Now that Christmas is not far off, players at Australian online casinos will be getting Christmas themed online pokies out of the closet. Most of these will be video pokies, because that is the trend. But every now and then you will find a gem in the classic 3-reels pokies category that celebrates Christmas. Santastic from the portfolio of Realtime Gaming is one such pokie. It is live at Australian online casinos like Fair Go and Majestic Slots.
Santastic, the pun on fantastic is unmistakeable, is a three reels pokie with five selectable paylines. The line bets range from AU$0.10 to AU$5.00. The maximum bet per spin is AU$25.00. Santastic includes several features of contemporary video slots and this is the reason for its popularity. Even thematic classic pokies use the retro icons like fruits and bars at least for the low paying symbols. Santastic does not use these. Jackpot logo, Santa and Rudolph award line payouts pay when two or three appear on an active payline. With three Jackpot logo symbols you hit the progressive jackpot. The other symbols only pay for three-of-a-kind combinations on enabled paylines. These symbols are elf, North Pole, snowman, stocking, pudding, candy and teddy bear. The stocking is the wild symbol, but it has two avatars. The two stockings symbol is a 2x multiplier as well and the three stockings symbol is a 3x multiplier. If both symbols appear on the same payline then the payouts will be multiplied by 6x.
Despite being a classic pokie, Santastic has many bonus features. When the Jackpot logo symbol appears on the middle of reel 2, you will be awarded a Jackpot Spin. This is a free spin in which all symbols except the Jackpot logo disabled. They appear on the reels but do not award payouts. You can only get payouts from the Jackpot logo. The Festive Feast feature is triggered by any three of a kind win, except the progressive jackpot. You will be awarded a prize from one of the two bonus meters in addition to the regular payout. Some typical prizes are 2500x the line bet, Jackpot Spins or up to 25 free spins. The bonus meters also include “No Bonus”, which means that may not win anything. All payouts, except the progressive jackpot, are tripled during the free spins. The bonus meters function during the free spins and award considerably enhanced benefits.