Christmas 2019 closing in with Santa v Rudolf™ slot announcement
It’s not even half October, I know, but it’s time for a bit of Christmas today thanks to NetEnt’s newest slot announcement. This time, it’s not The Grinch who’s trying to ruin Christmas, it’s Santa’s own beloved reindeer Rudolf! His nose is still red, but Santa’s face even redder when he clashed with Rudolf, the moment a true fight starts as soon as the Santa vs Rudolf™ slot lands at the NetEnt Casinos on the 28th of November.
NetEnt’s Christmas slots so far
It was in 2015 that NetEnt launched its first Christmas-themed slots with both Flowers™ and Fruit Shop™ turned into a Christmas-themed game. Not what you expect from a Christmas slot, but it was all we got that year. I wasn’t much enthusiastic about these two games and I hoped that NetEnt would put more effort into it as soon as Christmas 2016 was around the corner.
It’s like I wrote a letter to Santa with my wish as it was in 2016 that NetEnt launched an original Christmas-themed slot, bringing a true Christmas spirit to the reels in the Secrets of Christmas™ slot. This medium/high volatility slot is the twin brother of Secret of the Stones™, but with the power to get you in the perfect Christmas mood.
In 2017, NetEnt skipped Christmas and left players with the existing Christmas slots, but in 2018 another new game was added to the category with the funny Jingle Spin™ slot. NetEnt did hear the slot bells ringing again using the existing Egg-O-Matic™ slot. In Jingle Spin™, players walk right into Santa’s workshop where the North Pole Christmas Crew have their sleeves rolled up to bring you a great game.
NetEnt decided not to skip Christmas 2019 and selected The Invisible Man™ as the inspiration source for another new Christmas-themed slot. And even though I have The Invisible Man™ slot and the preview video below to base my first opinion on, I think it’s going to be a fantastic game with Rudolf giving Santa a hard time in a very funny way.
Regarding the gameplay used for the Santa vs Rudolf™, I can only say that it hasn’t been disappointing in The Invisible Man™ slot and I’m sure it won’t in the upcoming win-both-ways video slot either featuring Re-Spins, Free Spins, Wild substitutions, Walking Wilds and 2 Bonus Features.
The Invisible Man™ slot gets a new red coat!
The Santa vs Rudolf™ slot is obviously set in that magical time of year which usually stands for peace, happiness and cheer, but not all is well in the North Pole this year! Rudolf is up to no good and seems to be stubborn as can be! He’s going to hide Santa’s hat right before he is due to embark on his journey to deliver gifts across the world and that’s not convenient at all!
The game is bringing the Christmas spirit differently this year as a battle between Santa and his usually loyal reindeer is about to take off! This might end up in a collision between the two and even though it doesn’t seem to be in the advantage of Christmas, it will be to you!
But let’s start at the start, in the main game, where you’ll find a desperate Santa on the left of the reels and a mischievous Rudolf on the right. In between, on the five reels, it’s all Christmassy with bells ringing, presents waiting to be delivered by the sleigh, but the focus will be on Santa and Rudolf, both owning a Wild. That’s where the battle begins as the Rudolf Wild is able to walk to the right while Santa’s Wild is walking the opposite way. That all goes perfectly well unless they can both be found on the row. And usually the best of friends, they seem to avoid each other in the Santa vs Rudolf™ slot. At least, until both of them appear on the same row where they have no other choice other than to collide! But no worries, Christmas won’t be ruined!
Instead, it’ll bring you the best of the best as it’s because of this collision that you’ll be sent to the Free Spins feature. Santa is mad as can be and Rudolf still doesn’t want to give up on his newly invented game! During Free Spins, they both return to the reel as Wilds where the same incidents are about to happen. This time, a collision between the two results in extra free spins and that’s great, but if Rudolf or Santa manage to get to the end of the reel, it’ll be of good influence to the corresponding meters above the reels. Each Wild falling off the reel, one space on the meter is filled with 7 spaces more to go which means a total of 8 spaces need to be filled.
A full meter for Santa triggers the Santa’s Gifts feature in which you’ll get access to a pick-and-click bonus game in which you’ll be able to choose from five presents of which three presents will be awarding coin wins, one a Multiplier and one present will end the bonus game. If this last present remains wrapped, you’ll get to the next stage with three stages available in total. In the second stage, there will be five Christmas balls to choose from while the third stage is sending you five socks.
A full Rudolf Meter results in three Rudolf Spins. Awards 3 extra free spins with each spin offering five Sticky Rudolf Wilds placed randomly on the reels.