Playtech fans may know that The Ghosts of Christmas is actually a clone of an older game, namely Santa Surprise, but given a much better aesthetic presentation with better quality graphics. The game concept remains the same, albeit with slight twists here and there, to make it appear 'different' from Santa Surprise. The game plays with the same 20 paylines, uses the same symbols values, the Bonus game now comes in 3 different screens, all with the same pick-and-win concept, but the Free Spins game has been changed from the old 10 free spins with a 3x multiplier, to 5 up to 15 free spins with a 3x multiplier. Personally, I would prefer the old fixed 10 free spins option, because getting only 5 free spins much too often can be very depressing indeed, to say the very least.
Scrooge is the Wild symbol, paying 10,000x the line bet for 5 of him, substitutes for other symbols except the Scatter and the Bonus symbols, but is a dumb Wild symbol nonetheless. The Green Ghost is the Scatter symbol, paying a nice 500x the total bet for 5 of them, and getting 3 or more of these symbols trigger Marley's Free Games. Pick one of the symbols to reveal the free spins number, from 5 up to 15 free spins, with all wins tripled. The Clock is the Bonus symbol, it doesn't pay anything for itself, but getting 3 or more consecutive symbols on any active payline triggers the Ghosts of Christmas Bonus game. As for the symbols, they pay from 500x to 50x the line bet for 5 of each kind, but still maintaining a good paytable.
There are 3 separate screens randomly selected for the Bonus game - in a classroom, in a living room, and at the graveyard, but all playing in the same way, by picking 3, 4 or 5 items to win cash prizes, depending on the number of Bonus symbols triggering the Bonus game. Prizes here are hardly ever big. The most that I could get was only 10x my total bet amount, the most common being 2x to 7x. Very low payouts indeed, not exciting at all, but the Bonus games do tend to come regularly, thereby providing some extended play time.
What I dislike most about this Ghosts of Christmas game is the difficulty in getting those blardy Free Spins game! Those 2 Green Ghosts would appear on and off, but the third one hardly ever come at all, adding more dissatisfaction in waiting for it to come. I've played this game over the years, but never really liking it that much, simply because I tend to get only 5 free spins most of the time, 10 free spins occasionally, but hardly getting that 15 free spins at all. That is most disappointing to me. The game Santa Surprise gives 10 free spins each and every time, I like that better, and with much better payouts too.