Xmas Drop Slot Review

Join Santa as he races against the clock to deliver all the gifts in time for Christmas, in Xmas Drop courtesy of Hacksaw Gaming!

Christmas is the most busiest and wonderful time of the year, and not just for us parents! Santa has got quite a journey ahead of him, traveling around the world and delivering presents to girls and boys who made it on the nice list this year.

Don’t worry grown-ups, Santa also has a separate list for those of us who have been particularly good this year, and he has the perfect gift in mind.

Courtesy of Hacksaw Gaming, Santa has prepared a slot full to the brim with opportunities to win up to 12,500x. Expanding Wild Santas and Multipliers of up to 200x are all part of the magical package, complimented by 2 Free Spins rounds that will certainly get you into the festive mood!

Xmas Drop Base Game

Xmas Drop Base Game and Features

Xmas Drop is a 5-reel Video Slot with 19 fixed pay lines. Winning combinations are formed when 3 or more of the same symbols land from left to right, starting from the leftmost reel.

The minimum bet available here is £.€0.10 per spin and the maximum bet available is £.€100 per spin, with plenty of other options in between the two. Xmas Drop has a theoretical RTP of 96.22% and a max win cap of 12,500x.

In terms of symbols, the highest-paying regular symbol here is the Bells, followed by the Bear, Tree, Candy Cane, and Stocking. Low-paying symbols are standard Ace, King, Queen, Jack, and Ten. Wilds substitute for all High and Low-paying symbols.

Game Provider Hacksaw Gaming
Maximum Bet 100
Maximum Win 12,500x
Paylines 19
Release Date 30/11/2023
RTP 96.22%
Mechanics Video Slot
Volatility Mid - High
Reels 5
Minimum Bet 0.10

Wild Santa Symbols

When a Wild Santa symbol lands, it can expand to cover the reel as long as it is part of at least 1 winning combination once expanded.

Expanded Wild Santa symbols will act as a Wild on every position it covers during expansion. These symbols are only able to expand downward, to the bottom of the reel. During gameplay, each reel can land 1 Wild Santa symbol at a time.

Wild Gift Symbols

Wild Gift symbols also have the ability to expand on the reels. If a Wild Gift symbol expands through a Wild Santa symbol, it will transform into a Multiplier Wild between 2x and 200x that is applied to the entire expanded Wild Santa symbol.

If a winning combination has more than 1 expanded Wild Santa with a multiplier, all multiplier values will be added together first and then applied to the win.

Night Before Xmas Free Spins

Landing 3 FS Scatters in the base game triggers the Night Before Xmas Free Spins round, awarding 10 Free Spins.

During this round, you have an increased chance of landing Wild Scatter and Wild Gift symbols than in the base game. Landing 3 FS Scatters during this time will award an additional +4 Free Spins. 

If 4 FS Scatters should land during this round, you will automatically enter Santa Claus is Coming to Town Free Spins at the end of the current spin. If the remaining number of spins is less than 10, the number of Free Spins will be reset back to 10.

Xmas Drop - Night Before Xmas Free Spins

Santa Claus is Coming to Town Free Spins

Landing 4 FS Scatters in the base game or during Night Before Xmas triggers the Santa Claus is Coming to Town Free Spins round, awarding 10 Free Spins. 

During this round, each reel can be activated by landing a Wild Santa symbol on that reel. Once a reel is active, a Wild Santa symbol is guaranteed to land on that reel for the remainder of Free Spins.

Landing 3 FS Scatters during this time will award an additional +4 Free Spins.

Xmas Drop - Santa Claus is Coming to Town Free Spins

Xmas Drop Bonus Buy

Those outside the UK will benefit from a Bonus Buy option. Hacksaw Gaming has granted players access to 5 Bonus Buy options as follows.

  • Bonushunt FeatureSpins – Each spin is 5 times more likely to trigger a Free Spins round for 3x your bet.
  • 2 Wild Santa FeatureSpins – Each spin is guaranteed to award at least 2 Wild Santa symbols for 20x your bet.
  • 3 Wild Santa FeatureSpins – Each spin is guaranteed to award at least 3 Wild Santa symbols for 50x your bet.
  • Night Before Xmas Free Spins – 110x your bet.
  • Santa Claus is Coming to Town Free Spins – 200x your bet.

Xmas Drop: Our Verdict

Hacksaw Gaming and their festive offering this year comes with a very familiar feeling. If you’re up to date with Hacksaw’s catalogue and all of the intricacies of each and every title, then you’ll know straight away that Xmas Drop is in fact, RIP City in disguise.

It’s not often that Hacksaw does a reskin, but you could perhaps forgive them seeing as Christmas slots have very specific seasonal appeal before their popularity wanes with those who cannot bear to even think about Christmas once the day has come and gone. Until then, Xmas Drop stands out as one of the better Christmas releases in our eyes.

If it’s festivities and potential that you’re looking for, then Xmas Drop covers all bases with its winter wonderland aesthetic and 12,500x max win cap. The win cap here makes it identical to RIP City, and even better than some other Hacksaw Gaming titles.

We can’t give Hacksaw Gaming any points for originality, on top of the kudos we already gave them for RIP City anyway, but we can commend them for making the world of slots feel a little more festive.