A muscle bound version jolly old St Nick and comic-style visuals is what you’ll get with online casino software provider Swintt‘s latest title Santa vs Aliens, where a “fresh spin on the standard Christmas fare” sees players shoot for top prizes of up to 292 times their starting stake.

The quirky, new sci-fi themed holiday game from the same provider that brought us the hits, Book of East and Rock N Ways XtraWays, delivers in a big way here, as the 5-reel, 3-row video slot pits a Thor-esque looking Santa Claus against a horde of alien invaders who are determined to spoil this year’s festivities, in attempt to save Christmas.

“the game provides a fresh spin on the standard Christmas fare”

Set phasers on stun:

Here, there are 20 paylines and a 96.03 percent RTP, while features include sticky wilds, expanding wilds, scatters and extra spins. There is no shortage of game symbols, which include a star, a German Shepherd with a glowing Rudolph nose, an alien UFO and robot, an alien egg ready to hatch, a shotgun & candy cane-handled hatchet, a ray gun, a present with a time bomb, an alien planet, a handbell with link chain attached, and a bomb-shaped Christmas tree decoration.

Santa himself is the highest paying symbol and he also serves as the game’s wild, substituting for any regular symbol to help form winning paylines. Throughout the base game, the buffed bearded one stays sticky on the middle reel, helping players to improve the payout frequency. From the centrally located spot, the special Santa symbol throws out clone wilds at the end of random spins to help generate even bigger wins.

Alien scatter & bonus wheel:

Players should also be on the lookout for the purple alien scatter symbol, which they’ll need to access the main bonus feature of the game, which is triggered by landing at least three scatters anywhere on the reels during the same spin. When this happens, players are transported to a different screen where the exciting bonus wheel takes center stage.

Players need only press a button to set the wheel in motion, with it either stopping on a number of extra spins – up to 20-,  a prize multiplier worth up to 100 times their stake, as well as a range of smaller prizes. Making the season ever brighter, Extra Spins come with an expanding wild modifier!

If a player collects an extra spins prize, they’ll notice that when Santa throws out additional clone wilds on the reels, they expand to fill the entire column where it lands. Considering the frequency of the bonus and the number of standard paylines, players stand to bag some pretty significant feature wins, especially if more than two columns of wilds appear at the same time.

Fresh take:

Commenting on the unique new game, David Mann, Chief Commercial Officer for Swintt, said this in a company news release

“Swintt has always led the way when it comes to producing original titles – and this Christmas we’ve gone all out with our quirky Santa vs Aliens slot.

“The game provides a fresh spin on the standard Christmas fare, with a range of colourful characters and rewarding features making it an unforgettable extra-terrestrial adventure for players to enjoy.”

New slots:

The latest launch is sandwiched between two other new releases, the fun, food-themed Kochbuch, and the Spanish cowboy-inspired title El Andaluz, which transports players to the warmer climate of southern Spain and offers a maximum jackpot of 1,200 times the stake.