Released on November 19, 2020 by its developer Betsoft Gaming, Take Santa’s Shop is an html5 video slot adaptation of a Christmastime break-in at a Santa Claus’s shop. Themes: end-of-year Christian festival, theft, card values, explosive, and festivity décor.
Betsoft-owned A Christmas Carol (December 2015) is the developer’s only other Christmas-inspired game, although its other robbery-themed slots are Take the Bank (October 2019) and Heist (June 2010). Relatable rival games of Take Santa’s Shop: Santa vs Rudolf (November 2019) from NetEnt, Naughty Santa (November 2011) from Habanero, and Swindle All the Way (October 2017) from RTG.
One symbol (snow globe) requires two, three, four, or five winning combinations. Eleven symbols (gingerbread cookie, Christmas stocking, rocking horse, Christmas bells, stick candy, A, K, Q, J, 10, and 9) require three, four, or five winning combinations.
Take Santa’s Shop Game Characteristics
Take Santa’s Shop’s 5X4 grid is set atop a brown picket fence, which is to the left of an ice-covered A-frame roofed stony-and-wooden Santa Claus’s shop. Its moonlit, snowy background comprises of interlocking spurs and hoar frosted conifers.
Its partitioned, blue-framed grid has translucent reels. There are 75 left-to-right non-adjustable paylines, fifteen symbols, eleven total bets, transformed symbols, locked cannonballs, multiple locked cannonballs during the buyable free games, no side game, and has lowly regular payouts ranging from $0.01 to $72.00.
Take Santa’s Shop has three special symbols and twelve ordinary symbols. Special symbols: the substituting wild is a red-and-golden cannonball on a Christmas wreath; an arms-folding hulky thief in a striped red-and-white tee shirt and Christmas cap; exclusive to the inner reels, the free games-triggering scatter is a red, green and golden “bonus” sleigh loaded with a white Santa sack.
Ordinary symbols: golden-and-glass snow globe containing snowman; gingerbread cookie wearing a Christmas cap; Christmas stocking containing Christmas ornaments; golden Christmas bells with purple ribbons; blue-and-golden rocking horse; ribbon-fitted red-and-white stick candy; and six card values—A-shaped, K-shaped, Q-shaped, J-shaped, 10-shaped, and 9-shaped Christmas wreaths.
Bet sizes of Take Santa’s Shop: $0.20 (minimum bet), $0.60, $1.00, $1.40, $3.00, $5.00, $7.00, $12.00, $14.00, $16.00, and $24.00 (maximum bet).
The $24.00 bet offers these maximal regular Take Santa’s Shop payouts. Two, three, four, and five snow globes pay $1.20, $4.80, $14.40, and $72.00. Three, four, and five: gingerbread dolls pay $3.60, $7.20, and $24.00; Christmas stocking pays $3.60, $6.00, and $21.60; Christmas bells, or rocking horse, or stick candy, or A pays $2.40, $4.80, and $14.40; K, or Q, or J, or 10, or 9 pays $1.20, $2.40, and $7.20.
Drawn thieves burst into locked cannonballs that are lined along the partitions until the end the ten-game countdown, which is displayed on the large cannonball at bottom right and all other drawn cannonball; upon exhausting every batch of ten rounds, it is then that the locked cannonballs burst again to reveal “wild” snowflakes. Five-of-a-kind of “wild” cannonballs pay a maximum of $72.00.
Three “bonus” sleighs prompt 15 free games characterized by position-changing “wild” cannonballs. The buyable 15 free games—comprising of three optional plans—are valued at a minimum of X27 the bet, whose lowest total costs for each plan are as follows: $5.40, $16.20, $27.00, $37.80, $81.00, $135.00, $189.00, $324.00, $378.00, $432.00, or $648.00. Note: each of the aforementioned total costs have two other plans for the accompanying five cannonballs, or seven cannonballs, or ten cannonballs.
For instance: if the player has staked $24.00, they can only buy free games for at least $648.00. Thus, pressing the yellow “648.00”cart on the left prompts players to buy free games: for $648.00 (offered five cannonballs); or for $1200.00 (offered seven cannonballs); or for $2280.00 (offered ten cannonballs). The non-progressive jackpot is X359.7, which (359.7X24) is $8632.80.
The good Take Santa’s Shop software has: desktop and mobile versions; quick spin; and 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 40, 50, and 100 autospins. Ambient background: instrumental Christmas carol. Sound effects: jingling, blasting, tolling bell, clanging, and chinking. The animated 3D graphics include: glitter effect, burning fuse, sunburst, glowing sunburst, flashing Christmas lights, glowing, fiery blast, rocking sleigh, and snowfall.
Luck in Take Santa’s Shop
The RTP rate of Take Santa’s Shop, a game of chance, is 96.08%. The house edge is 3.92%.