Gingerbread Joy is a 5 reel, 25 pay line slot machine from 1x2 Gaming that's found in online casinos.
True to its name, Gingerbread Joy focuses on different desserts made with ginger and other spices. Not surprisingly, a gingerbread man is a special symbol in this game.
First documented in the 16th century, gingerbread men are most commonly associated with fairy tales and Christmas. Gingerbread Joy goes with the latter interpretation, adding a holiday element to this game.
You may wonder if a slot dealing with Christmas and gingerbread can really be that entertaining.
And we'll do our best to answer this thought by looking at Gingerbread Joy's atmosphere, music, animations, pay table, bonuses, betting options, and rules. We'll also compare this to a couple of similar online slot machines.
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Gingerbread Joy Slot Machine Overview
This slot creates a festive atmosphere through the use of a wood table surrounded by evergreen branches, holly, and gingerbread. We especially like how the betting options and title banner are encased in gingerbread and royal icing.
The background graphics use a realistic table, branches, and holly. It all combines to create a feeling that you're about to bake some cookies for the holidays.
You'll also see little phrases appear beneath the reels like Piece of Cake, Your Gingerness Knows No Bounds, and The Face Is Not for Eating.
The music is a nondescript holiday tune that features jingling bells, violins, and cymbals. If you've watched any modern holiday movie, you'll be familiar with this type of music.
The only sound effect during winning payouts is a ringing sound, followed by a twinkling noise.
A lone sound effect for wins is a common trait among 1x2 Gaming slot machines. Even still, it would be better to have a variety of sound effects like most games have.
Animations during winning payouts include green and red stars appearing behind symbols. You'll see the stars and winning symbols move towards and away from the screen over and over.
This is a nice effect that embellishes wins. But like the sound effects, Gingerbread Joy is lacking in variety with its animations.
Gingerbread Joy Pay Table and Graphics
The pay table is hard to spot, but you'll find a little orange button in the lower right hand corner. Upon clicking the pay table option, you'll see the following symbols and payouts:
The heart shaped cookie substitutes for everything except the star shaped cookie scatter and gingerbread man (during free spins) to form winning payouts.
The star shaped cookie triggers free spins when it appears 3 or more times anywhere on the reels. This symbol also awards scatter payouts worth 400 coins for 5 symbols, 80 for 4, and 22 for 3.
Dressed with a little green bowtie, the gingerbread man is a special scatter symbol that only appears in free spins.
Featuring a full layer of white icing, this Christmas tree cookie pays 750 coins for 5 symbols, 200 for 4 symbols, 45 for 3, and 6 for 2.
A staple of Christmas, the holly delivers 500 coins for 5 symbols, 150 for 4, 40 for 3, and 4 for 2.
Featuring a cookie bow at the top, this symbol pays 300 coins for 5 symbols, 75 for 4 symbols, 32 for 3, and 5 for 2.
The difference between this cookie and the wild symbol is that it has no center. The empty heart shaped cookie offers 100 coins for 5 symbols, 40 for 4 symbols, 22 for 3, and 4 for 2.
Featuring a red ribbon tied around it, the candy cane pays 80 coins for 5 symbols, 40 for 4, and 20 for 3.
Featuring intricate icing designs, this star shaped cookie pays 80 coins for 5 symbols, 32 for 4, and 15 for 3.
The wreath pays 70 coins for 5 symbols, 26 for 4, and 13 for 3.
While this icing less cookie may be boring, it delivers 60 coins for 5 symbols, 24 for 4, and 11 for 3.
Another icing free cookie, this Christmas tree pays 45 coins for 5 symbols, 18 for 4, and 10 for 3.
This symbol pays 20 coins for 5 symbols, 12 for 4, and 9 for 3.
Much like with the background, the symbols are all presented in realistic fashion. This helps create an authentic holiday feel while still keeping the fun involved.
Our only complaint is that some of the cookies run together because there are multiple heart shaped, star shaped, and Christmas tree cookies. This makes it confusing at to what payout you get each time until you look at the lower box.
But on the bright side, at least Gingerbread Joy doesn't just use generic letters and numbers to fill out lower prizes.
Gingerbread Joy Slot Bonus Features
One big downside to this slot is that the only bonus is free spins. But as you'll see below, one good thing to these free games is that they offer a special symbol.
Free games are triggered by getting 3 or more star shaped cookie scatters anywhere on the reels.
The number of free spins that you'll receive are as follows: 15 free spins for 5 symbols, 10 spins for 4, and 5 spins for 3. All wins are doubled during the bonus round.
As mentioned in the pay table section, you'll also receive a scatter payout worth between 22 coins for 3 symbols and 400 coins for 5 symbols.
When free spins are triggered, the screen turns into a dark pink color while sparkles spin around in a circle. You'll also see a bundle of gold coins shoot towards the screen.
One special thing about the free games is that this is the only time the gingerbread man scatter symbol is active. You'll earn 200 coins for 5 gingerbread men, 100 for 4, and 30 for 3.
The free spins can be really profitable, and we earned between 300 and 600 coins every time we triggered the free games.
You can change pay lines from 1 25, coin size from $0.01 to $0.50, and coins per line from 1 5. This makes the minimum bet worth $0.01 and the max wager worth $62.50.
Note that you can change pay lines with both the buttons on each side of the reels, and arrows beneath the reels.
If at any time you want to restore all betting settings to their baseline, just click Reset All Bets. You can also max out the pay lines and coins per line by clicking the Max Bet button.
You can autos pin the reels for between 5 and 100 spins by clicking the auto bet button.
Other options include the ability to change the sound with the speaker button and graphics settings with the gear button in the lower left hand corner. Graphics settings can be changed to high, medium, or low, with the lower setting being helpful for slow smartphones and PCs.
One more option is the ability to see all of your active pay lines by clicking Show Winlines in the lower right hand corner. Don't bother with this, though, because it just looks like a jumbled mess.
We played for around 300 spins and found the win frequency to be above average.
Due to the solid win frequency, lower rollers can play for a while when setting their betting options at 25 lines and a $0.01 coin size.
We were really impressed with the frequency of the free spins since we triggered free games twice within the first 20 spins.
Overall, we triggered the bonus four times during our session, which is more often than most slot machines.
RTP for Gingerbread Joy is 96.26%, which makes sense given the above average win frequency.
Don't expect to hit big payouts in this game since the Christmas tree with icing is the highest paying symbol at 750 coins for 5 symbols.
But if you're somebody who likes to win early and often, then you'll be pleased with Gingerbread Joy's RTP and win frequency.
You can access the game rules by clicking the question mark button in the lower left hand corner. Upon clicking this, you'll see several rules, with the main ones listed below:
- Wins are multiplied by your coin size and coins per line, i.e. 10 coins x $0.05 coin x 3 coins per line = $1.50.
- All non-scatter wins must go from left to right, beginning with the leftmost reel.
- If two or more wins occur on the same pay line, only the largest payout is made.
- The star shaped cookie scatter and gingerbread scatter bonus can pay from anywhere without appearing in a pay line.
- The heart shaped wild symbol can't substitute for the star shaped cookie to trigger free spins.
- Also, the wild symbol can't help form scatter payouts.
Comparison to Other Holiday Themed Slot Machines
The holiday themed arena is a competitive one, with hundreds of holiday slot machines available.
But we've narrowed it down to Play'n GO's Holiday Season and NetEnt's Secrets of Christmas for comparisons to Gingerbread Joy because they have a similar feel.
This 5 reel, 10 pay line slot machine features element from several holidays, including Christmas, Thanksgiving, and New Year's Eve.
Holiday Season has a festive, realistic atmosphere just like Gingerbread Joy - only better.
This isn't say that we don't like Gingerbread Joy's atmosphere. It's just that Holiday Season is hard to top for any game since its background is filled with confetti, fireworks, giant Christmas tree, and quaint townhouses.
Symbols include champagne, a clock striking midnight, presents, somebody making a toast, turkey, and holiday pudding.
The big downside to Holiday Season is that it only offers free spins for a bonus. But given that it has such a good atmosphere and covers multiple holidays in one game, this slot is a classic.
This 5 reel, 25 pay line slot machine takes you to a cozy home on a snowy day.
The main game takes place just outside the window, with the 5x3 grid being divided by the window panes. The background graphics and music will remind you of Gingerbread Joy's classic holiday feel.
The symbol graphics are richer and cartoonish when compared to Gingerbread Joy. Secrets of Christmas' symbols include: Santa, presents, bells, candles, gingerbread houses, milk & cookies, stockings, and five letters/numbers.
Given that Secrets of Christmas uses letters and numbers for lower paying symbols, we give Gingerbread Joy the edge here.
But this game does have an in depth bonus round, where you enter the home to select presents that determine what multipliers and other perks you'll get during free spins.
Overall, we think that Secrets of Christmas and Gingerbread Joy are on the same level in terms of quality - they revolve around different subject matter, Santa & presents vs. gingerbread & desserts.
With so many different Christmas slot machines available, it's not easy to separate from the pack. But Gingerbread Joy does a good job of this by focusing on one aspect of the holidays in desserts.
The atmosphere is good, with a wooden table, evergreen branches, and holly setting the mood. We also like the festive tune that plays throughout the main game.
A couple more things to like about this slot include the 96.26% RTP and above average win frequency. These elements combine to make sure that you win often when using all 25 pay lines.
What we don't like about this slot includes limited sound effects and animations, too many similar symbols, and the lone bonus. These aren't deal breakers, but they're worth keeping in mind if you value variety.
Despite the downsides, Gingerbread Joy features quality graphics and a unique atmosphere that make it worth playing.