Charles Dickens’ most famous story gets the slots treatment in Ghosts of Christmas. Powered by Playtech, this 5 reel, 20 payline re-telling of A Christmas Carol comes with a bonus feature that awards free spins with all payouts trebled. Also on offer are 3 pick me rounds. Join Scrooge, Marley and company from between 20p and £200 per spin.
The imagery in Ghosts of Christmas has a Victorian feel. Joining the lower value A, K and Q are a turkey, Bob Kratchet and son Tiny Tim as well as the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future. Literature’s most famous miser, Ebeneezer Scrooge, is the wild and the most rewarding symbol. 2, 3, 4 or 5 on a payline will get you 10, 200, 2,000 or 10,000 coins.
Ghosts of Christmas comes with 2 main bonus features – land 3 or more of the clock symbol on an active payline and you’ll trigger the Ghosts of Christmas Bonus feature. Here you’ll be given 1 of 3 pick me rounds. In the Ghosts of Christmas Past, you’ll pick from school desks. In Christmas Present, you’ll choose gifts and in Christmas Future, you’ll pick grave stones. Behind each 1 lies a cash prize – the number of picks you get depends on the number of clocks that triggered the feature.
Land 3 or more of the ghostly Jacob Marley symbol anywhere on the reels and you’ll trigger the Marley’s Free Games feature – choose 1 of the Marley scatters to reveal whether you’ve been awarded 5, 10 or 15 free spins. Regardless of the number, all payouts in the feature are boosted by a 3x multiplier and trebled.
You can trigger the Ghosts of Christmas Bonus feature from the free spins too (but the prizes aren’t trebled). Land 3 or more Marley scatters and another 10 free spins are added to your tally taking your potential total to 25.
As you’d expect from a Playtech-powered slot, the design in Ghosts of Christmas is good – the cartoon style visuals work well and the soundtrack has just a hint of Christmas.
The gameplay is impressive too – the pick me bonus comes at regular intervals but rarely threatens to break the bank. Much more interesting is the Marley’s Free Games feature which is harder to come by. The 3x multiplier can certainly make it worth the wait though. We’d put the variance in the medium range.
If you’re looking for a festive slot but are sick of schmaltzy snowmen and saccharine Santas, then this modern retelling of a classic tale should get you nicely in the mood. I also suggest you try NetEnt’s Secrets of Christmas which is pretty good.