What would the average slots player most want in their Christmas stocking? A bumper progressive jackpot would fit the bill for most and that’s exactly what’s on offer in Jingle Jackpot. It’s a 5 reel, 10 payline game from Novomatic that also comes with a Christmas Cracker bonus that awards a selection box of goodies including nudges, scatter-style payouts and a moving matching symbol that guarantees a win.

Pay a little extra and you can add wild multipliers of up to 10x into the mix too. Get festive on your desktop, tablet or mobile device from between 40p and £50 per spin.

The visuals in Jingle Jackpot have a real seasonal feel – backed by a tree and presents, the reels include A to 10 playing cards, a gift box, Christmas pudding and holly. The top payer is smiling Santa who get you 50 times your total stake for a 5-symbol combo.

We’ve not mentioned any wilds yet – you have to pay extra to activate the stacked wilds which can land on any reel. The wilds also come with multipliers that can boost your payouts by 2x, 4x, 6x, 8x or 10x whenever they form part of a winning line. The 2x multiplier will set you back £1 instead of the standard 40p (playing at minimum stakes). The 10x multiplier costs £4 per spin.

Don’t despair after a losing spin as the Christmas Cracker Bonus feature can hit – this will award you with 1 of 4 special extras:

  • Rewind – this nudges 1 or more reels up to create a winning combination
  • Fast Forward – this does the same as the Rewind except the nudge moves down rather than up
  • Domino – 1 symbol will float across the reels, transforming any symbol it lands on into a matching symbol. You’re guaranteed to land a winner from the Domino.
  • All Symbols Pays Scatter – instead of having to land on 1 of the 10 paylines, winning combinations are created scatter-style.

Finally, and best of the lot is the progressive jackpot – this can hit at random on any spin. All the reels will turn multi-coloured and you’ll be awarded a potentially life-changing sum if you hit it.

We’re often quite fussy about the design of Novomatic slots – the imagery here is fine though. You won’t mistake it for something from Yggdrasil Gaming or Thunderkick but it’s perfectly serviceable. Throw in a sweeping jingly soundtrack and it conjures up a nice festive feel.

Paying extra for the stacked wild multipliers certainly helps spice up the base game action. The Christmas Cracker can add some nice little extras too. The variance is in the low to medium category. If you’re looking for a warm and cosy Christmas slot to get you in the mood for the big day then you won’t go far wrong with Jingle Jackpot. If you like Christmas slots, NetEnt’s Secrets of Christmas is recommended.