Deck the Halls General Information:
Ah the holidays. Whether religious or not, this time of year holds a special place in all of our hearts. From the joy of spending time with your family to the terror and discomfort of spending time with your family, this season has a little for everyone. It's only natural that such a festive time would result in pokies. It's also only natural that some of these pokies would themselves be festive. Still more natural is the fact that most pokies based on this season take place in the northern hemisphere, leaving us Summer holiday season south-hemispherians just going along for the ride. Is Deck the Halls a pokie worthy of your holidays, or is this another holiday best left alone? Read our review to find out…
The Deck the Halls pokie game runs on the Microgaming software system. One of the most popular and prolific creators of online pokies, Microgaming has been in the business for over a decade. With this pokie they have now taken their experience and applied it to a Deck the Halls themed game. This game was released on the 4th of December 2008, just in time for the holiday season! Of a decade ago.
As is standard with games offered by the Microgaming software system, this game is available for play on PC, Mac, mobile and tablet systems. Microgaming offer a lot when it comes to versatility, which great for all types of play.
Deck the Halls comes with a total of 30 paylines over 5 reels in a 3×5 layout.
- The minimum coins bet sits at 1
- The maximum coins bet sits at 10
- Minimum coin size sits a 0.01
- Maximum coins size sits at 0.05
- The return to player offered by this game sits at around 95.38%, which approaches the lower end of average.
Deck the Halls comes with no standard options menu. Instead, all the options in this game relate to placing bets. While this is understandable, given the game's age, it would be nice to at least have access to an option as simple as quickspin.
Across the bottom of the screen runs a golden bar. This bar includes only one clickable option, the expert button. When clicked this allows the player easier ways to adjust their bet. It also gives the player access to the autoplay function.
The autoplay button allows the user to choose a variety of, you guessed it, autoplay options. The quick ones on offer are a 5x and 10x autospins. From here the player can also click on the autoplay button to further modify their options. This includes two simple sections:
- Spin Settings
This section allows the player to manually enter the amount of spins which they wish to complete, or choose from a drop-down list.
- Stop Settings
These settings set when the autospins will stop. There are two possible options here. First is stop when all spins have been completed. The second is when a win exceeds or equals an entered amount.
OTHER HELPFUL ADDITIONS
To change the sound (does anyone actually enjoy Christmas music) the player can click the mute button to the upper right of the main game screen.
Deck the Halls also comes with a help section in the form of the view pays section. This lists all of the available paylines, the symbol payouts and the different bonus structures. To gain access to this the player must click on the view pays button the lower left side of the game page.
Also on offer is the question-mark button. This works similar to the view pays button, and will bring up a list of helpful information about the game and its bonus structures when clicked.
Ever heard of a little thing called Christmas? I'm going to assume that your answer is yes, and that I don't really need to go into detail here.
The only real problem with this is the same problem which we find with most Christmas media – its only really meant for the cold and snowy Christmas of the northern hemisphere during Christmas time. Those of nearer the equator or south of the hemisphere don't really associate the snow with Christmas, so in this the pokie might not work for you. It's also not so great if you are a different religion.
Other Features and Bonuses
The wild symbol in this game comes in the form of the Deck the Halls logo. This can substitute for any symbol except the scatter. It can also stack inside of the free spins bonus game.
- 2 of these give a bonus of 10 when gathered
- 3 of these give a bonus of 200 when gathered
- 4 of these give a bonus of 1000 when gathered
- 5 of these give a bonus of 4000 when gathered
The scatter symbol in Deck the Halls comes in the form of a pair of golden bells against a red backdrop. Gaining three or more of these on a single spin will give the player a total of 10 free spins. These do not have to appear on an active payline in order to generate a win.
- 2 of these give a 2x multiplier when gathered
- 3 of these give a 3x multiplier when gathered
- 4 of these give a 10x multiplier when gathered
- 5 of these give a 100x multiplier when gathered
BONUS GAMES and features
The free spins game is activated when the player gains 3 or more scatter symbols during a single spin. When activated this gives the player 10 free spins.
When in the free spins bonus game both the wild symbols and the above Santa symbol can be stacked . Stacked wilds also give a 4x multiplier on wins.
The total amount bet during these free spins is taken from the amount which was bet in the round in which the free spin bonus game was activated.
How to Play:
For the simplest possible experience the player need only choose their coins and line and then click the spin button. To further modify their bet the player needs to click on the expert option. This opens up further customisation options and gives access to the autoplay function.
The autoplay function allows the player to select a standard 10x or 5x autospin, based on their current bet, or the player can click on the autoplay option in order to further customise their bet. This section includes how many spins are to be completed and 2 separate stopping scenarios.
Overall Design and Usability:
If you've ever watched television during the holiday season, or an American Christmas film, you'll know what you're in for in terms of looks. The design of Deck the Halls is more Christmas than Santa himself, full of reds and greens, presents and wreathes. Despite being an older pokie the graphics here still hold up very well. The game is missing some animations which are standard these days, but this is minor. There are few games as devoted to their themes as this one is. Whether you find this touching or over-the-top will depend on your own personal taste.
When it comes to usability we can also see some of the game's age. A lack of options is the biggest problem here, though this biggest problem isn't necessarily that big. The game is old, so it won't require much power to run, so graphics options aren't really needed. This is a pokie which includes the changing of paylines, which is rare to see in modern pokies, so it earns points there. Overall the game runs very well, responds well and appears very reliable.
Where to find it:
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This is a basic game, which is something people should know going in. The game itself and the bonus structure both illustrate this, going for a simple theme focused experience. While this is not bad pokie by any means, in fact we quite enjoyed it, your personal enjoyment will very much depend on how much you can appreciate the theme. This might be a bit more appreciated by our readers in the northern hemisphere, as its not really appreciable by those of us in the south. Still, it is nice to look at, and is a great way to get in the Christmas spirit.
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