Ladies and gentlemen dig this, it’s the Gift Rap slot. You can imagine the pitch for Toy Story – “What if our toys come alive when we’re not there?” Well, how about Kanye West’s pitch for the same movie? “What if our toys came alive when we’re not there and spit some serious lyrics, fool?”
We’re not sure if the square-jawed rapster pitched that same idea to Microgaming for the Gift Rap Slot game, or if the legendary Isle of Man studio came up with it all by themselves, but however they got to this five reel, 25 payline slot it works a treat.
Microgaming have done their utmost to give this slot a classic Christmassy feel. All the symbols across the five reels are classic toys such as Drumming Bear, Musical Jolly Chimp, Spinning Top, Squeaky Hammer. Even Santa’s Elves have joined in, bedecked in gold jewellery and beanie hats, spitting lyrics on mics and looking generally badass (there’s no mention of ho-ho-hos, though). The game’s Wild symbol is the Wild Bauble, which substitutes for all other symbols except Scatters.
This is a no-nonsense slot title, without the frills, bells and whistles you might expect from more modern slot titles. That said, the Christmas theme hits full throttle when we spin the reels to the tune of Christmas bells jingling, but land a winner across the game’s 25 paylines and the soundtrack quickly switches to a grimy hip-hop break in what is nice work form Microgaming to bring the game’s themes together.
In decadent hip-hop style this game has two Scatters to look out for. The first, the Rappin’ Jack Frost jack-in-the-box, triggers the game’s Gift Grab Bonus when we land three, four or five of them anywhere across the reels. Rappin’ Jack then takes us to his bonus screen, which is covered with presents.
We must pick any present we fancy, and keep on picking them until Rappin’ Jack tells us to stop – that is, until we find Jack in one of the presents. Each present has a prize value, from 500 coins up to a thousand, and with rows and rows of them at our fingertips we have the potential to take away a tasty early Christmas Present of up to 32,250 coins.
The game’s second Scatter is the Scatter Spray fake snow. While the scatter spray doesn’t trigger it’s own separate bonus game, the Scatter Spray wins are multiplied by our total bet, up to 80x if we land five of the bad boys across the reels.
Whether or not you would normally sanction what goes on in Kanye West’s mind, this is one area where the would-be American President has come up trumps. Maybe he should stick to devising playable rap-themed online slots rather than trying to take over the world. (Disclaimer Alert: Kanye West was in no way involved or hurt in the making of this online slot title.)