Jingle Bells (Tom Horn Gaming) slot review

By Tom Horn Gaming

Jingle Bells (Tom Horn Gaming) Slot

Jingle Bells (Tom Horn Gaming) Basic info

Game provider Tom Horn Gaming

Release Date 1/2014

RTP 96.00%

Game Technology HTML5

Popularity Low

Min bet $0.10

Max bet $100

Max Win bet x 270

Gamble Feature Freespins, Paylines from both sides, Scatter symbols, Wilds, Volatility

Layout 3x3

Devices Desktop, Mobile

Configurable Winlines No

Volatility Low

Progressive Jackpot No

Tis’ the season when the bells can be heard jingling all around and that’s what I like to hear when I play slot games with a wintry, holiday theme. That is not quite the case with the game at hand because instead of the candy cane and eggnog, the symbols are more fitting for a light summer cocktail.

Despite the intentional mix-up, Tom Horn Gaming has furnished the Jingle Bells slot with a payout potential of 500x your bet in the best possible outcome and 270x your bet if I am being completely realistic regarding the odds of landing the ultimate string of outcomes.

OK, in all objectivity this isn’t a game that you’d get really excited to play and return back to again. I played it twice in total and I think there are other three-reel slots that can be a lot more entertaining and potentially lucrative, but Jingle Bells has a couple of appealing adornments about it that I will get to in a bit.

Theme and Design

I really don’t know what Tom Horn Gaming was thinking when choosing a name for the game. 99 out of 100 times the words Jingle Bells refers to the winter season and the holidays associated with it, but here the bells can be seen on the jester’s hat and they do indeed jingle. Sadly, that’s the only thing that the game can do in terms of visual effects.

Players shouldn’t expect much in terms of graphic design. The reel set is plain and simple – there are several kinds of fruits and there is the jester’s symbol. Also, there are four bells that adorn the reels and as I expected, they only shake and jingle when there is a winning outcome.

I find Jingle Bells to be a game that people play either when all other options for the time have been tried and exhausted or out of sheer curiosity to see if the math model can shake out something exciting. So design-wise, there isn’t really much to see or hear.


  • I checked out the paytable only after I made some 20 spins and I was surprised to find out that there is a bonus game. If you haven’t already guessed, the bonus symbol is the bells. I thought this was the top-paying symbol of the game, but no, those honours have been given to the jester, which is the substitute symbol.
  • The game needs to award you with three bells anywhere on the reel set in order to trigger a bonus feature that puts you in front of a dilemma. I only won the feature once so I can’t really speak about its true payout potential, but it may be the hefty sum of 500x your bet that you can win as an instant prize.
  • Nevertheless, this is what happens. You are presented with two sets of bells. One can grant you an instant prize and the other can grant you a free spins bonus. Either of the two choices results in a random value. As I said, I don’t know what is the instant prize’s minimum or the maximum number of free spins.
  • The jester is quite secretive about it, so you just take your pick and hope for the best. I went for the instant prize and I got something along the lines of ‘meh’, but it wasn’t utter pittance. Sadly, I didn’t get to a second bonus because I would have chosen free spins to see if the odds are more benign compared to the base game.

Bets and Payouts

I mentioned a couple of adornments regarding the utterly unremarkable Jingle Bells slot. One is the bonus feature. I like it that it presents you with two choices and that you have no idea about how little or how much you can get from it. The other thing that I liked about the game is the low variance.

But take that with a grain of salt because this doesn’t mean the hit frequency is leaning towards 40%. It may be around 35% which is decent enough, especially considering the potential payouts.

There isn’t a single symbol that pays less than 3x your bet, which is good. The other positive detail is the number of ways to win. You see three reels and you expect five paylines, at most, but the game has 27, which means you can land three matching symbols on any row position and still get a win from the turn.

Payouts range between 3x and 10x for the regular symbols whole the jester can pay 50x your bet.


Here is how I felt about the game. It’s the type of slot that I’d just choose randomly by swiping the screen and letting it roll up or down and then I do an eenie meenie miney mo and land a finger on a game to see if it can throw in a big surprise within 20 or 30 spins.

Between the low variance, the 27 ways to win, the bonus feature and the overall low maximum payout, it isn’t hard to leave the bells unjingled.

Leticia Miranda

Leticia Miranda

Slot Games Analyst

Leticia Miranda is a former gambling reporter who knows everything about slot games and is happy to share her knowledge. She has covered a broad swath of topics and trends on gambling and is always full of new ideas and energy. Leticia also has a master’s degree in journalism from New York University and is passionate about writing.