The classic Christmas story from Charles Dickens is brought to life in the Pragmatic Play release - Christmas Carol Megaways. The provider brings holiday spirit to the reels with an insane 200,704 ways to win, an Ante Bet feature, and 4 different bonus games you can choose from!
Betting Options and Bonus Features
Christmas Carol Megaways’ gameplay is very similar to another Pragmatic Play's title - Great Rhino Megaways. The game utilizes the cascading mechanics in which winning symbols disappear from the reels and are replaced by new ones falling from above in the same spin. This process repeats indefinitely as long as you keep stringing up winning combos.
Before you even start playing, you’ll have to decide whether or not you want to play with the Ante Bet feature. With this option, the bet size is increased by 25% but in return, the chance of triggering the bonus round is doubled. With both options though, you’ll be playing on a 6x8 reel layout with an insane number of 200,704 paylines!
In order to trigger the bonus round, you’ll need to collect 4 of the Scrooge’s pocket watch scatters. Whenever you land an additional scatter symbol, you will be awarded 4 extra spins, and presented with the following bonus round choices:
- Option 1 - 15 spins with 1x progressive multiplier
- Option 2 - 10 spins with 5x progressive multiplier
- Option 3 - 5 spins with 10x progressive multiplier
- Option 4 - Mystery choice with a random multiplier value and a random number of spins
During the bonus round, scatters can now appear on the top reels, and landing 3 awards five extra spins. You can earn as many spins as you like using this method.
The main money maker in Christmas Carol Megaways is the cascading win multiplier, which increases with each additional win. There is no real upper limit on how high the multiplier can go since the meter does not reset on losing spins. However, if you manage to reach the max win of 20,000x your stake, your bonus round will end and you'll receive your payout.
The game also offers a bonus buy option for 100x your stake. This will allow you to skip the entire base game and guarantee you at least 4 scatters on the next spin.
The game has a very nice max win but the gameplay is too volatile. Unfortunately, even during the bonus round, dead spins are quite frequent which is not great for players’ engagement. Getting to choose from 4 types of free spins is much appreciated but the option with the biggest potential (Mystery Choice) also comes with highest variance.