Scrooge is a name that you’re likely to recognize, the slot being based on the main character of a novel that was written by Charles Dickens in the 19th century, going by the name of A Christmas Carol. It’s a story that was often picked by developers as a theme, with the focus being on the main character in each case, on Ebenezer Scrooge. It’s the same way here, though we have some of the other characters from the novel as well among the symbols. One of the game’s strong points is the feature section, which is innovative in some ways, relying on a calendar to bring you to Christmas Day and to the free spins with doubled wins that are available there. That’s not all you’re getting though, a bonus game being also mentioned, along with wilds which can apply multipliers. It’s a slot that gives you plenty of chances to win, with 50 lines presented on 5x3 reels. As for the biggest jackpot that the game can bring you, its value is at $120,000.
One thing that I liked about the game is the fact that it uses 50 lines, and it doesn’t have to expand the reels to four symbols to do it. There are more chances to win for the player, but he has to place a wager first, before he can take advantage of those lines. As many as 10 coins can be used for each individual line, and with the denominations ranging from $0.01 to $1. The bets per line can reach $10 this way, while the total per spin can get to $500.
As a source of inspiration, A Christmas Carol proved to be quite popular among slot machine developers, and there are a few of them that are based on it. They tend to pop up around the winter holidays, since the action in the novel takes place at Christmas. It concerns a character called Ebenezer Scrooge, a miser that doesn’t believe in the spirit of Christmas. He gets a visit from the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future, and he changes his ways. It’s a story with a happy ending then, one that was used for movies, TV series and various other types of media, including for slots as you can see. The graphics are not as attractive in this case, as they are in several other competitors of this game. It’s just the drawing style that I have a small problem with, but I do appreciate that all symbols are relevant to the theme. We see Scrooge on the reels, along with the different ghosts that visit him, his old partner that is now dead, the boy with the crutches, coins, ledgers, keys and some money related icons.
The special features included in Scrooge are going to have some cool areas, but there are “regular” features as well inside, the ones that you expect every game to have. One part that I liked, and where Microgaming did something new, is the calendar system. You start on December 1st, and when you get to December 25th, to Christmas, you trigger the free spins that you’ve accumulated up to that point. The calendar is shown at the top of reel 1, with the number of free spins being shown on reel 5. You get one extra free spin or one extra day on the calendar, each time you get a winning combination in the game. You can choose a symbol from the winning combo, to have it turned into one of the two collectable symbols (One extra day vs One extra free spin), or you can click Spin and the game will choose for you, before starting the next round. The counter for the free spins starts from 3. Once you get to December 25, the free spins that you’ve accumulated will start, and they will benefit from 2x multipliers applied to all their wins. You can’t retrigger free spins. Another feature to pay attention to is the Xmas Dinner Bonus. The bonus game is triggered the usual way, with 3 to 5 scattered symbols. The bonus symbol is the Door Knocker that is shaped like Ebenezer Scrooge’s head. The feature will take you to a table with five characters waiting next to it. You choose one of the five available meals to go with each of the five characters, and that’s how you get your prize. Finally, you can also expect to get a wild symbol from the game, which is the most common feature that it has. The wild wins are going to be doubled. The image is that of silver coins, with the Scrooge logo in front. The same wild is capable of paying the most in this game.
The biggest prize of the game will come to you when certain things happen. First of all, you need the Scrooge Logo wild to form a combination of five symbols. It will pay 6,000x the bet per line, so up to 60,000 coins. If the combo is formed during free games, then you get 120,000 coins for the same combo. The value of such a prize would be up to $120,000. In the long run, you can expect an average RTP of about 96%, which is what you can expect from most decent titles.
Scrooge might not have the graphics of some of its competitors, but it definitely has an advantage thanks to the features that were chosen for it. It can also pay quite well, even up to 12,000x in certain cases. I’d play it especially for its innovative way of triggering those free spins, as well as for the other features.