Santa Paws Slot

Santa Paws

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Santa Paws slotSanta Paws is a cheerful Christmas-themed video slot by Microgaming and it has 5 reels and 20 adjustable paylines. But there are no elves, no nativity scenes and no Santa – instead, the slot takes players to the funny world of Arctic animals who are apparently celebrating the holiday with gifts, decorated trees and lovely cash prizes for slot players.

There is no shortage of Christmas-inspired slot games and compared to most of the latest Microgaming releases, Santa Paws has simpler, vintage graphics. The visuals, however, fit nicely into the animal theme and do not disappoint at all. The colors – plenty of green, red and white, of course, are bright, while the images are cartoonish and include Polar creatures such as a penguin, a snowy owl, and an Arctic hare. The 5×3 reel grid is surrounded by a lot of snow and ice, and players can hear the soothing splash of the waves of the Arctic ocean along with Christmas bells and authentic casino sounds. Santa Paws comes with the standard Wild and Scatter symbols, as well as free spins and multipliers.

The slot can be played with up to 10 coins in sizes from 0.01 to 0.50 credits. The minimum bet allowed is only 0.01 credits, while the maximum reaches 100.00 credits per spin with all 20 paylines activated.

Special Symbols

The symbols on the reels are large and at least 3 of a kind need to land on an active payline in order to form a winning combination. The lower-value icons that would also appear more frequently are playing cards from Ten to Ace, all covered in snow. They are followed by several Christmas-celebrating creatures such as the Arctic hare, the snowy owl, and the seal. The most valuable symbol in this group is the Arctic wolf who is also the local mailman delivering the animals’ letters to Santa. Players need at least 2 wolves to land on any of the lines in order to get a payout, while 5 wolves bring a wonderful win of 750 coins.

The three special symbols, however, are even more lucrative and the first one is the Scatter icon which is represented as the penguin. Players receive a payout whenever 2 or more penguin icons land scattered on the reels and if 3, 4, or 5 Scatters appear, they trigger the free spins feature. The Wild symbol is Santa Paws, the Polar bear who is the main character in the game. The bear icon substitutes for all symbols, except for the Scatter penguin. It also pays off the jackpot of 4,000 coins.

But there is a second Wild icon which appears only during the free spins. It is represented as an orca whale, called Rudolf, and just like Santa Paws, it replaces all symbols in winning combinations. It also offers a separate payout and when 5 Rudolf symbols fall on an active line during the free rounds, they pay 1,000 coins.

Santa Paws Slot Paytable
Symbol Two on a Payline Three on a Payline Four on a Payline Five on a Payline
10 0 2 12 150
J 0 3 15 175
Q 0 4 20 200
K 0 5 25 225
A 0 7 30 250
The Snowy Bunny 0 12 35 300
The Snowy Owl 0 15 40 400
The Seal 0 20 50 500
The Arctic Wolf 4 25 100 750
Rudolf 4 50 200 1000
Santa Paws 12 100 1000 4000
Penguin 2 3 15 100

Bonus Games and Features

Along with the two Wild symbols in this game, which is quite unusual, players can enjoy 12 free spins if they manage to land at least 3 Scatter icons anywhere in sight. While this may not sound like an exceptional offer, it really is amazing as all winnings generated during these rounds are boosted with an up to 7x multiplier.

Of course, the free spins start automatically with the same bet and number of activated paylines as those in the triggering round. So, the larger the bet size, the greater the winnings from the free spins.

The spins can be re-triggered if 3 or more Scatters appear on the reels during any of the free rounds. The winning opportunities here should be greater due to the additional Wild symbol.

The Santa Paws slot also offers players to double or quadruple the payout after a winning spin with the Gamble feature. This is a standard mini-game for Microgaming and includes guessing the color or the suit of a face-down playing card for 2x or 4x wins, respectively.

Conclusion

Santa Paws is certainly not the most spectacular video slot released by Microgaming as it has rather basic graphics and offers a standard combination of Wilds, Scatters and free spins. But it is a visually appealing, especially around Christmas when the cute characters, lovely soundtrack and vibrant colors will bring the holiday cheer to your home even in the darkest, gloomiest of days.

The two Wild symbols in the free spins and the great multiplier of up to 7x are also very attractive features for those who look not just for an entertaining game, but most of all, for a lucrative, rewarding experience. The non-progressive jackpot of 4,000x is more than generous when compared to the relatively low betting range between 0.01 and 100 credits per spin. This makes Santa Paws a convenient and accessible video slot for casino players with varied budgets and tastes.

Santa Paws Slot
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Reels:
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Graphics:
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Theme:
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Features:
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