Spinions Xmas Party: Slot Overview
Back in the mid-10s, Quickspin took off for a day at the seaside, bringing with them a bunch of fun-loving adorable wee critters called the Spinions. Whether the studio dumped them and fled, or the Spinions had so much fun building sandcastles they didn't want to leave, the Spinions were never heard from since. Until now that is, thanks to Quickspin reviving the crew for a Christmas special titled Spinions Xmas Party. They've chosen to take the relatively easy option, too, reusing pretty much everything that appeared in the previous beach game, including much if not all of the same math model and features.
The view has changed, though. Instead of sun, sea, and sand, the Spinions are hitting the slopes in a winter wonderland to have a traditional Northern Hemisphere Christmas. The action occurs across a transparent game grid set on a mountainside surrounded by alpine architecture, snow, and loads of happy Spinions staring up at the spinning symbols. It's a darn cheerful scene, befitting of the season, and backed by an equally laxed soundtrack.
On the technical side, Spinions Xmas Party is set up using a combination of 5 reels, 3 rows, and 25 fixed paylines. It's not the most lucrative Christmas slot out there; despite possessing a highly volatile math model which Quickspin has rated as 4.43 out of 5 – as specific as ever from the team. The default RTP, meanwhile, is the same as before, at 96.05%, with around a fifth of it allocated to the base game, a third to free spins, and the rest going to the sticky wild respin feature. To kick off, bets from 10 p/c to £/€100 may be set on any device.
Spinions Xmas Party is easy to play, where the number one goal is to land three to five matching symbols across its paylines. Five of those pay symbols are low-value 10-A card royals, all worth 2.4x the bet for a line of five, while the remainder are gingerbread men, tree baubles, bells, cooked turkeys, and bottles of bubbly. These high pay symbols fork out wins worth 5 to 8 times your stake for a five of a kind win. Spinions appear on the wild symbol, landing on any reel. Wilds are pretty important in Spinions Xmas Party. Not only are they worth 20x the bet for five of a kind, they also replace any regular pay symbols to complete wins and are instrumental in Spinions Xmas Party's two features.
Spinions Xmas Party: Slot Features
Simple but fun is the rule around here, and the duo of features rounding out the action are Spinions Sticky Wild Respins, and Xmas Party Free Spins.
Spinions Sticky Wild Respins
When 2 or more Spinion Wilds are present on a single spin, Spinions Sticky Wilds Respins are triggered. Wilds lock in position for the respin, and if a new one lands, it locks, then another respin is awarded. This process repeats until no new wild symbols hit.
Xmas Party Free Spins
Bonus scatter symbols can appear in the base game on reels 1, 3, or 5 - landing 3 of them at once awards 10 free spins. During free spins, Spinion Wilds remain sticky for the duration of the feature. The round ends when free spins run to zero and cannot be retriggered. Also, the Spinions Sticky Wild Respins feature is not available in free spins.
Spinions Xmas Party: Slot Verdict
If you ever wondered what a Minions themed slot might look like, the Spinions are about as close as we are likely to get. Like the Minions, Spinions have an innocuous quality that makes them easy to get along with. Their smiling, wide-eyed antics draw you into the wintery world, and the way they celebrate a win by throwing their arms in the air and waving them around like they just do care makes them even more endearing. What we are trying to say is Spinions Xmas Party has a warmth that makes it a potential match for some seasonal, sitting by the fire getting toasty warm, gambling.
The features supplied with Spinions Xmas Party complement the overall jolly atmosphere as well. Although rather basic, it can be exciting when a chain reaction of respins occurs, each one blasting out a slightly higher payout than the previous respin. It's nice Quickspin programmed the game to do it that way rather than add wilds until no more stick, then do a one-off win evaluation. Free spins simply take this concept to the next level by leaving sticky wilds in place until the round ends. As far as bet multipliers go, Spinions Xmas Party is not an extremely rewarding game, far from it, really. In fact, even with hordes of Spinion Wilds crowding the reels, wins top out at 1,876 times the bet.
In some ways, the max win figure is a little Grinchy compared to what the competition is doing, and Spinions Xmas Party will never be accused of being a massive game. But do you know what? The sub 2k top prize feels right in a way, rounding off what was a cheerful slot to review. Spinions Xmas Party turned out to be a feel-good Christmas game that is possibly more likely to create smiles than epic payouts yet is A-OK playing that allotted role.
Spinions Xmas Party is a charming slot that could be just the right choice for some light-hearted seasonal gaming.