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A Christmas Carol Themed Slots Online

By: Joan Peppin, Monday December 24th 2012
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In December 1843 the popular Victorian novelist Charles Dickens released his novel A Christmas Carol. This is the story of a stingy miser Ebenezer Scrooge, who hated Christmas with its spirit of giving. His business partner Jacob Marley had died seven years ago. On Christmas Eve the ghost of Marley, along with the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come, pay Scrooge a visit. They leave him full of love, kindness and joy. Two of the leading software providers in the online casino industry have developed slot games based on this novel. These will definitely be more enjoyable to players who are familiar with the story.

Microgaming released its A Christmas Carol themed online slot game in December 2009. It was titled Scrooge after the miser in the novel. All the major characters from the novel appear as symbols on the reels. The Scrooge Logo is the wild symbol and the Door Knocker is the scatter symbol. The animations are simply superb and in conformance with Dickens’ characterization. Scrooge makes a grouchy face. The highlight of Scrooge is the free spins bonus, which is triggered in an innovative manner. A specified combination of symbols randomly adds one free spin to the counter or moves forward one day on the calendar. When the date becomes December 25 the free spins bonus is triggered with the number of free spins in the counter. The payouts are doubled during free spins. In the free spins bonus the characters, including Scrooge, are affected with the Christmas spirit. The animations and the background music become livelier. Scrooge happily tosses a coin. The second bonus feature in Scrooge is the Xmas Dinner bonus. On the second screen Scrooge and the ghosts of Marley and the three Christmases are seated at the dinner table with five Christmas dishes in a row above them. The player assigns one dish to each person and receives a bonus payout.

The Playtech slot game with A Christmas Carol theme is titled Ghosts of Christmas and was released in December 2012. The introductory video clip takes players briefly through the story. As in Scrooge the main characters from the novel appear as symbols on the reels. And again the animations are very appropriate. Scrooge kisses a gold coin. Scrooge is the wild symbol and the ghost of Marley is the scatter symbol. The highlight of this Playtech slot game is the Ghosts of Christmas bonus. A bonus game, of the pick objects type, belonging to one of the ghosts is randomly triggered. The settings are similar to those showed by the Ghosts of Christmas in the novel. The Ghost of Christmas Past goes back to the schooldays of Scrooge to show that there was a time when he enjoyed Christmas. The Ghost of Christmas Present shows how people currently enjoy Christmas while Scrooge spends the day in misery. The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come goes into the future depicting a lonely death for Scrooge if he did not change his ways. The Ghosts of Christmas slot game also features a free spins bonus round in which a random number of free spins are awarded to the player. All line and scatter payouts are tripled in the free spins. The free spins can be triggered indefinitely.

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