The Christmas releases are picking up pace and Santa is spreading some of his holiday cheer with an update to Gems Bonanza in Pragmatic Plays Santa's Wonderland, which is releasing on the 29/11/2021. Santa's Wonderland will launch with a variable RTP of 96.23% a high volatility and a max win of 7,500x. Here we will provide you with first look pictures and videos of the slot in action before giving our full Genius Gambling Review and Rating.
Played across an 8x8 grid the slot pays adjacent cluster wins with 5 or more matching symbols being needed to unlock a minimum win. The slots lowest paying symbols are represented by different coloured baubles with more traditional card suits attached to them with the highest paying symbols being shown as christmas gifts straight from Santa's sack with teddy bears, trains and planes making up the highest paying symbols. Players of Gems Bonanza will also recognise the special coloured symbols placed at random behind the grid which when unlocked by landing a hit in front of them will give the player a game altering features these are as follows;
Refresh - After all tumbles are completed and at the end of this spin the screen is cleared of all symbols except for any wilds which remain in place and a whole new screen is brought onto the game board
Wild Santa - Random symbols across the game board are chosen to turn into a wild Santa symbol, these can substitute for any other symbol in game making it easier to create matching combinations
Blocks - random blocks of 2x2 of the same symbol are added in random positions across the game grid
Supersize - a random block of 3x3, 4x4 or 5x5 of the same symbol is added at a random position on the screen
Lucky Santa - 5 - 15 wild symbols are added to the screen at random positions
To the left of the game grid is the midnight riches clock which slowly fills as more wins are made by the player with 140 symbols needed to be included in a winning spin to unlock the bonus game. The bonus game awards you every game modifier and feature listed above with an overall game multiplier of 3x active. The goal is to again fill this clock to retrigger the bonus and reach level 2 resetting the game altering features and increasing the multiplier to 6x. To unlock these upgrades and retrigger the following must be achieved;
Level 2 - Collect 116 winning symbols, unlocks a 6x multiplier
Level 3 - Collect 120 winning symbols, unlocks a 9x multiplier
Level 4 - Collect 124 winning symbols, unlocks a 12x multiplier
Level 5 - Collect 132 winning symbols, unlocks a 15x multiplier
Genius Gambling Review
If you liked gems bonanza you are sure to love Santa's Wonderland the slot doesn't change the games format or mechanics in anyway and merely offers a Christmas reskin but that isn't necessarily a bad thing. Gems bonanza despite not being one of our personal favourite slots has found an audience with its notorious high volatility and its ability to award huge wins we are sure Santa's Wonderland will be a hit when it releases on the 29/11/2021. One thing to note is that the max win when compared to the original has been reduced from 10,000x to 7,500x along with Santa's wonderland variable RTP being slightly lower. Because of these reasons we award Pragmatic Plays Santa's Wonderland our Genius Gambling Rating of 7 out of 10! If you are looking for some festive cheer this is worthy of a couple of your spins but for the most part the original is better in almost every conceivable way. Below we have included a short video demo documenting some of our time with the game and one of the many big wins we gained whilst whilst playing it also included below are our top 6 Genius approved casinos. Where you can click below to unlock a 100% match deposit bonus or some free spins terms and conditions apply and as always please gamble responsibly.