Ho Ho Ho has been designed by Microgaming with the winter holidays in mind, Santa’s famous greeting words being used for the title and revealing what the action inside is about. We’re getting a more basic design from Ho Ho Ho than from other slots which have this theme, but at least everything is connected to the topic, there is nothing that doesn’t belong on those reels. You’re looking at a slot which has 5x3 reels, which activates up to 15 lines each round and which can offer a jackpot of $300,000 that should convince even its biggest detractors. The game also has on its list of features things like wilds, scatters or free spins which double all your wins.
The coin value is one of the things that are decided by the player. It starts from $0.01 and the player is allowed to take it up to $1. Since up to 10 coins are available for each active line, you can end up placing wagers of up to $150 for the 15 lines.
The theme is one that we see covered often, at the end of each year, right before the winter holidays kick off. It’s the time of the year when people are looking for Christmas themed games to play, to get into the right mood, and developers try to launch their related titles then. Ho Ho Ho is one of the Christmas themed titles that Microgaming has, but it’s not their best looking attempt at the topic. You do have all the right symbols for a traditional Christmas though, starting with images of Santa, gifts, reindeer, the sleigh, the Christmas tree, plus various foods and sweets that we all enjoy at that time. As for the graphics, they’re a bit more crude than I would’ve liked, with the kind of drawing style that I would expect from a children’s book perhaps, but not for a high end slot machine that’s trying to compete with dozens of other similarly themed games. It’s perfectly adequate, but it’s not going to attract players with its design alone.
You might not be impressed with the way the game was designed, but I have no doubt that you will at least enjoy the features and what they can do for you. The wild Santa symbol is the one I’d put the spotlight on, since it’s the jackpot trigger if you have it on all the positions of an active line. At that point, you can get a prize worth 15,000x the line bet, or even 30,000x during the free spins. If that’s not enough, you should know that you can also count on the Santa symbol to act as a substitute in certain moments, when it has enough regular symbols of the same type on its line. Another way to get a decent prize in this game is by landing two to five Gift symbols somewhere in view. As scatters, these symbols will reward you just because there are enough of them visible, not because of the positions that they are in. Their payouts get up to 60 times total bet value. At the same time, if you have three to five scattered Gift symbols, you also get from them 20 free spins. During these spins, all your wins will be doubled, even the top jackpot which you get thanks to the wild Santa. Get another 3+ Gift icons to appear, and you retrigger the free spins.
This is the sort of game where you don’t win a lot of money most of the time, but which can deliver huge payouts if you manage to trigger the top jackpot. At that point, you can get 15,000x the line bet during regular spins, or 30,000x during free spins. In cash, the value can get to $150,000 in the former, and $300,000 in the latter situation. The 95.88% Return to Player tells us that the game manages to compensate for its lower paying combinations with that big top jackpot, and that it can be a solution for players that want to test their luck and want to strike big.
Ho Ho Ho is one of the slot machines that can change your life with the kind of payouts that it can deliver, so if that’s what you’re interested in when you play at a casino, then you might as well give it a chance.