December Update – The Perfect Way To End 2015

By Peter Adams | 31st of December 2015
December Update – The Perfect Way To End 2015

The final month of 2015 came it several great new slot machines and they can all be played for free right here. From the special editions of iconic NetEnt games to the latest release from Playtech, December had it all and made it the perfect way to end a great year.

It is the month of Christmas and one that is always filled with joy and gifts. This makes it a great time to play some online casino games while relaxing at home or on mobile while waiting in line at the store. The biggest providers in the business celebrated that festive season by launching new slots and made it a month filled with action. Brands which offered such gifts include Net Entertainment, Play’n GO, Playtech, IGT and more but the one that stands out the most is Microgaming, having launched not one, not two, not three, but four new slot machines throughout the month of December.

Stardust

It is only fitting then that we start with a Microgaming release. Stardust was launched on December 1st and it is a game with bright colorful gems, a space theme and various features for generating more prizes. The game is on par with the other recent releases from the provider and has a futuristic soundtrack.

One of the things which make it stand out is the unique way the free spins mode is triggered. On the right side of the screen, there is a meter where gems from the third reel can be collected. Gem symbols are images of a galaxy and they must appear on the center reel to be considered for the meter on the same betting size during a gaming session. When the free spins are triggered, the number of active lines increases from the 40 fixed ones during the base game to 1,024 ways to win to cover all the bases. Other features include Radiant Respin, which can only be triggered in the base game and will cause reels 4 and 5 to respin after getting a winning combination in order to boost the winnings. There are also stacked wilds which become superstacked for reels 4 and 5 during the free spins.

Bullseye

Another new slot machine from Microgaming which was launched on December 1st is Bullseye. This game is based on the TV game show which was presented by comedian Jim Bowen and saw huge success in the UK. Revolving around the game of darts, the show saw three pairs of competitors playing to win prizes while being encouraged by the darts playing bull mascot known as Bully.

All of these details and more are represented in the Bullseye slot machine, which comes with an old-school style to show off the TV show which ran from 1981 to 1995. The game has five reels with three rows of symbols where 243 ways to win are always active. The darts touches are of course a big part of the theme and the game show is further represented in the bonus game where a player must choose a place on the board and in the free spins mode triggered by three darts board symbols. The symbols also show the mascot, some nice prizes contestants on the show could win, beer and more.

Serenity

Serenity is a gorgeous slot machine launched by Microgaming on December 10th. The game has a calming theme with a great design to make everything look spectacular. Asian influences make it even more calming, with the background image showing a majestic landscape for players to enjoy while spinning the five reels. While there are only 15 lines available, the game awards wins pretty frequently given its features.

Players can get free spins from at least three scatters at the same time and all of the wins obtained in this mode will be tripled. There is also a bonus game which can award prizes of up to 500 times the line bet if it is triggered by five bonus symbols. And of course, wild symbols are very common and they will help create more winning combinations.

Given its great design and attention to detail, it didn’t take long for Serenity to become one of the most popular slots this month and Microgaming-powered online casinos are now featuring it as a top title as a result. No matter if you are playing it for free or for real money, the calming effect it has with its visuals and soundtrack make it perfect for December.

Happy Holidays

Finally, the last slot machine from Microgaming which we will cover this year is Happy Holidays. Of course, the provider had to release something with a Christmas theme to meet the demands of the season and it hit the nail on the head with this festive slot. Snow everywhere and various symbols based on celebrating Christmas make it a fun game for December, while the features make sure that gifts were not just found under the tree.

The Happy Holidays slot machine has 243 ways to win and players can get prizes of up to 880,000 coins during the free spins as three or more scatter symbols will not just trigger the mode, but also add another row of symbols. As a result, the number of active lines increases to 1,024 ways to win. As a special treat, the symbol of the snowman will act as a semi-wild and have the power to transform into any of the remaining four high symbols in order to create the highest possible win. There is also a Frosty Feature where only one scatter is enough to trigger the free spins feature and will also award cash pays for the five high paying symbols showing on the screen.

Family Guy

IGT got the rights to create a slot machine based on the Family Guy TV series and launched a game for land-based casinos back in 2013. It now finally made its way to the online gaming world and it is a very amusing game to enjoy on the internet. Needless to say that the popularity of the series creates a large pool of potential players with this release and the slot machine really focuses on incorporating as many things as possible in the gameplay.

The main characters are featured in the game as symbols but they also appear alongside the reels, saying lines from the show. There are four features for the Griffin family and they all come with something special, while there is also a World Bonus game that can award one of three bonuses based on where the globe stops.

Aztec Princess

Play’n GO launched two slots this month, with the first one being Aztec Princess. The attention to detail we’ve come to expect from the provider is also present in this game and it goes a long way to showing off the Aztec theme.

A nice feature found here is the bonus game which can start with the help of three or more symbols of the skulls. This will change the playing screen and show three rounds of skulls, where the player must select one every time to put on the podium. The prize is awarded based on the final three skulls selected and can lead to huge prizes. There are also free spins and wild symbols.

Wizard of Gems

The second and the main slot release from Play’n GO this month is Wizard of Gems. This colorful creation made big waves with its launch on December 10th and is a top choice among players. The magical theme is represented by the powerful wizard who can be seen alongside the reels.

When a winning combination is obtained on the screen, the wizard will make the respective symbols disappear in order to make room for other ones to fall in their place. Getting consecutive wins on the same bet with the help of this feature will also increase the multiplier from x1, to x2, to x3 and then to x5. To increase the wins even further, there are also free spins that can be triggered when there are three golden stars anywhere on the screen. The mode can be re-triggered to reach 50 consecutive free spins.

The powerful spellbook is the wild symbol and can substitute for any regular symbol in the game.

Ace Ventura

Playtech makes the list for this month with a great release as it launched Ace Ventura on December 14th. As the name would suggest, the game is based on the movie Ace Ventura: Pet Detective starring Jim Carrey in the main role. Having launched in 1994, the movie was a big hit and paved the way for sequels as well as a great career as a comedy actor for Jim Carrey.

The provider really went all out with the details to make the slot machine feature as many things from the movie as possible. As a result, the famed pet detective actually represents several symbols in the game, one of which is the wild. When the main symbols form winning combinations, they show short clips taken right from the movie.

An interesting feature found in this game is the special functions for the free spins mode. During the base game, players can collect modifiers which are presented in the top left corner. There are a total of six of these animal modifiers and each of them will add something extra to make the free spins more rewarding when they are triggered by three bonus symbols. It is possible to have two modifiers active at the same time or three if one with a key shows up. And that is not all, with the Ace Ventura slot machine also having three in-reel features where the charismatic detective appears on the screen to create extra wilds, turn reels in two wilds or make a winning spin out of a losing one.

Flowers and Fruit Shop Christmas Editions

Net Entertainment didn’t actually release something completely new this month but it did launch special editions of two of its most popular games on December 1st. Both Flowers and Fruit Shop received Christmas Editions to their theme to make them a better fit for the holidays. This was done with some style changes since both games were initially designed to by sunny and colorful. Some snow on the symbols and different background images, with the addition of some changes on the reels as well, made the games perfect choices this month and players seemed to agree.

Of course, the basic features remained the same so players can still enjoy the things that made the games popular in the first place; only difference being that they now have a Christmas theme.

To provide a bit more information, Flowers Christmas Edition has double symbols as its main feature. This means that the flower symbols can appear as singles or as doubles, allowing combinations of up to 10 symbols to be created on one line. The Free Spin symbols can also appear as double and it makes triggering the mode easier, while wilds are only single.

Fruit Shop Christmas Edition stands out with the way it awards free spins. No special scatters are needed as any combination of the fruit symbols will also generate free spins. Also, during the mode, the card symbols can add free spins to the counter as well and all the wins are doubled.