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Holly Jolly Penguins slot from Microgaming

Holly Jolly Penguins slot from Microgaming
After signing contracts for an exclusive collaboration with Stormcraft, Triple Edge, and Slingshot in 2018, the platform giant Microgaming welcomed the new studio: Fortune Factory, to join the alliance's group. Microgaming ambitiously hoped to further diversify its production in branches, directions, and range of top content with this new partner.

One of the products of the latter tie-up is the Holly Jolly Penguins slot machine. It is imaginative, comical, well designed, graphically, and musically just perfect, with the frisky, little teasers as main characters, which can put a smile on your face with every spin. The story (behind the slot) seems to be that no matter who you are: small, big, skillful, talented or clumsy and ‘green,’ you certainly want to be part of the holiday preparation and to share every fun activity with the pack.

Technically the slot’s attributes are a 5x3 playing field, 45 pay lines, Medium Volatility, and an RTP of 96.1%.

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Personal testers’ opinion

We must start with how funny the symbols look, although they are not immediately distinguishable from each other (perhaps too detailed). However, we all like penguins, right? Some might think the slot is kinda childish, but hey, no judging the holiday spirit, in whichever form comes to us! Another pleasant surprise to us was the stacked and mixed Wilds and the stacked Scatters in both: the base and the bonus game. Plus Free Spins, which have a variable initial number (up to 80), but after that - inside the bonus round, could be unlimitedly re-triggered/extended (if you are lucky, of course), with an extra 5, 10, or 20 Free Spins each time 3+ new adjacent Scatters appear.

Regarding the frequency the Free Spins appear, our statistics show that the bonus round is initiated after every 93 spin, which is a decent number, i.e. you will not wait long for triggering. Another acceptable stat figure is the probability of getting any hit (winning) - 35.5%, meaning that inside 100 spins over 35 will bring some payout. Well, that might not be a bad number, but still not good enough to maintain the balance at a good level. Therefore the Holly Jolly Penguins slot machine is not a suitable slot for the bonus hunters. It scored just 4.61 (out of 10) on our wagering scale. While with real money testing, the best payout our team scored was just a measly 86, the total bet. After multiple sessions in different casinos, ending with loss, it made evident that this is not a generous slot when played with medium or high bets.

This is 1 fun to play slot, but with doubtable winning potential, and not the greatest at wagering the bonus money. Perhaps it is a possibility for low rollers, who can use the 'hit and run' strategy - to pause or leave the slot immediately after a large payout or after a Free Spins round.

Hidden parameters and settings of the slot (data from the testing team)

  • The frequency of triggering the bonus is statistically, every 93rd spin (1,07%).
  • The probability of a hit (any winning) is 35,50%.
  • The distribution of the winnings is 70% in the usual spins and 30% in the bonus feature.
  • The maximum payout during the tests was 86x.
  • The average winning from the bonus was 19x.
  • Volatility is 6,2 out of 20 (average).
  • Cycle length is average.
  • The rating of the slot machine for the wagering is 4,61 out of 10.
  • RTP of 96.1% allows getting a positive mathematical expectation at the casino.

Free Spins

  • ‘2 penguins on a sleigh’ is the Scatter symbol.
  • 3, 4, and 5 Scatters will reward with 5, 10, or 20 Free Spins. Plus, if you get stacked Scatters on reels 2 and 3, you can enter the action with up to 80 Free Spins. Inside the bonus round itself, the feature can be retriggered (according to the developer indefinitely), with an extra 5, 10, or 20 extra spins whenever 3+ new adjacent Scatters are dropped.

Settings of the slot machine

  • Recommendations. Find the best bet for you, and do not risk playing at high stakes from the very beginning.
  • The maximum winning is 2500x while playing at the highest bet from five wild symbols of the same type.
  • The range of bets is from 0.50 to 125 coins.
  • The RTP is 96.1%.
  • Bonuses. The free spins feature allows you to win up to 80 spins at once and extend them with no limits.
  • Special symbols are two wild symbols that bring payments even when you mix these symbols.

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Written by Kamen Valev
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