Holly Jolly Penguins is being released by Microgaming in time for the 2017 winter holidays. It’s a slot machine that they created with a theme that revolves around Christmas and a team of cute penguins that appear on the reels for your benefit.
On 5 reels, Holly Jolly Penguins places a total of 45 active lines. You can get paid up to $2,500 through the game’s best combos, while enjoying a lot of free spins, scatters or the two types of wilds.
Betting and Prizes
For the betting side of the game, you have 45 lines which require 50 coins each round. You can set up a value for the wager that ranges between $0.50 and $125, which means that a single bet line can receive between $0.01 and $2.50.
In terms of the rewards which are being offered, the best one by far comes from the wild symbol. Either one of the two wilds can pay the jackpot of $2,500, if you have a combo of five matching symbols in place. Combinations of mixed wilds are also possible, but they pay less. The RTP of the game is set to 96.1%, so you can expect this to be a regular slot machine in terms of chances to get paid.
Holly Jolly Penguins Slot Features
Among the best features that I’ve discovered in this slot machine, I’d have to mention the scatter symbol, since it can deliver a lot of free spins to you, under the right circumstances of course. The symbols with this role show us the penguins as they’re riding a sled. You can get these symbols on three, four or five adjacent reels, and they will deliver between 5 and 20 free spins to you. There is a chance that you will get additional scatter symbols on the reel 2 and/or 4 though, and if that happens then each one doubles the number of free spins. You could end up with 7 scatters visible total, and with 80 free spins that you can go through. The disadvantage that I see is the requirement for scatters to be on adjacent reels, which cancels some of the powers of the scatter, as they are in other games.
There are two wild symbols as well, where the penguins are shown inside snow globes. These wild symbols work on their own, being substitutes or forming their own combinations that deliver some of the game’s best rewards. They also work together, but if they form their own combo of mixed wilds the payout will be only half of what they would deliver on their own. Wilds can’t substitute for scatters, but they work perfectly together with the regular symbols which are forming combinations on active lines.
Theme & Design
The Christmas inspired design was very well crafted by the Microgaming staff. The connection to this time of the year is clear, with Christmas trees being part of the symbols or in the background, along with gifts. There are seven cute penguins that are getting most of the attention though, and their graphics are excellent. They’re shown sledding, hiding in the Christmas tree, part of snow globes, singing tunes, throwing snowballs, dressing up as reindeer or carrying bells. For the rest of the symbols, the choice was made to rely on poker cards with a festive look to them.
Holly Jolly Penguins is the right slot machine to play this next Christmas season, a funny game that has the right theme and a lot of cute penguins in the main roles.