdrasil Gaming has chosen Valley of the Gods and slapped festive graphics onto the UI. All other aspects are unchanged but since we never reviewed the 2017 original, here’s the rundown as to what’s on offer.
Core to the gameplay is the respin feature with an expansion mechanic. It activates when you hit a win in a spin on the default game window in a 1-3-5-3-1 format with 45 bet ways. The game window will open up blocked positions in a random pattern equal to the number of symbols in the winning combination and gradually increase as the reels respin at no extra cost. The expansion will start after the first win and continue until you either trigger full open the reels or no new win lands on a respin. In the latter case, the game window will be reset to the default and the total win is paid.
Once all blockers are destroyed, you are awarded one extra life. Ice flowers emerge from winning orange or red/pink symbols and are collected towards the extra lives meter with the red elf on top. You can increase your lives collection by one for every 5 collected red ice flowers. One life is deducted on a losing respin, keeping the feature going until you run out of lives.
The second part of the feature is the Win Multiplier. It starts at x2 once the game window is cleared of blockers and will increase by x1 for every five collected green and blue winning symbols, no limits. The green elf on the left of the screen will help you to keep track of your collection. A new multiplier is applied to any win on the following respin. The feature ends once you have no more lives and no win lands on the respin.
Admittedly, I am no big fan of Valley of the Gods, hence, my rating might be slightly biased, although the sequel Valley of the Gods 2 is more to my liking. The new graphics on Carol of the Elves do little to convince me otherwise, nor the fact that Yggdrasil took the lazy road for their Christmas release. The gameplay is not all bad and it can deliver sizeable wins, maxing out at 5,800 times your bet.