A video slot that is perfect for Christmas, with plenty of big gifts hiding in the reels.
The Ho Ho Tower slot game is full of oriental festive cheer which is unusual, but somehow just works beautifully.
At the time of writing this review, it is coming up to the end of April. Why is this important? Well, because Ho Ho Tower is a Christmas slot.
And it’s hard to review something which is likely only going to be played a few times per year by any one person.
That being said, the game is fun – so is it possible that it could cool you down on a hot summer’s day?
Snow pounds down on the reels almost constantly. Santa is heard larking about in the background. Christmas-themed symbols all around. If it is in the middle of the winter months, or even a few days before Christmas, then this game is perfect.
Playing outside of the winter months? Probably not, and here’s why.
Look, we get why Elk Studios would design a video slot which is only going to played in a short period of time each year: you are trying to capture that season where everyone spends, spends, spends.
But we feel that slots should be built to be played all year round at online casinos. If the game is not getting played, then it is pointless.
Thankfully, this probably did not cost that much for Elk to develop because it seems to be a re-skin of Hong Kong Tower (to an extent), but seriously… it would have been so nice if they had spent the resources on a brand new game rather than tweaking an old one.
This whole section would probably be completely different if this casino game was being reviewed during the festive slot season.
But, we should all remember that people play slots online throughout the year and if there are alternatives, like Hong Kong Tower, then games like Ho Ho Tower will probably be forgotten the rest of the year.
You have several features in Ho Ho Tower. If you have played Hong Kong Tower, then you are likely going to be familiar with most of them.
They function ever so slightly differently, but not so wildly different that it will give you that much concern.
First, you have your mystery symbols, this function in a similar way to wilds, although not quite.
The mystery symbols are stacked symbols on the reels. When they appear, they will turn into random symbols to help you to form winning combinations; something you need on these 99 paylines.
On occasion, something known as the Ying Yang bonus will occur during this. When that happens, you trigger the bonus round with an additional two lives – similar to games like Golden Fish Tank slot.
The bonus round is dependent on the number of those Ying Yang bonus symbols you get on the reels. The more you get, the more lives you will have to play with.
You will then be taken to a wheel. There are actually three wheels in this game. Each of them has different prize values on them. You can progress through these wheels. This is why you need as many lives as possible.
When you spin a wheel, you can either land on a cash prize or be taken to the next wheel – visually far more interesting than Mega Glam Life slot fortune wheels. If you land on the same cash prize twice, your game will end and you will go back to the normal game.
This is actually a nifty feature as it does trigger often, and you are always guaranteed at least two cash prizes. Most gamblers will net multiple cash prizes.
It is this bonus feature where there is a difference to the original game. The maximum prize is double. So, 50,000 coins instead of 25,000. Quite a change!
To us, it was a lot more fun than the original game. This is mostly down to the fact that the maximum prize is so much higher.
However, it is let down a theme that is so seasonal. Sure, play this at Christmas but it’s hard to enjoy any other times of the year.
On the other hand, this does have a 0.10 minimum bet, which for 99 payline is amazing.
We just wish they would give the original game an update to be similar in prize structure, as otherwise, we’d probably play on Taco Brothers slot which brings the heat.
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