Paws for Thought
The game itself is presented to players on a five reel and thee row layout, so there’s nothing exceptionally different about it in that respect. However, it is upon these reels that you’re able to discover the various icons included within, starting with the snow-capped A, J, K, Q and 10 symbols, all of which appear frequently in video slot products. These are joined by four different animal icons, the first of which is a rabbit who is trying to place a gold star on top of a Christmas tree. The second is the white owl who is clutching on to a nicely wrapped gift, while the third icon is the seal who is also doing some gift giving of his own. Finally, the white fox is the last symbol, and he is carrying a bag of post along with him.
As well as the reels, rows and icons, players will find that Microgaming have also included a total of 20 different pay lines alongside. These can be customised to suit your own personal preferences, and this is done by either clicking on the ‘Lines’ button, or by clicking a number from either side of the reels. Furthermore, players are also able to adjust the level of the wager that they place per round, and this is done firstly by choosing the value of a single coin. This offers up a range of between $0.01 and $0.50, and further to this, you can choose how many coins you want to bet per active line. Here, you’ll have a range of between one and 10 available, and when you push these to their highest limits, you’ll be playing a maximum overall wager of $100 per spin.
We all love Christmas, right? And what better way could there be to celebrate it in an online video slot, than by accessing some special features? The first of these is the game’s wild icon, and this is represented by the close up shot of a smiling polar bear, also known as Santa Paws himself. As a wild, he will stand in for any other icon on the reels in order to form a winning combination, with the only exception being the scatter symbol. If five of these show up on a winning pay line, you can receive a maximum pay out of 4,000 coins.
As mentioned, a scatter icon also exists in the game, and this comes in the form of a penguin carrying a purple-wrapped present. As a scatter, he will pay out regardless of where he shows up on the reels, with five of them offering a maximum pay out of 100 times your total wager placed. Three or more of these penguin symbols showing up on the reels will activate the freespins round, and you’ll be given 12 freespins in total with up to a seven times multiplier included.
There’s also an icon of a killer whale with reindeer antlers on its head, and he is known as Rudolf. He can only show up during the aforementioned freespins round, but if he does, he’ll act as a secondary wild icon, substituting for all other icons on the reels in order to form a winning combination. Again, the penguin scatter is the only exception to this rule.
Santa Paws is definitely a fun game to play, featuring intriguing imagery, interesting game play and a wide range of special features alongside. The jingling bells can become a little frustrating after a short while, but there is a mute button incorporated into the game, which will ensure that you are able to block it out easily enough.