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The Ho Ho Tower game can be found at casinos offering Elk Studios software. Elk Studios are a small but quickly growing casino software developer primarily focusing on the mobile market. At the present time they only offer slots games. Players should be aware that this software provider includes ‘betting strategies’ as an automated feature. These should be avoided. They offer no mathematical gain to the player and increase the risk of large losses in comparison to your bankroll. As a standard Elk Studios do publish the RTP/House Edge information for their slots games within their game paytable. As such we can say that the House Edge of Ho Ho Tower is 3.6%.
Ho Ho Tower is made up of 5 reels, each one 3 symbols high. There are no paylines, instead the game works using way lines, of which there are 99 in total.
Bonus - The “Ying Yang” symbol is needed in order to trigger the game’s main bonus.
“7”- The most valuable symbol in the game is the “7” symbol. 3 “7” symbols in a winning combination will award you with 250 coins. 4 “7” symbols in a winning combination will award you with 500 coins and 5 “7” symbols in a winning combination will award you with 1000 gold coins.
Mystery Symbol – After the reels have stopped spinning there is a random chance that the “Ho Ho Tower” symbols can be replaced and turned into another symbol. If you reveal a “Ying Yang” symbol, it will count as five “Ying Yang” symbols.
Bonus – To trigger the game’s main bonus feature you need to reveal 3 or more “Ying Yang” symbols on a single spin. 3 “Ying Yang” symbols will only trigger the bonus whilst 4 will trigger the bonus and give you an extra life and 5 or more will trigger the bonus and give you 2 extra lives. When you do trigger the bonus you will be rushed to the top of a skyscraper and met up there by a huge spinning wheel. There are cash prizes to be won on the wheel and chance to move up to the next level if you land on the wheel’s special symbol. There are 3 levels in total. If you it an empty space on the wheel and have no lives banked the bonus will be over.
“Ho Ho Tower” is a bizarre mixture of East meets West, combining Christmas and symbols you might associate with Buddhist Japan. Despite the game’s schizophrenia, it looks about as good as a slots game can. The symbols are rich in detail and the background is a stunning cityscape, with skyscrapers twinkling in-between flakes of snow. The game might look good but it does lack features. The bonus feature is excellent fun and also looks incredible. It would have been even better if there was more variety to the gameplay. This, however, is not what lets “Ho Ho Tower” down the most: The “Advanced Betting Strategies” that are built into this game are sold as an advantageous game feature, when these strategies offer the player no improvement over flat betting. The reality is that if you increase your bet, you’re more likely to lose money than you are to make any. This is poor practice, and it drags everything positive about the game down. We would be highly critical of any website offering bogus betting strategies so a game developer doing this is even more problematic for us. If this was not a feature in the game and all I had to criticise was a confusing theme and desire for a little more variety in the gameplay I would be scoring this much higher than I am.