ALL ABOUT SANTA VS RUDOLF SLOT
As per usual, NetEnt has selected another one of its previous hit slots and dressed it up for the season. If you liked Secrets of the Stones, then you must have also loved Secrets of Christmas when it came out in 2016. There was no one to complain either when Egg-O-Matic became last year’s Jingle Spin. Normally, the online gaming community does not think fondly of the cloning phenomenon in slots, but if there is one developer out there doing it right, it’s NetEnt.
With 5 reels and 20 fixed paylines, as well as features such as free spins, re-spins, Wilds, substitutions and Walking Wilds, Santa vs Rudolf is a dead ringer for The Invisible Man slot. It’s also as Cristmassy as it gets!
Themes, Gameplay, Symbols and Pay Tables
As you load the game you can see Santa getting ready for the Xmas season, but Rudolf has had one of his naughty episodes and has stolen Santa’s hat. Can you imagine Father Christmas delivering presents without his iconic accessory? Neither can we! That’s why the two are squabbling across the reels and it’s up to you to bring back the balance to the North Pole, so that the big presents giveaway can begin on time.
Spitefully sticking his tongue out to annoy Santa even more, Rudolf doesn’t seem to have any plans to yield. He will be one of the Wilds in the game, while his adversary in this battle royal – Santa – will be the other Wild. They are joined by theme-related symbols such as wish lists, reindeers in snow globes, Rudolf’s collar, the sack filled with presents and Santa’s sleigh. Playing card symbols presented as candy, traditionally from 10 to Ace, are located at the low end of the paytable.
Matching 5 sleigh symbols on a payline will result in a top paytable win of as much as 25x, while the sack of presents brings 20x for the same combo. The stake range goes from 20p to £100, so you’re free to explore which configuration suits your bankroll best.
Santa vs Rudolf Features
Walking Wilds + Re-spins
For a slot that seems pretty laid back, Santa vs Rudolf is packed with dynamic features designed to get you excited for a Christmas shopping spree. Both protagonists feature as Wilds, Santa lands on reel 1, while Rudolf lands on reel 5. Any of them will trigger a round of 5 re-spins during which the Wilds will move one position at a time, Santa to the right and Rudolf to the left.
Land both Wilds on the same spin and you got yourself 10 free spins kicked off on a secondary screen. The two will start their battle over the red and white hat while Walking Wilds will still be in play. The appearance of additional Wilds will add more spins and prolong the round up to a maximum of 30 rotations.
Santa’s Gifts & Rudolf Spins
Pay attention to the two meters above the reels – Santa’s Gifts and Rudolf Spins. To fully charge the meter, you need to collect 8 corresponding Wilds. That’s what triggers the features at the end of the free spins round. Either you get to choose among gift-wrapped boxes containing cash prizes, multipliers or a Santa hat or you get to enjoy more freebies, courtesy of Rudolf. You have to work for it, though.
The Slot Buzz Verdict
Santa vs Rudolf is a go-to slot for those who are feeling festive, but also a bit naughty at the same time. It boasts engaging game mechanics and even though it does not have a progressive jackpot or anything particularly jaw-dropping, it offers decent seasonal entertainment to recreational punters. Being humorous and unapologetic, Santa vs Rudolf may not be the first choice for players who are more into traditional Xmas-themed machines – and there are already loads of those online.