Theme and graphics
Scrooge is another masterpiece from Microgaming. This game combines a New Year’s Eve theme with a horror one, so you can celebrate Christmas in the company of magicians and skeletons. Other symbols include keys, clocks and books. The game’s backdrop is in dark tones. The game control panel with all the necessary buttons is conveniently located at the bottom of the screen. Also worth highlighting is the excellent soundtrack that keeps you entertained. Thanks to good optimization, Scrooge loads very quickly and runs without any problems. There is no need to install any software, just a web browser. If you’re looking for a thrilling game with medium variance, you should definitely give this slot a try. It will work equally well for people unfamiliar with casinos as well as experienced players.
Gameplay and Paylines
The expensive symbols in Scrooge are the doorknob, the elderly man, the boy with blue hair, the man with the beard, the skeleton, the prisoner and the young boy. Each of these differs in value. Payouts for them, depending on the number of identical icons in the line, can range from 25 to 600 coins. The cheapest icons are the safe, bag of coins, diary, clock and keys. A combination of these symbols will win you between 12 and 150 coins. Before you spin the reels, you must first place your bet by using the buttons on the control panel at the bottom of the screen. You can change the value of one coin from 0.01 to 0.50 and the number of coins per line from 1 to 10.
Scrooge has 50 winning lines, giving you a great chance of forming combinations on each of your spins. You have to catch 3 of the same symbols in one of the lines to get your payout. Pay special attention to the game’s logo, which is Wild, the best symbol in Scrooge. A line of 5 of these icons can bring you a win of 6,000 coins.
The reels of Scrooge slot show all the main characters of the story “A Christmas Carol”, including Scrooge himself, spirits and a beggar boy on crutches. There’s also a huge safe, a bag of gold coins, a locked ledger, an expensive old watch and a bunch of keys.
• Wild is the signature Scrooge logo. He himself forms a combination (two characters) and helps to make them out of other pictures (except Scatter and bonus), with a chance to take the place of the missing. Combinations in which one of the symbols replaces the Wild, paid by double the odds.
• Scatter is the handle on the gate, made in the form of a man’s head. Scatter can form combinations, regardless of their position on the reels and the number of active lines. If three of these symbols appear on the screen, the player receives a payout. Its size equals the total bet multiplied by a factor of 2, 10 or 200 (for two, three or four Scatter respectively).
Scrooge slot also has a special symbol that brings the bonus round to a close and determines the number of free spins.
The Scrooge slot machine bonus round is a free spins with double the odds, during which an additional game called Xmas Dinner Bonus can be started.
In the top right-hand corner of the game window there is a calendar, counting down the days until December 25th, in the left-hand corner there is a free spins counter. Before each spin begins, a symbol may appear at random on the reels, which either flips one sheet of the calendar or adds one spin. The bonus game will start when Christmas appears on the calendar (celebrated on 25 December in Western countries).
The bet in the free spins is calculated based on how much the user has bet in the main game. The number of spins is equal to the amount accumulated on the counter, but not less than three. The number of active lines will be the same as in the last round. The free spins cannot be extended.
At this point, the Xmas Dinner bonus game may begin. The user must choose a dish for each character in the story. It then remains to wait to see which one of them manages the meal faster. The dishes have different odds, by which the total bet is multiplied. This is how the size of the prize payout is determined.