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Microgaming offers more holiday themed pokies than you might expect. The gaming software company offers several Christmas themed poker machines. Other games take their inspiration from Halloween and New Year’s Eve. If you want to expand the idea to international holidays or vacation times, then games depicting spring break are offered.
If you define the various cultural festivals thrown worldwide as holidays, since some are inspired by religious days, you’ll find several games which involve holiday events and merrymaking. We want to discuss all of these, so let’s get started with the Yuletide pokies.
At least five Christmas inspired poker machines are offered by Microgaming. You’ll find these titles in all of the recommended casino listed in the above table. Such games include: Ho Ho Ho Pokies, Santa’s Wild Ride, Santa Paws, Jingle Bells, and Deck the Halls Pokies.
Ho Ho Ho Pokies is a 5-reel, 15 pay-line game featuring reel symbols with Santa Claus, Santa’s sleigh, reindeer, a Gingerbread Man, candy canes, holiday cookies, and a Christmas tree. The machine features wild symbols, scatter symbols, free spins, video slots, a gamble feature, and a maximum jackpot of 15,000 coins.
Santa’s Wild Ride Pokies depicts Kris Kringle as you’ve never seen him. In this game, Santa Claus has taken off from the North Pole on a Harley Davidson motorcycle and appears to be cruising across the landscape on an eating binge. Reel symbols include cakes, cookies, pastries, stacked sandwiches, and mugs of beer. Santa’s chopper also gets its own reel icon.
The bonus game includes 25 free spins and your choice of stacked wilds, expanding wilds, or sliding wilds–which slide across the reel and appear at random locations across the machine face. Other features include scatter symbols and a random multiplier.
Santa Paws Pokies offers Christmas in a land of anthropomorphic animals. This cartoon Santa seems to be a cheery looking white wolf or silver fox. Animal icons include a polar bear, a snow owl, a white rabbit, a penguin, and a killer whale (with toy reindeer horns). The game has 5 reels, 20 pay-lines, wilds, scatters, and a gamble feature.
If you prefer a more traditional Christmas game, you should like Jingle Bells Online Pokies. The images on this game include a Christmas wreath, mistletoe, and the ringing bells. Other reel symbols include single-bars, double-bars, and triple-bars. This 3 reel, 5 pay-line game offers a wild symbol, auto-play option, and a fixed jackpot of 6,000 coins.
The Christmas themed poker machine with the biggest jackpot is Deck The Halls Pokies. Deck The Halls Poker Machines have 5 reel and 30 lines with a wild symbol, a scatter symbol, free spins, and an auto-play feature. Mobile punters can find Deck The Hall Pokies in mobile casinos powered by Microgaming software, too.
Halloween gets its share of gaming machine action, too. The Trick-or-Treat online poker machine goes for traditional images from the costume-wearing event derived from the Catholic holiday known as All Hallow’s Eve–itself derived from the Celtic celebration of Samhain. Friendly looking Jack O’Lanterns dominate the artwork on this game.
Bats offer the highest payouts on this 3 reel, 3 payline machine. Three bats on the 1st payline is worth 1000 coins. Three bats on the second pay-line is worth 2000 coins. Three bats on the 3rd payline is worth 4000 coins, so it pays to make the maximum bet on this game. This is a classic 3-reel pokie, so don’t expect much in the way of video slots features.
Halloweenies is a much different treatment of Halloween. The artwork in this game is cartoonish, yet also ghoulish in its own way. The storyline appears to be horror story figures dressing up for a Halloween party. The Grim Reaper appears to wear a ball cap under his hood, while Frankenstein is wearing a nurse’s outfit. A classic witch is dresses as a black cat. The wild symbol includes creepy creatures, while pink bunnies act as the scatter symbol and multiplier. Pumpkins also act as a scatter. Free spins, wild symbols, and a bonus game with multipliers are offered in a 5 reel, 20 line gaming machine.
The Halloweenies in this poker machine are not the same characters as the Halloweenies in the Invader Zim TV show, though the artwork isn’t dissimilar.
The Happy New Year gaming machine celebrates the Chinese New Year with fireworks. The 3 reel, 5 payline games offers wild symbols, multipliers, and a 2,400 coin fixed payout. This game can be found at 7Sultans Casino.
Mardi Gras and Mardi Gras Fever Pokies are two gaming machines based around the Catholic and Anglican celebrations of the Mardi Gras Carnival. The festival is a celebrations before the penitential season of Lent and runs from or before Epiphany until Ash Wednesday. Because the height of celebration is often in the middle day of this period, Mardi Gras is sometimes called Shrove Tuesday.
The holiday, which is French for “Fat Tuesday”, is celebrated differently in many cities around the globe. Several cities are famous for their Mardi Gras festivals, including New Orleans in the United States, Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, Quebec City in Canada, Barranquilla in Colombia, Mazatlan in Mexico, and Port of Spain in Trinidad & Tobago.
The basic Mardi Gras Poker Machine is a 3 reel, 1 line game with a 4000 coin payout. Mardi Gras Fever uses images from the celebrations in New Orleans, Louisiana (USA), because it features Bourbon Street, jazz musicians, alligators, several beautiful women in lavish attire, plenty of liquor, and an alligator from the nearby swamps. The pokies also features 5 reels, 20 pay-lines, a bonus round, and a 200,000 jackpot.
Spring Break is a week-long break which schools in the northern hemisphere. Spring Break is sometimes known as Mid-Term Break in the United States and Canada, as it comes near the halfway point of spring semesters in North American universities and colleges.
Though the holiday is taken at all levels of school in North America, common images of the week are specific to college-age students, who often travel to beaches in Florida, South Texas, the Gulf Coast, or Mexico to celebrate. Drinking to excess is a major part of the fun.
While Spring Break Pokies have a “Beach Party” icon and bikini girls getting a suntan, most of the reel symbols seem to depict the event as a time for cookouts, salsa dishes, and hot dogs. The 5 reel, 9 line game offers scatters, wilds, free spins, a bonus mode, a gamble feature, and a 10,000 coin jackpot.
Along a similar tack, Steinfest is a gaming machine which pays homage to the German annual festival known as Oktoberfest. Oktoberfest is a 16-day fair and festival held in Munich in the Bavarian region of Germany every year. Germans call it “die Wiesn”, after the fairgrounds at which it is held.
Oktoberfest is the largest fair in the world, with up to 6,000,000 visitors each year. Common depictions of the event include polka bands and frauleins in traditional Bavarian dress, along with lots of excellent German food and beer consumption (an estimated 7 million litres of beer alone). Steinfest Pokies are 5 reels, 9 lines and have a top fixed jackpot of 2000 coins.