|Name:||Secrets Of Christmas|
|Game Type:||Video slot|
|Whats hot:||Whats not so hot:|
|Awesome graphics and game mechanics||Base game wins disappointing|
|Interesting free spins mode with pick me features|
|Medium variance slots|
|Huge jackpot of 350,000 coins|
Where to play?
Secrets of Christmas is one of the better NetEnt slots I’ve played this year but it sure does have a few tricks up its sleeve. It comes with a very interesting free spins feature where you get to ‘build’ your own free spins game with 5 picks. Initially it awards you 10 free spins but extra free spins can be won with 4x multipliers, extra wilds and two wild reels.
The graphics and animations that feature throughout the video slot is will make your eyes pop. The soundtrack is soothing and certainly gets you in the mood for Christmas. The setting of the slots plays off within a wooden lodge replete with all kinds of Christmas goodies.
With 25 paylines, 5 reels, 3 rows it can be played from as little as 25 pence per spin and pays out a top non-progressive jackpot of 350,000 coins. The return to player percentage or RTP of the slots is 96.7%. Paying symbols on the reels in this Christmas-themed slots is Santa Claus (wild), scatter (basket with toys), cards from 10 to Ace, extra wilds (bells with red ribbon), candy house, gingerbread, glass of milk, candle with mistletoe and sock with sweets. The symbol that offers the highest cash prize is the ‘Bell’, 5 of them at the maximum wager pays you a cool 1,250 coins.
You can start playing by selecting the ‘Level’ (1 to 10) and then the ‘Coin Value’ which ranges from 0.01 to 0.50. If you select level 1 and a coin value of 0.01 your average stake per spin will be 25 pence. The maximum wager per spin is £125. With a bankroll of £300 I started off with level 1 and a coin value of 0.05 which gave me an average stake of £1.25 per spin.
The ‘Autoplay’ feature spins the reels automatically for you, I chose 50 spins a pop. The soundtrack of the game is great especially when the free spins mode is triggered-you’ll start bobbing and weaving to the tune of ”Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way and so on…the lyrics of the audio eludes me but you know what I mean. There’s also a medley of other Christmas tunes so make sure the audio is tuned on.
There’s only one bonus mode namely the free spins feature. What makes it unique is that it gives you ‘5 Picks’ allowing you to tinker the free spins feature as you deem fit. Kudos to NetEnt for turning an otherwise run-of-the-mill Christmas slots into a spectacular one.
The main wild is Santa Claus and the other one is the bell. What makes the Santa Claus wild special is that a combination of them offers cash wins during the main game. But, it truly shines during the free spins feature if it acts as an expanding wild, that’s if you’ve picked the right combination. The wilds substitute all the other symbols to complete a winning combination except the scatter (basket full of toys).
Scatters And Free Spins
The scatter symbol is the basket of toys, 3 or more of them on an active payline triggers the free spins feature, and boy is it an interesting one! Initially the free spins starts off with 10 free spins, a new screen opens up which gives you 5 picks. To be honest this game makes me feel like a kid during Christmas time again and here’s why. There’s a couple of highlighted gifts-you must pick one per screen, the gifts you’ve picked determines the amount of multipliers and wild reels you’ll receive. That said, the more scatters that appear on the reels the more picks you get to choose from, therefore 5 scatters equals 5 picks.
It works like this. For 3 scatters you’ll get 3 picks, 4 gives you 4 picks and 5 gives you 5 picks. Depending on the amount of scatters you hit you can get 2 wild reels, 2 extra wilds, extra free spins and 4x multiplier wins. Let’s assume you manage 1x and 2x multipliers, the total multiplier you can benefit from is 4x!
My Take On The Game
Secrets of Christmas is a great 3D slots but smart play is required. I triggered the free spins feature 3 times; the first time I triggered it took me 50 spins (I kid you not) with 4 scatters which gave me 4 picks. The picks I chose were the yellow truck, the 2 teddy bears and the snowman. This combination not only gave me an extra 2 free spins (12 free spins) but a combination of wilds and multiplier wins of 3x.
Once the free spins mode started, 2x Santa Clause wilds became sticky. In other words for the duration of the free spins they remained locked to the reels. I noted that this combo offered excellent wins-any wild or more that appears on a single free spin pays out really BIG! At the conclusion of the free spins mode I won a hefty 6,220 coins (£331) or a win of 264x my stake!
I managed to trigger the free spins trying different combinations, I can assure you it’s hard work especially trying to trigger it for the second or third time. Think I triggered the free spins the second time after a whopping 175 spins (175x£1.25) which nearly depleted by bankroll.
Net Entertainment’s Secrets of Christmas is a highly entertaining slots, I really had fun playing it. It’s a medium variance game that could be played any time and not only during the feast of season. Base game wins are deplorable, the biggest win I had during the main game was £30 when I hit 3 bells-a bit blunt on my part I know but it’s the truth. The biggest wins are reserved for the free spins where you can win up to 1,600x your stake. Will I play it again? Of course, but I’ll stick to my combination of picks when setting up the free spins since they offer hands down the best wins.