Are you a real NetEnt fan, Aloha! Cluster Pays Touch® won’t be unknown to you. It was one of NetEnt’s first mobile slots in which clusters caused a win instead of betting lines or ways to win. In 2020, the year we all wanted to forget about as soon as it passed, a Christmas version arrived at the mobile casinos. Aloha Christmas Touch® presents the Tiki as Santa, great for a nice warm Christmas! Even better is the MAX version of the Tiki Bar Free Spins while a few more differences allow you to prefer the Christmas version over its original!
A sunny-themed Christmas mobile slot
Despite the fact that I was born in the Netherlands, I never managed to make peace with the cold winters. It’s just not for me, the reason I moved to a tiny rock in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea. Don’t get me wrong, the rock is still a cold place in winter, but I hardly ever have the idea that my toes are going to freeze off my feet.
I had a cold Christmas, a sunny Christmas, a rainy Christmas, a white Christmas, but in the end, it’s not the weather that matters, it’s the people you celebrate it with. So a sunny Christmas game is okay, I guess. As long as you don’t put snow on a sunflower, it’s all fine by me. A Christmas hat on a Hawaiian Tiki, all good.
Besides the Tiki going Santa, you can also visit a Christmas market on the beach. There’s a pile of presents too, while the usual tropical Hawaiian theme is now mixed with bells ringing. It’s Christmas in Hawaii too and you’re invited to join the festive season there. Meanwhile, you can enjoy an extra reel and some new features in Aloha Christmas Touch®.
Aloha Cluster Pays Touch® vs Aloha Christmas Touch®
The two games have a lot in common such as the Cluster Pays mechanic. Of course, Aloha Christmas Touch® brings the festive mood many enjoy so much in December. For that reason, NetEnt added some Christmassy items to the reels. In order to make Aloha Christmas Touch® interesting all year long, you can enjoy a few new features as well that weren’t available in Aloha Cluster Pays Touch®.
We see the Sticky Re-spins back in Aloha Christmas Touch®. It’s obvious that the two features work the same as they are both activated randomly during the main game for the winning symbols to become sticky while the rest of the symbols to go for another round. This mobile slot feature can help create an even bigger win than the one from the initial spin.
Also, the same is the Free Spins feature. However, in the Christmas version, you can choose between a low volatile and high volatile Free Spins feature as visible in the above image. Choose for the standard 10 free spins with an x2, x3 or x4 Multiplier. Go for the high volatile MAX version and you activate 6 free spins with an x4, x5 or x7 Multiplier.
New in Aloha Christmas Touch® is the Mystery symbol. Mystery symbols can appear anywhere on the reels in the main game and during Free Spins. After the reels have stopped, any Mystery symbols on the reels that have a chance to become a part of a winning combination turn into the same regular symbol.
Aloha Christmas Touch® features
I think I have mentioned all slot features in my comparison with the original, but there’s one particular feature that deserves a bit of extra attention. It’s the Free Spins feature as it comes in two versions that might be a bit unclear for some new players.
As usual, 3 Scatter Symbols, fully or partially appearing anywhere on the reels in the main game, activates the Free Spins feature. This time, however, you can pick the standard Free Spins feature and the Max version. Is it going to be Tiki Bar Free Spins or Tiki Bar Max Free Spins.
Tiki Bar Free Spins (standard version):
10 Free Spins
x2, x3 or x4 Multipliers
Tiki Bar Max Free Spins:
6 Free Spins
x4, x5 or x7 Multipliers
As you can see, the standard is a low volatile feature and is the MAX version high volatile. The difference between the two is that the MAX version awards fewer free spins but higher winnings. This means that with the same bet, you can win much more with each spin. Hence, the fewer free spins. The question basically is, do you go for a lot of spins with lower wins or fewer spins with higher wins? It’s like asking do you go for a cold Christmas with Santa vs Rudolf Touch® or Secrets of Christmas Touch® or do you go for a warm Christmas with Aloha Christmas Touch®. It’s all up to you this Christmas!