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The NetEnt Secrets of Christmas slot will be released on November 30th. We've got a video preview and tid bits of information to tell you all about what's hiding in these reels.
Some of you reading this in October 2016 will no doubt get slightly angry at the fact we are talking Christmas already.
And fair enough, but thanks for reading anyway.
However, we should remind you that the next NetEnt slot due out is the Red Riding Hood game, coming on the 24th of October.
It’s not our fault that NetEnt like to release details of their new casino games so far ahead that it feels like they are jumping the gun for christmas.
However, seeing as the Secrets of Christmas slot won’t be out till November 30th, and so perfectly in time for the December festive season, we can’t exactly fault them, can we?
So, put your grinch aside, and let’s throw ourselves into a winter wonderland and find out what dirty little secrets are hiding in these 5 reels.
This slot video lasts about 5 minutes, so if you don’t have that kind of time to watch it, don’t worry we will go into it in detail.
First impressions; yes this is a super traditional Christmas slot game. How traditional?
As traditional as Santa in a Christmas jumper singing jingle bells.
The 5 reels are set as a frosty window pane, with garlands and snow decorating the background.
Meanwhile, you can peek inside of the house full of Christmas eve goodies, from bells, gingerbread houses, candles, milk and cookies, and stockings brimming full of candy canes.
We haven’t seen something quite so Christmasy since the Deck the Halls slot by Microgaming.
One of our favourites by far, but what can we say, we’re suckers for a Christmas holiday game.
That’s right. Crazy as it might seem, this is the first official Christmas slot game by NetEnt.
Why they pick their brightest and most summery slots and added snow is beyond us, but that’s as close as NetEnt have come to celebrating the holidays. We’re not calling them grinches, but it was starting to feel like the folks over there lack a little Christmas spirit.
After all, if even the likes of Play’n GO could bring out the wonderful Christmasy slot Merry Xmas, why couldn’t one of the biggest casino game studios out there?
We guess they got the hint, hence why this Secrets of Christmas slot machine has finally appeared in 2016, a decade after NetEnt was founded.
About damn time.
So have they done the happiest season of all time justice? Or has their grinch like nature taken over?
Apparently, a traditional Christmas online slot theme means a fairly traditional game.
Looking at the features, at first nothing much seems to stand out. Santa is wild, and you have a scatter symbol that triggers 10 free spins.
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The 5×3 reels are themselves fairly standard, giving you 25 paylines of potential wins, not something slightly more unusual like the Motorhead game 75 paylines.
Some may wonder if NetEntertainment has made any efforts at all, just bringing traditional symbols on traditional reels with traditional game play.
But then, isn’t this festive holiday all about traditions?
And this NetEnt Touch mobile slot is all about the free spins, obviously.
You start with 10 free spins, but depending on how many scatters you use to trigger the bonus games, gives you a certain number of ‘picks’.
You then use those picks to get either extra free spins, turn high paying symbols into wilds, get sticky wild reels, or bigger multipliers.
Sure, if you’re not that lucky you might end up with only 12 free spins and 3x multiplier, but that’s still not bad. It’s quite similar to what Yggdrasil have done with the Golden Fish Tank slot game.
The trick will no doubt be catching wild reels and extra wilds. Now that’s where the big wins will be hiding, that we know for sure.
This is not an original game.
In fact, it’s a copy. Not that they’ve advertised it as such, and not many will notice it. It took us a while, and a little buzzing in our ear that we were missing something, till we realised it.
This is basically a Christmas version of the Secret of the Stones online slot.
Hell, NetEnt haven’t even been that secret about it – they even used the same title.
We did think that ‘Christmas Secrets’ would have sounded way better, but now we know why, it makes sense to call it the Secrets of Christmas online slot.
Secret of the Stones is a brilliant game, and one you’ll only find at online NetEnt casinos.
So we are not that sad that Secrets of Christmas is a copy, for mobile players it might as well be original as we don’t have anything like it to play on our Android or iOS devices.
Even for those of us who swap and change between online and mobile play will appreciate a pretty Christmas slot that has some very popular mechanics.
And anyway, it’s not like this is the first time a slots developer has simply re-skinned an old game to make it new. Net Ent do it less than most, in fact.
We’re going to look forward to this video slot on mobile, because much like Christmas, we know exactly what we are going to get; a jolly good time.
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