Carol of the Elves Online Slot by Yggdrasil is right in time for Christmas with a cheery, festive vibe, featuring 2 elves who drop welcome gifts onto the reels to help your winning chances. The reels resemble windowpanes framed by intricately carved patterns and backed by the decorated boughs of a fir tree. The two elves, clad in red and green, sit on either end of the grid, waiting to help you out while cute Christmas critters make up the symbols. The game’s features include respins, multipliers, and a changing reelset.
While the game does not have any standalone bonus features, the central mechanic produces some great winning opportunities.
The game’s 5x3 grid starts out with a 1-3-5-3-1 layout with 12 of the reel positions shrouded in frost. When you land a winning combination, you will gain a respin and you will de-frost covered positions, equal to the number of symbols that made up the winning combination. Uncovering all the positions will result in the ways to win increasing from 45 to 3125.
The two aforementioned elves sit on either side of the reels, each perched on top of a column of 5 lanterns. Once you have unlocked all the reel positions, with each winning combination, magic orbs equal to the number of the symbols in the combination will fly off to either the left or the right to light up the lanterns beneath either elf. If 5 magic orbs are collected by the green elf, you will gain a +1 multiplier that will increase by 1 with every additional 5 magic orbs collected. If the red elf collects 5 orbs, you will gain an ‘extra life’ that stops the reelset from reverting to its original format if you land a non-winning spin
Carol of the Elves slot is not for the impulsive or impatient, but the potential payoff could make it all worthwhile. The central mechanic of this slot, namely, the changing reelset is a concept that Yggdrasil has used before to great effect and this slot is no exception.
There is a real sense of excitement that washes over you as you land winning combos and uncover blocked reel positions to unlock the game’s true potential. Between respins, extra lives and win multipliers, reaching the estimated top potential of $870 450 is well within the realm of possibility. The only drawback here is the potentially high frustration factor with landing a series of non-winning spins.
If you’re in the market for a challenging and lucrative Christmas slot experience, look no further.