Ding Dong Christmas Bells Slot Review
It’s a nicely performed Christmas-themed video slot with well-done graphics & animations, fun music, and the max win of x2,100 by the stake. There is only one bonus feature for you to take advantage of — an FS round with free spins, Wilds, win multipliers, and extra FS. Also, you should know that this Extreme-volatility video slot has just ten fixed win lines.
Ding Dong Christmas Bells General Characteristics
- 10 pay lines
- 5 reels and 3 rows
- Extreme Volatility
- RTP: 96.05%, 95.04%, 94.03%
- Hit Frequency: 22.62% (1 in 4.42 spins)
- Bonus / Free Spins Frequency: 1.11% (1 in 89.94 spins)
- Win over 1000x bet hit frequency: 1 in 32,308 spins
- Max win hit frequency: 1 in 239,205 spins
- Bet amount: 0.1 EUR - 250 EUR
- Maximum win multiplier: x2,100
- Maximum win value: 525,000 EUR
- 11 main symbols
- Additional symbols: Wild
Ding Dong Christmas Bells Bonus Features
There is only one bonus feature you should become familiar with. And we're talking about an FS round.
There are 5 Christmas featuring bells above the play grid. Each one correlates by color with one of the paying symbols, also depicted as a bell. Whenever a bell-pictured paying symbol hits the playfield, it initiates the corresponding Christmas bell's ding-dong ring. And exactly that, in a randomly chosen moment, sometimes triggers an FS round, providing initially as many as 10 free spins.
All the Christmas bells (1 - 5), which randomly trigger an FS round, become Wilds just for a period of the bonus game instead of regular paying symbols (bells) of the same color. These are substituting regular pictures and are payable themselves (x200 to the stake for 5 of those). Moreover, each Wild has an x2 win multiplier. If several Wilds are in a winning combination, their multipliers are summarized before applying.
Any of those Wilds that weren't activated at the beginning of an FS round could be involved in the bonus game process during the free spins in the same way as in the base game. In this case, each Christmas bell, partaking in a new FS triggering, becomes Wild, either. Each time this happens during the current bonus game, 5 extra FS are added, besides new Wilds.
To increase the chances of an FS round triggering, use the ‘Ante bet’ option, which will cost you 50% of your stake per spin. Despite the additional expense, regular wins will be calculated as if your stake is the same as before the ‘Ante bet’ activation. While this mode is on, the FS round buy function is disabled.
Buy Mystery Bell
This function allows you to buy a bonus FS game activation during the following spin. Amount of Wilds involved in the bonus game is random (1 - 5) as in the usual FS round triggering. This function activation will cost you x100 to the stake.
Our Experience Playing Ding Dong Christmas Bells
To provide the most complete understanding of what it's like playing this slot, we prudently made an experiment with a 300-spin round. The stake was €1 per spin, while the overall game balance — €200.
The first 100 spins brought us an FS round, earning €30.5. Besides that, there were also 20 base game wins, none of which was lower than the current bet (€1). Their amounts were from €1 to €3. The biggest gap between consecutive cash prizes was eight spins. The final balance after the 100th spin totaled €156.5.
There were three times an FS round triggered within the second hundred spins. That brought us an overall €82. Also, there were 16 regular wins. They were traditionally varying from €1 to €3. The most elongated period between wins became equal to 11 spins this time. Despite three bonus games, the game balance upon the 200th spin was just €163.5.
The third hundred spins delivered us the last triggering of an FS round that made us just €14. This time, the number of base game winnings was 19 (€1 - €3). The final balance amount totaled €105.5. So, we lost precisely €94.5.
The first aspect we immediately drew attention to was the absence of wins lower than the bet. But there was nothing to be happy about, as most of them brought only €1. Although sometimes, there were wins up to €3 but not higher. So, the only way to get a big prize was by using the bonus function, which is single here. Moreover, its generosity heavily depends on how many Wilds are involved in the FS round gaming process. We played with two Wilds maximum, which, as you can see, didn’t bring us that much.
Ding Dong Christmas Bells Verdict
This slot delivers simple gameplay, lovely visuals, and a cheerful Christmas soundtrack. Among other pros are up to x200 by the stake base game payouts, the x2,100 to the current bet max win, and a bonus game with free spins. The last ones could propose up to five Wilds involved, each with an x2 win multiplier. So, the more Wilds, the bigger your chances for a huge prize. Any FS retriggering will bring you five extra free spins and new Wilds to play with. Moreover, as you can see, there is a well-high free spin triggering frequency here.
But it is not without its shortcomings either. The first one is that the RTP value ranges. Next, there is just one bonus feature present, the generosity of which depends on how many Wilds are involved. The last drawback we ran into is rare big regular wins, which makes a base game not that profitable.
Nonetheless, it's a title you should try due to the admirable Christmas festive theme performance and easy-to-embrace gameplay, which, under certain circumstances, could be even beneficial enough.