Christmas Carol Megaways is a very risky Christmas slot reskin of Pragmatic Plays' Great Rhino Megaways. It features 6 reels, up to 7-8 rows through the top reel, and an astonishing 200,704 ways to win. The Ante Bet boosts your chances of triggering the bonus round, where jackpots of up to 20,000x are possible.
Gamers may recreate the famous Christmas journey on any device, with wagers ranging from 0.20 to 100 per spin. The default RTP ranges between 96.48% and 96.58% by default, depending on whether the Ante Bet is enabled or not. The potential is equally great, as we shall see.
Depending on the number of symbols that land on each main reel during each spin, there are up to 200,704 possibilities to win. Much more than usual, though it is difficult to see the difference when the game is in full swing. The 10-A royals are the lowest-paying symbol, followed by the Ghosts of Past, Present, and Future, Bob Crachett, and Tiny Tim. A vast collection of Dickensian characters, worth 1.5 to 50 times the bet for six of a kind. Scrooge isn't forgotten. He is the wild symbol, appearing on the bonus reel to substitute for any of the pay symbols to create winning combinations.
The Ante Bet feature is an additional feature that is not required. Activating it increases the wager by 25%, although symbol values stay unchanged. More scatter symbols are added to the reels, increasing the chances of triggering free spins. In fact, it increases the probability of getting free spins.
The scatter symbol is Scrooge's pocket watch; four in view activate the Free Spins bonus. All scatters on the reels beyond that number add an additional four spins to whatever is rewarded next. Free spins do not begin immediately. Instead, players have four alternatives with differing rules and volatility:
15 free spins with an initial win multiplier of x1.
10 free spins with a win multiplier of 5x to begin.
5 free spins with an initial win multiplier of x10.
The fourth option grants 5-15 free spins with a multiplier ranging from 1x to 10x. A bit of a gamble that can pay off if you get the 15 spins and x10 multiplier, but not so much if you get the 5 spins and x1 multiplier.
Scatters remain in play during free spins and now only land on the bonus reel at the top of the screen. With no cap on the number of spins granted, three watches grant you an additional five spins. Christmas Carol Megaways has a lot of potential, but it won't be realised until the following feature. This is the progressive win multiplier. It begins at whatever level was initially granted and grows by +1 after each successful cascade. The multiplier can grow to any size, much like free spins.