It’s hard to imagine anyone who’s not familiar with the story behind A Christmas Carol and the mean-spirited old soul which is Scrooge. He’s brought to life in incredible detail by Betsoft, and sits next to the reels in his bed scowling grumpily at any disturbance. Every tiny detail from the soft flickering of the candle to the gentle snowfall outside the window has been rendered flawlessly, created at atmospheric game which won’t fail to create a sense of anticipation as you get ready to play.
Pile on the Misery
Scrooge hates nothing more than having to part with his cash so it’s your job to pile on the misery by taking as much of it as you can. And you can do this by spinning the 5 reels and trying to line up symbols along the 25 paylines. In this game the paylines are fixed so you can’t change how many are in play. However you still have the ability to set how much you want to bet per spin with between one and five coins available. The exact value of these coins is up to you as each of them can be set between 0.02 and 1.00. This provides a total min bet of 0.50 and a total max bet of 125.
Bring on the Bonuses
Just like a traditional Christmas dinner, the yuletide season is a time for plenty and there are lots to choose from when you take a look at the extras. No festive game would be complete without a turkey. In this slot, it makes an appearance as the wild on the reels standing in for other symbols to make a match more easily.
However, the undoubted stars of the show are the three Christmas ghosts with all of them available on the reels to trigger three separate bonus plays. The ghost of Christmas past is a sweet-faced chap and depending on how many of him you land, will give out up to 12 “past” free spins. This bonus can be retriggered when the free spins are taken. Every past free spin guarantees that you’ll either receive a prize or trigger a bonus of some kind.
The ghost of Christmas present is a much less cheerful fellow but he still has some goodies to offer. When landed, any ghost symbols on the reels will immediately transform into wilds, hopefully bringing you more prizes. The ghost of Christmas future is of the same ilk, a dour spook that’s guaranteed to send a chill down your spine. He hands out “future” free spins which are essentially the same thing as a past free spin!
Making Christmas Last
If you’re a fan of the Yuletide season and want to make it last as long as possible, you might want to take a look at some of the other Scrooge-themed games on the market. Developer Microgaming offers a good play with their version, simple titled Scrooge. It doesn’t have the same cutting edge graphics as the Betsoft game but there are 5 reels, 50 paylines, free spins and a bonus round too. You’ll also find the ghosts in this slot are a bit less scary looking!
Deck the Halls!
A Christmas Carol from Betsoft may not see Scrooge transform into the carefree, happy chap before your eyes but there’s still plenty from the original Dickens story to enjoy. The graphics are the best that you’ll find and each of the characters has been created with painstaking attention to detail. There’s a long list of extras and prizes waiting to be spun, so if you have even a modicum of Christmas spirit within your soul, you’re bound to love this slot.