With Thanksgiving passing by and November coming to an end, it’s time to slowly start building the Christmas hype. Slot developers and casino operators around the globe prepare for the big holiday by launching content related to Christmas and making that amazing Christmas feeling even stronger.
Naturally, one of the best online slot providers, NetEnt, was among the first to surprise us by making a brand new online game called Santa vs Rudolf. The game is set deep in the North Pole and features some of the main characters from all the Christmas stories, including Santa Claus and the red-nosed reindeer.
The slot itself is made to offer a relaxing and festive holiday experience. It has a 5×3 grid structure and a total of 20 fixed paylines — pretty standard configuration for online slots. The goal is to help Santa find his magic hat. Rudolf has been feeling mischievous lately and hid the magic hat, and Santa desperately needs to find it.
Christmas is getting near, and without his magic hat, he will not be able to deliver Christmas presents.
Apart from a great Return to Player, which is set to 96.30 percent, the game also has a couple of interesting bonus features that are definitely going to make your Christmas more interesting. If you’re lucky enough, they can give you some valuable presents for the upcoming holiday as well. Let’s take a look at some of the features in the game.
The majority of the bonus features revolve around two symbols — The Santa wild and the Rudolf wild. Both of them have the power to substitute any other symbol on the reels and improve your chances of creating big wins. However, they also have some additional features that can further improve your slot-spinning experience and help you get lucrative rewards.
Basically, both of them are actually walking wilds, and if the two of them appear on the reels at the same time (Santa appears on reel 5 and Rudolf on reel 1), you will begin a re-spin feature. Every time a re-spin occurs, the two symbols will walk towards one another. Santa will walk from right to left and Rudolf from left to right. The respins will continue as long as there are wild symbols on the reels. Once they walk away from the reels, you will return to regular spins.
However, there’s one scenario that can help you trigger other bonus features, and that’s Santa and Rudolf clashing in the same reel. If that happens, you will trigger a total of 10 free spins. What makes this bonus features unique is that the Walking Wild symbols can appear on any reel — not only reels 5 & 1. That way, you will have even more chances to create combinations with other symbols and create big wins.
During the free spins game, you will get two meters, and each of them will be filled every time you get a Rudolf or Santa wild. Once you fill one of the meters, you will receive one of the two features. Santa’s feature is called Santa’s Gifts, and it is the pick-and-click type of game where you can get prizes that go up to 188x your bet.
On the other hand, if you fill the Rudolf meter, you will receive the Rudolf free spins, which award three additional free spins with five wild symbols placed randomly on the reels each time. The luckiest of players can get up to 1,350x of the total stake during the three free spins.