The holiday season is nearly upon us, and the most wonderful time of the year is just around the corner. No, we’re not talking about Christmas, it’s almost Black Friday! On the busiest day in the commercial calendar, millions of shoppers will descend on city centres, all looking for a great deal. With that in mind, we’ve had a look at some of the best Black Friday slots out there, that could also potentially leave you with a pretty payout.
Ho Ho Tower
We move onto a slot that mixes the bustling cityscape of one of the biggest commercial markets in the world with all things Christmas; in short, it’s the perfect game for this blog! Ho Ho Tower is the sequel to Hong Kong Tower and it adds a festive twist to the original’s mechanics. It’s certainly a novel theme, but it works, and is helped by a cracking display and some quite nice bonus features. The visuals in this game are something to behold; it’s polished, the colour scheme makes the images pop out on the screen, and it’s wildly different from anything we’ve seen before. It’s set in Hong Kong, and the skyline is clearly visible in the backdrop, with an array of light beams that shine across it. On top of all this, the symbols have all been spruced up with Christmas decorations, such as fairy lights, candy canes, and more.
There are two bonus mechanics, one in the form of a Mystery Symbol and a minigame called the Wheels of the Sky feature. The former is a blank icon that will fall into random positions on the reels and can turn into one of the other symbols in play, potentially forming a new win in the process. These can often land in stacked piles, so the Mystery Symbol can offer fairly big rewards if you’re lucky. Additionally, you could land a stack of the game’s scatter, which will trigger the Wheels of the Sky bonus, though landing it at least three times normally will also activate the round.
The mode that follows is a wheel minigame, that focuses on the three wheels above the reels, coloured blue, green, and red. These serve as levels almost, as you will move along them if you progress far enough into the feature. The number of scatter symbols you hit when triggering the bonus will determine how many lives you get in this round, with one or two extra rewarded for four or five symbols respectively. If you spin the wheel and end up on a blank tile, you will lose one of them. The round will end if you have no lives left. Hitting the level up section will take you to the next wheel, whilst the prize will dole out a nice coin amount.
People have long debated what the true meaning of Christmas is, but Black Friday’s purpose is a little more straightforward; it’s all about shopping! Taking that into consideration, it’s easy to see why Shopping Spree earns a place on this list – it’s focused on the wonderful world of commerce. The visuals of this game reflect this perfectly, with a bright purple colour scheme, accompanied by escalators, shops, and carrier bags sprawled across the bottom. The symbols are thematically relevant too, with things like shoes, tags, and lipstick all featured on the reels. It doesn’t just look good though, there is a free spins round here that could give your final payout a nice boost.
This bonus round is triggered by landing three of the money bag scatter symbols anywhere in view on the reels. For this, you will receive fifteen free spins, which will allow you to spin without wagering a penny. That’s not all, though, as any wins you land for the entire duration of the bonus round will be subject to a 3x multiplier, so you get an even better payout. While there aren’t any other features in this game, there is a wild, shown as a female shopper. This will substitute for all other symbols apart from the scatter and may form new wins.
Jingle Spin is a festive slot with snow-covered visuals and some wonderful gameplay choices. Now, the big attraction in this slot is the Bauble Bonus, which can offer one of four different benefits. The mechanic is a wheel minigame, but is constantly in effect, with an animated Santa randomly dispensing these baubles on top of the reels. Each spin after this, they will move one row to the left and, if a wild lands on a reel with a bauble on top, it will activate that effect. The first of these is the Spreading Wild Bauble, which will cause all diagonal and adjacent symbols to also turn wild, after which a new calculation is made. Then there is the Free Spins one, which will have a random number written on the bauble. If you trigger it, you will receive the equivalent of the figure in free spins. The penultimate bauble is the Coin Win, which will offer a prize if activated. Finally, the Surprise Bauble will award one of the previous benefits.
We finish with a title that isn’t a slot, but we would be remiss if we didn’t mention it on Black Friday; Blackjack. This classic casino game is one of the most popular of its ilk and is widely available online. It is a very simple game too, with only a few rules to consider. You play against the dealer and have to try and get a card value of 21, or as close to that number as you possibly can. You will be dealt two cards initially but will have the chance to ‘hit’, if you think you can do better, or you can stick, if you’re already confident. That’s not all, though, as online Blackjack offers features and bets you wouldn’t have in an actual game. If you’re struggling with some of the lingo in this game, why not read our guide to blackjack terms blog?