The visuals in Wish Upon a Star are as bright and jolly as you’d expect for a Christmas-themed slot. Set against a snowy backdrop, the reels are made up of A to 10 royals as well as bells, a candy cane, candles and a Christmas tree. The top standard symbol is the smiling woman. Land 3, 4 or 5 of here on adjoining reels for a payout of 1, 3 or 8 times your stake. The gift is the wild symbol - this can hit on reels 2 and 4 only and spins in stacked formation.
Stacked wilds = bonus prizes
Novomatic slots are often simple affairs when it comes to gameplay but there’s plenty going on in Wish Upon a Star. Land a full stack of wilds on reels 2 and/or 4 and you’ll trigger the Stacked Wild with Bonus Prizes feature. You’ll get 1 or 3 picks depending on whether you had 1 or 2 stacked wilds on the triggering spin. Choose from the gift boxes to reveal instant win prizes or a trigger of the Free Games feature or hold and spin jackpot round.
You can also trigger the Free Games feature round by landing the scatter symbol on reels 1, 3 and 5 on the same spin. In both cases you’ll receive 10 free spins. Re-triggers are possible here too meaning up to 20 free spins.
Wish Upon a Star Jackpots feature
This streak re-spin round, the Wish Upon a Star Jackpots feature is triggered by landing 6 or more of the shooting star symbol on the same spin. Those symbols are held and the reels spin again 3 times. Each new star symbol resets the respins to 3.
Each star comes with a prize amount of up to 15 times your stake or a jackpot attached. When your respins are complete, the prizes are added together for an overall payout. Fill all the symbol positions with stars and you’ll land the Grand Jackpot prize.
Win up to 200 x stake
Like most Christmas-themed slots, the gameplay in Wish Upon a Star is relatively simple. There’s decent variety on offer from the stacked wilds, pick me round, free spins and respins jackpot. The design is decent enough to give a festive feel without being too saccharine. The most you can win is 200 x stake from each spin or free spin – the key to winning anything bigger comes from the streak respins feature. Saying that, it does have a high 97.12% RTP.
Put that together and Wish Upon a Star is playable enough slot if you want some seasonal slots action. There are better Christmas themed slots available though with Push Gaming’s Fat Santa and Microgaming’s Festive Indulgence my favourites.