Happy Holidays General Information:
Happy Holidays is a term which serves two purposes – it lets people know you wish them a great holiday season regardless of religious affiliation, and it upsets those who get mad over the dreaded ‘War on Christmas™'. Sassiness aside, everyone deserves a happy holiday season, and lord knows you want to be in a good mood while gambling. Is this a holiday season worth taking, or should this pokie have spend the season hibernating? (I know, I know, for us in the southern hemisphere this doesn't make sense) Read our review to find out…
The Happy Holidays 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 Happy Holidays themed game. This game was released on the 2nd of December, 2015.
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.
Happy Holidays comes with a total of 243 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 0.10
- The return to player offered by this game sits at around 96.62%, which approaches the higher end of average.
To access the options menu in Happy Holidays the player needs to click on the small double arrow button to the bottom right of the main game screen. This will bring up a box where the player can click options to enter the options menu. The options menu that will then appear is split into 3 sections. These are as follows:
- Game Play Settings
This part has two options – quickspin and quickspin in free spins. This enables the quickspin feature in either of these game modes. When toggled this will speed up the spinning of the reels so that there is less time spent waiting for them to come to a rest.
- Graphics Settings
There are two options within this section – basic and enhanced. While enhanced will make the game look better and improve its effects it will also be a larger draw on resources than the basic setting. Because of this users on older or less powerful devices should probably stick to the basic setting, if the default enhanced gives them any trouble.
- Sound Settings
This section offers four different toggles. The first of these will simple mute all game sounds. The other three options allow the user to individually mute the sound coming from the game, win sounds and background sounds.
The autoplay button allows the user to choose a variety of autoplay options. The quick ones on offer are 10x , 25x, 50x and 100x 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 the player can click the mute button to the upper right of the main game screen.
Happy Holidays also comes with a help section in the form of the 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 pays button to the right side of the main 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.
Why Happy Holidays instead of Merry Christmas? Well, in simple terms it is because Christmas is traditionally for Christians, and there who are a different religion or are not religious at all. This simple little name change helps includes all people of all different beliefs into the holiday season. Of course the game itself is set in winter, which is rather exclusive for those of us in the south, but lord knows we're used to it by now.
There really isn't much I can add about this game, it seems to based around winter and the holiday season, including Santa, turkey and sled rides.
Other Features and Bonuses
One of the fundamental feature of this game is the frosty feature. This can activate only in the base game and can happen randomly on any non-winning spin. When this is active the symbols which are active on the reels generate additional payouts and do not need to be active in order for this effect to occur.
The wild symbol in this game comes in the form of the Happy Holidays logo. This can substitute for any symbol except the scatter and free spins symbols.
- 3 of these give a bonus of 5 when gathered
- 4 of these give a bonus of 30 when gathered
- 5 of these give a bonus of 150 when gathered
The scatter symbol in Happy Holidays comes in the form of golden Christmas tree decoration. Gaining three or more of these on a single spin will give the player a total of 10 free spins with 1024 paylines. These do not have to appear on an active payline in order to generate a win. During the frosty feature only one of these symbols is needed in order for the free spins to be won.
- 2 of these give a 3x multiplier when gathered
- 3 of these give a 6x multiplier when gathered
- 4 of these give a 30x multiplier when gathered
- 5 of these give a 300x 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. Alternatively it is activated when the player gains a single scatter symbol during the frosty feature. When activated this gives the player 10 free spins.
During these free spins the snowman symbol becomes an additional wild symbol.
How to Play:
For the simplest possible experience the player need only choose their bet and then click the spin button. To further modify their bet the player needs to click on the bet arrow. This allows the player to modify their coin size and coins bet.
The autoplay function allows the player to select a standard 10x, 25x, 50x or 100x 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 3 separate stopping scenarios.
Overall Design and Usability:
If you've ever spent a Christmas with a traditional western family north of the equator then you probably know exactly what you're in for with this game. Snow, trees, stockings, presents and even Santa himself. If you're the type of person who can't get enough of this then Happy Holidays will hit you directly in the right spot. Almost here is very well designed, from the graphics to the animations, with the only weak-spot in the visual design coming from the play-bar. This is simply tinted purple, which is disappointing because a little bit of work here could have gone a long way.
In terms of usability Happy Holidays certainly stands among the upper echelon. Especially appreciated, and often missed, is the inclusion of graphics and sound muting options. These are a little thing but they open the game up to players with less powerful devices, and those who like sound effects but grow frustrated with looping Christmas music (as in all of human-kind). The rest of the game plays fantastically well, with all buttons being fast, responsive and reliable. Great work all around.
Where to find it:
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If you are the type of person who gets annoyed by the overwhelmingly in-your-face nature of the holiday season then let's be clear – this is not the game for you. If, however, you enjoy a good holiday theme and snuggling up in the cold while spinning reels and making coins then this might be a perfect fit for you. While the bonus structures won't hold your attention forever they are still quite generous, and the game itself is extremely enjoyable. Just remember that there is an option to mute the repeating Christmas music – you'll need it.
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