Boku Slots has a bit of a soft spot for all things Christmas and this next review gives an old classic a festive twist. Elk Studios decided to give their Hong Kong Tower game a Christmas feel, by redesigning the whole interface and adding falling snow to the reels, then renaming it Ho Ho Tower. Will it be a good step for the Elk Studios team, or will it be a festive flop?
Ho Ho Tower is a 5-reel, 99 pay line slot game with an RTP of 96.4%, not what we think Santa would have left for us but still an impressive RTP nonetheless.
Bet Amounts – Betting begins from just 10p per spin and can be increased to £50 per spin if desired. As this is a fixed pay line game you are paying per spin not per pay line. There are however what Elk Studios calls betting strategies available, for you to adjust each spin if you wish too.
Betting Strategies – You can utilise any of the following betting strategies to try and improve your chances of winning big on Ho Ho Tower:
- Optimiser – bet between 1% to 10% of your balance on each spin, this will automatically adapt as your balance changes without you needing to keep altering it.
- Leveller – choosing this will raise your bet by two steps after you have suffered five consecutive losses. It will reset back to the lowest amount after you have a win.
- Booster – with booster your bet amount will be raised by one step after each loss, until you have climbed four steps above your base bet amount. This will also automatically reset after you have a win.
- Jumper – this will raise your bet amount by one step after a win is made. It will continue to raise up after each win, until you have reached 4 levels above your base bet amount. This will reset after each loss is made.
Wild Symbol – The wild in Ho Ho Tower is actually called the mystery symbol. It is depicted by the games title in an icy blue shade. It will turn into other symbols including the bonus symbol, giving it a slight twist on the usual wild symbols found in other games. If it turns to reveal the bonus symbol, you will go instantly into the Wheels of Sky feature and have two extra lives as well.
Bonus Symbol – This is depicted by the Yin Yang symbol in red and gold. Land 3 or more of these on the reels and you will trigger the Wheels of Sky bonus game.
- 3 bonus symbols = triggers bonus game,
- 4 bonus symbols = triggers bonus game and gives 1 extra life,
- 5 bonus symbols = triggers bonus game and gives 2 extra lives.
Wheels of Sky Feature – When you trigger the game by landing the bonus yin yang symbols, you will be taken to three wheels atop of Ho Ho Tower. Beginning at wheel one you will need to stop the wheel to win the prizes allocated to the sections. When you hit an empty section, a life is used and if you have no extra lives then its game over. But, if you have extra lives it will begin to respin again until all lives are used. You will see a section with a wheel and an arrow, this will level you up to the next wheel where the prizes are bigger. In this version because it’s festive, there is an extra section with the level up option on the first wheel, giving you an extra chance of levelling up and winning a bigger prize.
Well we loved its predecessor Hong Kong Tower, but Ho Ho Tower has certainly given it a run for its money. With a beautiful wintery theme and falling snow on the screen, plus the Christmas bonsai tree was an awesome twist too. The soundtrack was a little too overbearing for our ears, so we switched it off and turned on some Christmas tunes instead. Although most people will be disinterested with it being a festive theme, we thoroughly enjoyed it and will no doubt play this slot all year round.