Christmas Krampus Slot Review 2024

Get ready for a lashing from Santa’s evil sidekick Krampus in Light & Wonder’s latest release, Christmas Krampus!

Originating from Central Europe, Krampus is a horned demonic figure that pairs up with Santa once a year whilst he visits children. According to legend, Krampus is the son of Hel, the Norse God of the Underworld.

On the evening of the 5th December every year (also known as Krampus Night), Santa and Krampus pay a visit to children in their homes. It is said that nice children recieve a gift from Santa, whilst naughty children are swatted with birch sticks as punishment for their behaviour.

Other sources suggest that Krampus would either eat the naughty children or drag them to Hell. On the morning of the 6th December (St Nicholas Day), children will either wake to find gifts from Santa or tend to their wounds.

As we venture into the world of Krampus, will we be awarded with gifts or punishment? Let’s play on and find out!

Christmas Krampus Base Game

Christmas Krampus Base Game and Features

Christmas Krampus is a 5 reel slot with 10 fixed paylines. Winning combinations are formed when 3 or more of the same symbols (or 2 or more of the highest paying symbol) land from left to right, starting from the left-most reel.

The minimum bet available to players is £/€0.10 per spin and the maximum bet available is £/€20 per spin, with plenty of other options inbetween the two. Christmas Krampus has a theoretical RTP of 96.02% and a max win cap of 40,000x.

In terms of symbols, the highest paying rergular symbol here is the Christmas Krampus Logo, followed by the Elf, Christmas Tree, Snowman, Candy Cane and Presents. Low-paying symbols are standard Ace, King, Queen, Jack and Ten. Also present on the reels is Wild symbols which substitute for all other symbols except Scatters and Krampus symbols.

Game Provider
Maximum Bet 20
Maximum Win 40,000x
Paylines 10
Release Date 13/12/2022
RTP 96.00%
Mechanics Video Slot
Volatility Low
Reels 5
Minimum Bet 0.1

Present Symbols

Another symbol to pay attention to is the Present symbols, which will appear with a random Cash Value of x2, x3, x5, x10, x15, x20, x25, x30, x40 and x50 your current bet.

These cash values are only winnable during the Free Spins round. During the base game, the Wild symbol will only substitute for Present symbols in relation to paylines.

Christmas Krampus Free Spins

Landing 3, 4 or 5 Scatters across the reels in any position triggers the Free Spins round, awarding 6, 8 and 10 Free Spins respectively.

Once active, the Krampus symbol comes into play which acts as Wild, substituting for all High and Low-paying symbols in the paytable. No more than 3 Krampus symbols can land on the reels at any one time.

During Free Spins, Krampus symbols will collect all adjacent Cash Prizes from the Present symbols. The Krampus symbol will remain on the reel set and a Respin begins.

Each present Krampus symbol will move one position to the left, collecting all adjacent Cash Prizes as it goes. Cash Prizes on present symbols will be collected by more than one Krampus symbol.

Respins will end when all Krampus symbols have dropped off the left-most reel. All collected Cash Prizes will be stashed in the Stash Meter to the left of the reel set and added to the total win at the end of the Free Spins round.

During Respins, the Free Spins count will remain the same and wil start again once all Krampus symbols have left the reel set. The Free Spins round cannot be retriggered.

Christmas Krampus Free Spins

Christmas Krampus Bonus Buy

Those outside the UK will benefit from a Bonus Buy option.

Light & Wonder has granted players access to their Buy Pass, where you can purchase the Free Spins round for a total cost of 54.10x your current bet.

Once active, the game will award either 6, 8 or 10 Free Spins at random. (RTP 96.14%)

Christmas Krampus: Our Verdict

Krampus is said to be this nightmarish Christmas devil and seeing as we’re all adults here, Light & Wonder could have portrayed Krampus in a much scarier light in our opinion.

The base game is also quite tame when compared to other Light & Wonder titles, leaving a lot of wiggle room for improvement in the way of Features and Modifiers.

The base game may leave a bad taste in your mouth, but the Free Spins round soon makes up for this, and it’s here that you get to see Krampus in action. The idea of a Cash Prize collection feature is not entirely new to us, which we’ve seen in Stash & Grab Frenzy previously, but it’s an exciting feature nonetheless and one we appreciate.

Although Krampus isn’t as scary as we invisioned him to be, Christmas Krampus is a great game to get behind thanks to the impressive 40,000x max win cap that’s up for grabs.