by Mircea Panait
Given the fact that it’s the time of the winter holidays, I’ve made a list of all games specific to the holidays. It’s long list, which contains a lot of interesting slot machine games that you can play.
Here are just a few of the most popular slot machine-type games which have this theme: Secrets of Christmas, Rudolph’s Revenge, Santa Strikes Back, Ho Ho Ho, Jingle Bells, Scrooge, Deck the Halls, Ghosts of Christmas, Santa Surprise, Secret Santa, Merry Christmas, Winter Wonders, Holiday Season, Yule Be Rich, Santastic. I have tested the games made by Netent, RTG, Playtech, Microgaming, BetSoft, Rival and Play’ n’ Go.
Of all of the above, Secrets of Christmas has especially caught my eye and it was the game that I liked the best.
The game has 5 reels and 25 payment lines. It contains Wild and Freespins symbols, with Bonus Freespins functions. The Wild symbols can appear randomly anywhere on the reels (including the Free Spins) and can replace all symbols with the exception of the Scatter symbols.
3 or more Scatter symbols activate 10 Freespins. Before they can start, you may choose from 20 Christmas gifts as to activate the special free spins functions. These are the most important functions, the key of the game, I might say. There are 4 special functions: freespins 2, 3, 4, 5 or 10 to which the initial 10 granted are added; additional X2 or X1 multipliers added to the initial X1; Wild Reels which cover 2 reels, or 4 until finishing the Freespins; Additional Wild symbols, that is Candle or Bell symbols which become Wild during free rounds.
The soundtrack gives the feel of a snowy winter day, during which you listen to Christmas carols and play. The music is calm and peaceful, and the sounds make you think about eating cookies.
But lets see how we did in practice. I entered the game with 5000 credit. The stake set at 1.25.
I caught Freespins very quickly, actually unexpectedly quickly:
And i found myself having chosen out of the toys that were displayed before my eyes. At that moment, the soundtrack started to have more rhythm, almost hearing a train that used to make you happy during your childhood:
I chose an elephant, a toy train engine and a stocking full of gifts. I received 22 Freespins, in total, with a 3 multiplier. I foresee a good win, I tell myself, while i push the button to receive the free spins.
And i was right, from the very first free pull, I won big. On the background of some famous Christmas songs, the soundtrack changes again, becoming even more dynamic. Basically, a mix of the most well known carols and songs dedicated to this period.
While I left the game on auto, a few words about the figurines and symbols used by those who have invented the game. The gingerbread house, the bell, 10, J, Q, K, A, the letters written in fir branches, the candle accompanied by ornaments, the winter stocking with hidden gifts inside, all are very well made from a graphic point of view.
The Wild symbol is very impressive, Santa Claus moving his glasses up on his nose, but the way the lights flare up when you win, as well.
Coming back to the game, after the Freespins, I ended up with the same amount I started with.
I doubled the stake, expecting a more generous win.
After about 6 minutes of not getting much, came a pretty good win, representing 5 pieces:
Amongst the bells and thinking of some cinnamon cookies, i raised the bet at 12.50. Many spins, no winnings.
And suddenly, a big win brought balance back to the budget. 6000 credits, the biggest win up to now at the 12.50 stake.
A new win, however, this time I find myself on the verge of the budget i started out with. Searching for some free spins, I chose to leave the game on auto.
I didn’t even realize when the game hour had passed, the game is truly captivating. I decided to give it another 10 minutes, wishing to once more receive the free spins. I hope I’ll be lucky. However, my credit in decreasing.
Finally, 4 scatters! After having chosen from the gifts, i received 28 Freespins with a X3 multiplier.
After more than an hour and 20 minutes of playing, 5932.23 credits, an actual win of 932.50, which was not at all easy to gain.
The game’s atmosphere, the interface, the soundtrack and the wish to feel like a child again, make you forget how time flies when you’re playing this game. To those of you who are eager to play it, I recommend a slightly higher stake than the minimum one, as to allow you Freespins as many times as possible.
It’s a great game for long winter nights.