Ho Ho Tower Slot
ELK Studios is known for having more than one slot inspired by Christmas that’s a bit different. It was the same studio after that made Taco Brothers: Saving Christmas. That slot brought Christmas to Mexico in a very roundabout way. Ho Ho Tower is no different. A Christmas re-skin of ELK’s slot Hong Kong Tower, it introduces us to the way Christmas is celebrated in an non-Christian country.
- Video slot
- 99 ways to win (connecting paylines)
- Wagers between £ 0.10 and £50
- RTP of 96.4 %
- Medium to high volatility
Ho Ho Tower Slot Design
This version of Christmas might need some getting used to from purists. In the background stands the Hong Kong Tower – “ho ho” is a clear Santa reference.
The background music and additional noises are what you get to hear every day you enter a shopping centre during the Christmas period, the hustle and bustle of people as well as a quite tasteful piano rendition of “We wish you a Merry Christmas”. The music loops quite early however and only plays during spins, which can make it annoying to listen to the same fragments over and over again.
The symbols are made up of striped Christmas candy for low-paying symbols and an assortment of less traditional images for higher-paying symbols. Among these symbols you can find a bonsai decorated for Christmas, the lucky seven and a pair of lilies.
Ho Ho Tower Slot Bonus
Ho Ho Tower comes with a bonus game instead of the usual free spins. 3 or more red ying and yang bonus symbols trigger the bonus game. If you’re lucky enough to hit more than three
red bonus symbols, you gain 2 additional turns for the bonus feature. A blue mystery bonus symbol always awards you with 2 extra turns.
The bonus round takes you to the top of Ho Ho Tower. On the wheel are different coin wins as well as a lucky ying and yang symbol. The coin wins are instant, while the symbol takes you to a new wheel with even higher wins. This means you win in any case.
The coin wins are always decent, and watching the bonus wheel turn to “Auld Lang Syne” is exciting, not least due to the fairly long animation (you can cut it short if you don’t like the suspense)
Ho Ho Tower Mystery Symbols
The mystery symbols, which you can recognise by the slot’s logo, are a bit of a frustrating bonus mechanic. Whenever you are close to a win on a line and have a mystery symbol in a position that can help you secure the win, the mystery symbol may change into whatever symbol you need to win.
This can also happen when you’re close to the bonus round. In that case, the mystery symbol turns into a blue bonus symbol, which gives you two additional bonus rounds.
However, there’s usually lots of mystery symbols and no way to actually trigger them, which rarely makes the feature into something exciting. Especially with high-paying symbols, this could be a great opportunity for a last-minute win, but it doesn’t happen very often.
Luckily, it doesn’t need to. Ho Ho Tower features 99 different ways to win, and you do win fairly often – even though it’s mostly with lower-paying symbols.
Ho Ho Tower – Slotsia Verdict
This online casino slot presents us with a wholly different version of Christmas. You don’t have to play it for its seasonal appeal, as the bonus game is lucrative and a lot of fun in its own right. Not every slot needs a free spins feature, but we would have wished for wilds or something else to make up for the mystery symbols, which can be slightly disappointing. Overall Ho Ho Tower is another decent slot by ELK, which plays especially well on mobile devices.