With the big day, just a couple of sleep’s away, it’s time for a little bit of festive cheer as we unwrap some big win clips from Microgaming’s Classic Christmas Cracker, Happy Holidays.
Released in time for Christmas 2015, Happy Holidays is one of Microgaming’s 243 ways-to-pay slots, expanding to 1,024 ways-to-pay during the free spins round. It is also one of the few Microgaming slots to feature a random ‘Hot Mode’ feature in the bonus game. If you’re lucky enough to see the edges of your screen frost over at the start of the bonus round then the hot mode feature (called ‘Magic Free Spins’ in Happy Holidays) has been activated, and you can expect some very nice wins indeed. Needless to say, the three big Happy Holidays winners featured in our compilation were all lucky enough to trigger the Magic Free Spins.
3. Nickslots – 670x Win
Our first clip stars CasinoGrounds end boss, Nickslots, playing at £4.20 (€4.93) a spin from a session streamed last Christmas Eve. Triggering Magic Free Spins is obviously no mean feat if Nick’s elation and disbelief at getting them is anything to go by. He rises from his chair, mouth agape and arms raised before letting out a victorious “Get in!” followed by “It only took 9 bonuses” and “It’s a Christmas miracle, let’s hope it pays!”. It certainly did.
Throughout any free spins feature in Happy Holidays the snowman symbol magically transforms into whichever high paying symbol is the most beneficial in terms of potential wins. The snowman comes into play on the very first spin here along with a couple of wilds and a whole load of the high paying ‘kids on sleds’ symbols for a 70x win of £293. It gets even better on spin 2 when a snowman lands on 4 of the 5 reels, combining with a number of the top-paying Santa symbols.
The win causes Nickslots to let out a gasp and say “That’s like (the) jackpot” as he watches the win rack up to £1,362 (324x). After a couple of dead spins the Santas, wilds, and snowmen are back in force adding another £913 (217x) to Nick’s windfall. The final five spins are actually quite disappointing considering how well the first half of the free spins had gone, but they did add a combined £240 or so to the final winning total of £2,813 (€3,302) for a 670x win. It was also a Happy Holiday for one of Nick’s fans who won 10% of his haul in a giveaway he was running at the time.
2. Miikapekka – 793x Win
Next up is Finnish Twitch streaming favorite, Miikapekka, playing his Magic Free Spins at $2.10 (€1.90) a pop.
Just as with Nickslots, Miikapekka’s very first spin gives him a nice win when the snowmen combine with a ton of kids on sleds for a $168 (80x) score. The very next spin drops snowmen on 4 reels leading to another three-figure win. It’s a little unfortunate that the highest paying symbol to work with the snowmen was the Christmas tree, but it still made for a $112 (54x) win.
After a couple of duff spins Miikapekka lands his biggest win so far as once again snowmen land on 4 of the 5 reels, and this time they are joined by a sprinkling of Santas for a $225 (107x) win. It’s back-to-back big wins again for the Finnish grinder here as full lines of kids with sleds present him with an $86 (41x) win. After a few more dead spins, and with just two remaining, Miikapekka hits a monster win. Snowmen land on every reel and transform into the second highest paying symbol (kids unwrapping presents) which combine with the four already on the reels as well as a wild for a whopping $842 (401x) payday. Just for good measure, the final spin brings in another few rows of the second highest paying symbol for a $126 (60x) win. Miikapekka’s total win of $1,665.51 (€1,503) is equal to 793x his original bet size.
1. Aviad – 1,542x Win
The biggest winning hot mode free spins round from Happy Holidays comes courtesy of forum member Aviad who logged this sweet post-Christmas win in January of this year. He noted in a later forum post that as well as this win, he had another Happy Holidays Magic Free Spins win in the same month of over 800x!
Playing at £1.20 (€1.41) a spin, Aviad doesn’t actually start off quite as brightly as our other two big winners, making just £100.80 (84x) from his first couple of spins. However, out of the remaining 8 spins, 5 of them contain plenty of full lines of the highest paying Santa symbol – including one HUGE win.
On spin three, three snowmen, two wilds, and three Santas combine to create enough Santa rows for a £195 (163x) win. On the very next spin, four Santas combine with a couple more wilds and two more snowmen for an even bigger win of £263 (219x). The next three wins all feature full rows of the second highest paying symbol, the kids unwrapping presents. While the first two wins are not anything to speak of, the third combines with wilds and snowmen for a £260 (217x) win.
Aviad’s 10 free spins are completed with back-to-back-to-back Santa wins. The first and the third are fairly mediocre (considering the hot mode and symbol in play) wins of £128 and £65. However, the second last spin is indeed a Christmas miracle as three wilds combine with four snowmen and three Santas to create enough full lines of Santas for a $777 (648x) win. At the close of play Aviad had banked a tasty post-Christmas bonus of £1,850 (€2,172), a win worth 1,542x his original stake.